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Types of student skills

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We encourage all students and alumni who connect with UVic Co-op and Career to develop competencies—knowledge, skills and attributes—that help them build successful careers. Learn about these competencies below and find out who you can hire.

Our students can contribute four types of competencies to your workplace:

  1. Core competencies, like teamwork, communication and organizational skills
  2. Program-specific competencies related to their academic discipline
  3. Professional competencies valued by your professional field, industry or organization
  4. Cross-cultural competencies that help make students strong global citizens

Learn more about UVic student competencies below.

Do you want to discuss specific student skills you’re looking for? Contact your co-op program and speak with a co-op coordinator.

Core
competencies

We’ve identified ten core competencies that are valuable in most workplaces, and we help students and alumni to develop them. 

Personal management

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Personal management means that students understands themselves and are conscious of the implications of their interactions with others.

Students show personal management skills when they:

  • act with honesty, integrity and personal ethics
  • recognize their personal efforts and the efforts of others
  • acknowledge diverse opinions and accept differences
  • manage their personal health and emotional well-being
  • take responsibility and demonstrate resiliency and accountability for themselves
  • plan and manage their personal time, finances and other resources
  • assess, weigh and manage risk in the face of uncertainty
  • recognize their strengths and areas for improvement
  • adapt to new environments and cultures
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Communication

Communication

Communication means that students are comfortable using a broad range of communication styles, and that they choose appropriate, effective ways to communicate to different audiences in diverse situations.

Students show communication skills when they:

  • communicate in a respectful tone and manner
  • listen actively and communicate effectively with others
  • write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats
  • listen and ask questions to understand other people’s viewpoints
  • communicate issues promptly
  • are aware of and responsive to verbal and non-verbal communication styles
  • recognize cultural differences in communication
  • use effective cross-cultural communication skills
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Managing information

Managing information

Managing information means that students are able to think critically and gather, sort, store and use information to turn data into knowledge.

Students shows information management skills when they:

  • research and interpret relevant information from a range of sources
  • review, retain and apply ideas
  • evaluate the validity and bias of information
  • use gathered data to draw conclusions or to create new sources of information that can be shared with others
  • document their sources of information
  • use appropriate technology to find and process information
  • assess, weigh and manage risk in the face of uncertainty
  • recognize their strengths and areas to improve
  • adapt to new environments and cultures
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Research and analysis

Research and analysis

Research and analysis means that students use information from a variety of sources—including personal experience and their own observations—to identify options and solve problems.

Students research and analyze when they:

  • recognize the human, interpersonal and technical sides of a problem
  • access, analyze and apply knowledge and skills from various fields
  • think critically and strategically
  • apply knowledge and skills from past experiences to new situations
  • assess situations and identify problems
  • explore possible solutions in an innovative and creative way
  • evaluate solutions to make decisions
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Project, task and organizational skills

Project, task and organizational skills

Students use project, task and organizational skills when they plan, implement, manage and measure projects and tasks in a timely and directed manner.

Students put this competency into practice when they:

  • plan and carry out projects with well-defined goals and outcomes
  • determine appropriate implementation strategies, tools and technologies
  • adapt to changing work priorities and workplace practices
  • use a range of assessment techniques to monitor a project or task
  • establish priorities to meet deadlines
  • carry out multiple tasks or projects at the same time
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Teamwork

Teamwork

Teamwork means that students work cooperatively and collaboratively with others to achieve collective goals.

Students show teamwork when they:

  • work within the dynamics of a group
  • show commitment to the team’s purpose and goals
  • accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate way
  • share information and encourage others to do the same
  • support and motivate the group to perform at its best
  • recognize the role of conflict when appropriate
  • build professional relationships
  • show accountability to the team’ and follow through on their commitments
  • work effectively with different personalities across a variety of social and professional situations
  • consider diverse, cross-cultural perspectives and working styles
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Commitment to quality

Commitment to quality

Commitment to quality means that students take pride in their work and strive for excellence to achieve the best possible results.

Students show commitment to quality when they:

  • look for opportunities to improve their work practices
  • generate ideas for improvement
  • pay attention to the quality of their work
  • persist when difficulties arise
  • try innovative ways to get things done
  • consider situations from new perspectives
  • evaluate work results for effectiveness
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Professional behaviour

Professional behaviour

Professional behaviour means students use sound judgment to meet or exceed their guidelines, standards and expectations.

Students show professional behaviour when they:

  • follow workplace policies (e.g. health and safety, equity, harassment and confidentiality)
  • recognize their rights and responsibilities
  • respect federal and provincial laws related to workplace policies and procedures
  • abide by the standards of practice recognized in their field
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Social responsibility

Social responsibility

Social responsibility means that students recognize how their beliefs, ethics and actions fit within the context of a greater community.

Students show social responsibility when they:

  • know their personal convictions and strive to put them into practice
  • accept responsibility for their own actions
  • show a respect for others’ rights and diverse ideas
  • commit to personal, professional and academic honesty
  • choose ethical courses of action
  • contribute to their local, national and international community
  • build relationships without prejudice
  • consider the global implications of their decisions
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Continuous learning

Continuous learning

Continuous learning means that students use pursue and apply new knowledge and skills in all of their experiences.

Students show continuous learning when they:

  • set and pursue personal and educational goals
  • access learning sources and opportunities
  • show a willingness to continuously learn and grow
  • learn from their mistakes and successes
  • seek feedback from others and accept constructive feedback
  • stay current with techniques and technologies in their field
How does Co-op and Career help students and alumni gain this competency?

We offer many helpful services and programs, including:

Program-specific
competencies

Each UVic program equips students with program-specific competencies that reflect the unique nature of UVic's academic disiplines. You can learn about your student’s program-specific competencies below (competencies are written in second person).

Pick your program from the list below

Select your program to see a list of your program-specific competencies, which were jointly developed by Co-op and Career and UVic departments and schools. Some lists are still under development, so if you don't see your program listed, check back again.

These competencies are abbreviated from longer resources provided directly from UVic departments. Click on “Detailed competencies” under each program to see a comprehensive description.

Anthropology

  • You understand development theories and practical applications of anthropological research
  • You use the concepts, language and major theories of the discipline to account for the many aspects of what it means to be human
  • You understand the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in anthropology including human biological evolution, socio-cultural systems and archaeological research and analysis

Biochemistry and Microbiology

  • You understand and use the principles of the scientific method
  • You instruct co-workers in scientific procedure
  • You develop and use scientific software to support your research endeavours
  • You conduct research in the field
  • You use practical and safe techniques within a laboratory setting
  • You gain knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology and immunology
Detailed Biochemistry and Microbiology competencies l Department of Biochemistry/Microbiology

Biology

  • You use practical and safe techniques to conduct research in biology
  • You acquire knowledge and skills to obtain a professional position or pursue graduate training in biology
  • You use practical and safe techniques within a laboratory setting
  • You understand and use the principles of the scientific method and the application of experimental techniques to solve specific problems

Detailed Biology competencies l Department of Biology

Biomedical Engineering

GENERAL ENGINEERING COMPETENCIES:
  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to increase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice

Detailed Biomedical Engineering competencies - coming soon! l Biomedical Engineering Program

Chemistry

  • You use practical and safe techniques within a laboratory setting
  • You develop and use scientific software to support research endeavours
  • You instruct students, colleagues or co-workers in scientific procedure
  • You conduct research in the field
  • You understand and use the principles of the scientific method

Detailed Chemistry competencies l Department of Chemistry

Child and Youth Care

  • You implement case assessment, case management, risk assessment (suicide, sexual abuse and family violence assessment)
  • You provide program planning and delivery
  • You deliver therapeutic and crisis interventions
  • You use effective counseling and communication skills
  • You offer developmental and culturally appropriate practice
  • You use critical thinking and ethnical decision making

Detailed Child and Youth Care competencies l School of Child and Youth Care

Civil Engineering

GENERAL ENGINEERING COMPETENCIES:
  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to increase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice

Detailed Civil Engineering competencies - coming soon! l Civil Engineering Program

Commerce

  • You have the ability to lead and influence others
  • You have the ability to take responsibility for managing professional development
  • You demonstrate competence with data and systems management
  • You have an aptitude for financial decision making
  • You have demonstrated marketing acumen
  • You have strong organizational awareness
  • You understand triple bottom line thinking
  • You have awareness of multicultural work places and relationships
  • You have the motivation to improve business operations

Detailed Business competencies (Commerce) l Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Computer Engineering

  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to increase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice
  • You understand how control systems function and their use
  • You demonstrate knowledge of the architecture of computer systems and the interrelationship between the OS and the architecture
  • You participate in the design and testing of electronic circuits
  • You employ knowledge of software life cycles and developmental phases

Detailed Computer Engineering competencies l Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer Science

  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to increase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice
  • You understand the principles of computer networking and engineering
  • You can use your knowledge of software life cycles and developmental phases
  • You know the architecture of computer systems and the interrelationship between the OS and architecture
  • You understand the theoretical foundations of computer science and how to abstract known methods to new problems

Detailed Computer Science competencies l Department of Computer Science

Earth and Ocean Sciences

  • You understand the underpinning Earth Science theory that supports professional scientific practice and apply this to your own area of interest
  • You understand and use the principles of the scientific method
  • You develop and use scientific software to support research endeavours
  • You conduct research in the field
  • You use practical and safe techniques within a laboratory setting
  • You instruct co-workers in scientific procedure

Detailed Earth and Ocean Sciences competencies l Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Economics

  • You understand the major concepts, theories and historical trends in economics
  • You can apply mathematically based methods of measurement
  • You understand issues in economic decision-making in the public and private sectors
  • You’re able to apply statistical methods
  • You solve problems with a clear, concise and rigourous approach
  • You’re able to apply the principles and theories used to explain economic events

Detailed Economics competencies l Department of Economics

Education (Teacher Education)

  • You can assess and plan effective learning for diverse student needs, interests and capabilities
  • You’re able to share ideas with colleagues, professional organizations and the wider community
  • You have a broad knowledge base with an in-depth understanding of a particular subject
  • You understand child development and contextual influences
  • You follow the legal and ethical frameworks of education

Detailed Teacher Education competencies l Teacher Education programs

Electrical Engineering

  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to increase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice
  • You understand computer networking principles and engineering
  • You employ knowledge of software life cycles and developmental phases
  • You demonstrate knowledge of the architecture of computer systems and the interrelationship between the OS and the architecture
  • You understand the theoretical foundations of computer science and the practice of abstracting known methods to new problems

Detailed Electrical Engineering competencies l Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

English

  • You demonstrate professional-level proficiency with the English language
  • You demonstrate knowledge of English literature from the medieval period to the present
  • You critically read works of literature in English and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • You understand works of literature in their historical, social and cultural contexts

Detailed English competencies l Department of English

Environmental Studies

  • You understand how social, economic and political systems affect biophysical systems
  • You understand the research, theories and principles of environmental studies
  • You can study environmental research across humanities, natural and social sciences
  • You can develop and deliver effective presentations for diverse audiences
  • You respect the complexity of cultural-ecological interactions
  • You’re able to take part in collaborative research and practice

Detailed Environmental Studies competencies l School of Environmental Studies

French

  • You read, write and converse effectively in French
  • You translate between French and English
  • You demonstrate knowledge of literature in French
  • You critically read works of literature in French and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • You understand works of literature in their historical, social and cultural contexts

Detailed French competencies l Department of French

Geography

  • You’re familiar with the major concepts, approaches, theories and findings of geography
  • You understand the fields of physical geography and how they contribute to the study of the physical environment
  • You understand the fields of human geography and how they contribute to the study of the human landscape
  • You’re able to apply qualitative and quantitative methods in geography
Detailed Geography competencies l Department of Geography

Germanic and Slavic Studies

  • You communicate effectively in German
  • You communicate effectively in Russian
  • You demonstrate knowledge of literature, film, and culture in the German-speaking countries from the medieval period to the present
  • You demonstrate knowledge of literature, film and culture in Russia from the medieval period to the present
  • You understand works of literature and film in their historical, social and cultural contexts

Detailed Germanic and Slavic Studies l Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Greek and Roman Studies

  • You’re knowledgeable in Latin and ancient Greek language and literature
  • You interpret literary and non-literary texts in the context of the literary tradition
  • You’re aware of historical events in ancient Greece and Rome
  • You apply a systematic method of enquiry
  • You interpret historical events and issues in their political and military contexts
  • You understand material culture in its social and cultural contexts

Detailed Greek and Roman competencies l Department of Greek and Roman Studies

Health Information Science

  • You apply knowledge of clinical and biomedical concepts, processes and technologies
  • You understand key information technology concepts and components
  • You contribute to information management principles and best practices
  • You understand the health systems in Canada and the contributions of health informatics
  • You understand and contribute to management and organizational plans and strategies
  • You apply project management principles including collaboration and evaluation

Detailed Health Information Science competencies l School of Health Information Science

Hispanic and Italian Studies

  • You communicate effectively in Spanish or Italian
  • You’re knowledgeable of literature in Spanish and Italian from the medieval period to the present
  • You critically read works of literature and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • You understand works of literature in their historical, social and cultural contexts

Detailed Hispanic and Italian Studies competencies l Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

History

  • You’re aware of historical events and issues with a focus on Canadian, American, British, European, Asian, comparative or world history
  • You understand and interpret historical events and issues in their political and military contexts
  • You understand and interpret historical events and issues in their social and cultural contexts
  • You use a systematic method of enquiry to interpret historical events and issues

Detailed History competencies l History Department

History in Art

  • You develop awareness of global, aesthetic and visual traditions of art history
  • You deploy various methods of inquiry to understand and interpret artifacts
  • You understand artistic practices and art-historical artifacts in their historical, social and cultural contexts

Detailed History in Art competencies l Department of History in Art

Kinesiology

  • You assess human movement, performance and function by applying biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychomotor behaviour
  • You’re able to read, evaluate and apply research and professional information
  • You design programs that maintain, rehabilitate or enhance human movement for a diverse clientele
  • You’re knowledgeable in the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychomotor behaviour

Detailed Kinesiology competencies l Kinesiology program

Latin American Studies

  • You communicate effectively in Spanish
  • You demonstrate knowledge of Latin American literature from the sixteenth century to the present
  • You critically read works of literature and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • Your understand works of literature in their historical, social and cultural contexts
Detailed Latin American competencies l Department of Latin American Studies

Law

  • You have the foundation of legal knowledge and skills needed to practice law and to fulfill the many professional roles that require legal training
  • You’ve explored specialized areas of legal training and gained practical experience
  • You understand the context— social, economic, historical, philosophical and cultural—in which our legal system has developed and continues to evolve

Detailed Law competencies l Faculty of Law

Linguistics

  • You examine and classify the inventories of sounds found in human languages
  • You examine and explain how words are formed and how words are put together to form sentences
  • You examine how language conveys meaning
  • You examine how and why languages change through time
  • You examine how cognition and language are related
  • You examine the way language is used by speakers
  • You examine the relation between language and culture
  • You examine how linguistics can be used to contribute to the teaching and learning of languages

Detailed Linguistics competencies l Department of Linguistics

Mathematics and Statistics

  • You’re able to solve situational problems related to mathematics and statistics
  • You reason using mathematical and statistical concepts and processes
  • You can communicate with mathematical and statistical language
  • You apply appropriate mathematical and statistical processes to given situations
  • You draw links between mathematical and statistical language and everyday language
  • You can decode, share and validate

Detailed Mathematics and Statistics competencies l Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanical Engineering

  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to incrase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice
  • You apply your knowledge of engineering materials and their properties and behaviours
  • You can identify and solve problems occurring with rigid bodies in static equilibrium and with moving bodies in dynamic movement
  • You can solve thermodynamic problems using mathematical formulations
  • You demonstrate knowledge of power and energy systems fundamentals and their integration within the modern electrical grid and community
  • You understand how control systems function and their use

Detailed Mechanical Engineering competencies l Department of Mechanical Engineering

Medieval Studies

  • You critically evaluate the different types of evidence employed in the study of the Medieval world
  • You demonstrate an awareness of the history and culture of the Medieval period
  • You utilize a systematic method of enquiry in the interpretation of the Medieval period
  • You understand texts, visual culture and material culture int heir social and cultural contexts
Detailed Medieval Studies competencies l Department of Medieval Studies

Music

  • You practice music at a professional level
  • You use advanced techniques to compose contemporary music
  • You understand the theoretical underpinnings of Western music
  • You recognize the changing role of music
  • You demonstrate advanced performance techniques
  • You understand the foundations of music education
  • You’re able to leverage computer technology to explore new directions in music

Detailed Music competencies l Department of Music

Nursing

  • You demonstrate professional conduct
  • You draw on a specialized body of knowledge
  • You apply your knowledge to patient care
  • You make competent professional judgments and practice decisions
  • You understand the concept and importance of public protection
  • You’re able to self-regulate through personal development and enhancement

Detailed Nursing competencies l School of Nursing

Pacific and Asian Studies

  • You communicate effectively in Chinese
  • You communicate effectively in Japanese
  • You communicate effectively in Indonesian-Malay
  • You demonstrate a wide knowledge of the histories, cultures and societes of the Pacific Asia region
  • You demonstrate knowledge of Chinese history, culture and society
  • You demonstrate knowledge of Japanese history, culture and society
  • You demonstrate knowledge of Southeast Asian history, culture and society
  • You critically read works of literature and describe how literary texts generate meaning
Detailed Pacific and Asian Studies competencies l Department of Pacific and Asian Studies

Philosophy

  • You use methodologies and techniques to examine difficult material and identify its major features
  • You understand the central concepts, issues and theories of epistemology and the nature of reality
  • You understand the ancient and modern traditions of philosophical thought
  • You recognize ethical issues in social, political, economic, scientific and aesthetic contexts
  • You’re able to make deductively valid arguments and detect invalid arguments

Detailed Philosophy competencies l Department of Philosophy

Physical Education

  • You analyze historical, philosophical and sociological aspects of educational phenomena as they relate to contemporary educational experiences of political and social institutions and areas of academic research interest
  • You critically analyze educational thought and practice to determine unintended as well as intended effects

Physics and Astronomy

  • You understand physical laws and principles and use analytical methods to examine, explain and predict the workings of the physical world
  • You’re able to develop and use scientific software to support research
  • You’re able to conduct research in the field
  • You use the principles of the scientific method and apply experimental techniques to solve specific problems
  • You use practical, safe techniques in the laboratory
  • You instruct co-workers in scientific procedure

Detailed Physics and Astronomy competencies l Department of Physics and Astronomy

Political Science

  • You’re familiar with the major concepts, theories, empirical findings and historical trends in political science
  • You understand the social, cultural, historical, geographic and other forces that generate conflicts within and among societies
  • You recognize issues and policies that affect democracy and the distribution of power
  • You understand the philosophical foundations and development of historical and contemporary political thought
  • You know and apply basic research methods

Detailed Political Science competencies l Department of Political Science

Psychology

  • You understand the major concepts, theories, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology, including the neurological basis of behaviour; cognition and learning; social and environmental interaction; human development; personality; and therapies
  • You know and apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis and interpretation
  • You value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that underpin psychology as a science

Detailed Psychology competencies l Department of Psychology

Recreation and Health Education

  • You understand and apply psychological and social determinants to deliver programs and services
  • You can identify key values and shared visions and use them to guide your actions
  • You’re able to research, describe and adapt to cultural and social trends
  • You recognize diversity, equity and inclusiveness as they relate to community development

Detailed Recreation and Health Education competencies l Recreation and Health Education Program

Religious Studies

  • You foster critical thinking about a wide variety of textual, visual, cultural, material and archeological sources
  • You understand the significance of religious artifacts and ideas on today's society
  • You use a variety of intellectual approaches in order to understand religious phenomena
  • You understand texts, visual culture and material culture in their social and cultural contexts

Restoration of Natural Systems

  • You understand how to design restoration projects that consider knowledge areas outside of the student's professional area of expertise and include consideration of human factors
  • You're able to construct a restoration plan that includes a biophysical inventory, restoration goals, implementation plans, monitoring and adaptive management
  • You value and respect the complexity inherent in cultural-ecological interactions

Sociology

  • You demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in sociology
  • You understand a variety of social research methods and are able to evaluate and disseminate empirical research findings
  • You understand sociological theory in the context of studying social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour
  • You gain an understanding of the diversity and contributions of sociological inquiry

Software Engineering

  • You behave in accordance with the standards and code of ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • You develop systems that are reliable and effective by mitigating risk and reducing failure
  • You gather requirements, develop models and create prototypes in a timely and effective manner to incrase a project's safety and success
  • You use a broad range of engineering tools, applications and software
  • You understand the broad scope of disciplines that support engineering theory and practice
  • You understand how control systems function and their use
  • You understand computer networking principles and engineering
  • You employ knowledge of software life cycles and developmental phases
  • You demonstrate knowledge of the architecture of computer systems and the interrelationship between the OS and the architecture
  • You understand the theoretical foundations of computer science and the practice of abstracting known methods to new problems

Detailed Software Engineering competencies l Software Engineering Program

Theatre

  • You engage in the practice of theatre through performance
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the art of acting, voice and stage movement
  • You use theatre for extra-theatrical purposes such as education, social change and community building
  • You use advanced techniques in set, costume and lighting design
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the art of stage direction
  • You apply the principles, procedures and skills required to manage a theatrical production
  • You demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the history of western theatre from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through to the present day
  • You write effectively for the stage, covering the creation of character, dialogue, structure and conflict

Detailed Theatre competencies l Department of Theatre

Visual Arts

  • You engage in the practice of contemporary art
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the practice of contemporary painting
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the practice of contemporary drawing
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the practice of contemporary sculpture
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the practice of contemporary photography
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the practice of digital art
  • You demonstrate advanced techniques in the practice of video art

Detailed Visual Arts competencies l Department of Visual Arts

Women’s Studies

  • You explore feminist theories and activism as they pertain to women’s lives
  • You examine the complex ways in which power circulates through the lives of individuals and groups
  • You understand the implications of the complicated spread of global interdependence in political, economic and cultural areas for women’s lived experiences
  • You participate in building communities through active engagement in community-based groups and projects

Detailed Women’s Studies competencies l Department of Women's Studies

Writing

  • You engage in the writing and criticism of compositions in the genres of poetry, drama, creative nonfiction and fiction
  • You write original works of poetry and engage in critical discussions of the genre
  • You write original works of fiction and engage in critical discussions of the genre
  • You write original works of creative nonfiction and engage in critical discussions of the genre
  • You write original works of stage and screen drama and engage in critical discussions of the genre

Detailed Writing competencies l Department of Writing

Master of Arts - Community Development

  • You advance an agenda in complex settings by understanding relevant institutions, processes, dynamics and operational realities
  • You approach a situation or issue by defining the issue, determining its accuracy and significance
  • You connect effectively with individuals and groups by making clear and convicing oral and written presentations that achieve their purposes
  • You act with integrity, courage and care towards individuals, groups and communities
  • You are able to collaborate and work effectively in different organizational and interpersonal settings

Detailed Community Development competencies l Community Development Program

Master of Arts - Curriculum and Instruction

  • You analyze historical, philosophical, and sociological circumstances relevant to contemporary educational experiences
  • You design, implement and evaluate practical teaching activities in a range of settings
  • You critically analyze educational thought and practice to determine unintended as well as intended effects
  • You demonstrate knowledge of children and curricula for young learners
  • You discuss how current issues, trends and curricular innovations affect practice
  • You apply effective and creative pedagogical practices related to the teaching of language and literacy

Master of Arts - Dispute Resolution

  • You advance an agenda in complex settings by understanding relevant institutions, processes, dynamics and operational realities
  • You approach a situation or issue by making clear and convincing oral and written presentations that achieve their purposes
  • You act with integrity, courage and care towards individuals, groups and communities
  • You are able to collaborate and work effectively in different organizational and interpersonal settings

Detailed Dispute Resolution competencies l Dispute Resolution Program

Master of Arts - Leisure Service Administration

  • You articulate and apply knowledge in the areas of health promotion, play, sport, leisure, recreation, physical activity and wellness
  • You identify key values and shared vision and uses these principles to guide action in the field of leisure service administration

Detailed Leisure Service Administration competencies l Leisure Service Administration Program

Master of Business Administration

  • You demonstrate the ability and motivation to generate recurring profits, increase the value of a business' assets and secure the income and value of the business
  • You motivate others to achieve common business goals in a formal or informal business capacity
  • You take responsibility for the enhancement of his or her own professional knowledge and career path
  • You demonstrate competence with using technology, numbers and measures to achieve business goals
  • You demonstrate an aptitude for analyzing and interpreting complex business documents
  • You demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of marketing and the ability to use theory, concepts and tools to make marketing decisions and recommendations
  • You understand organizational structures, how decisions are made and the impact and implications of decisions
  • You understand the expanded specrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational success on social, ecological and economic dimensions
  • You demonstrate an awareness of international business and multicultural workplaces and relationships

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Master of Education - Coaching Studies (Master of Education)

  • You understand and apply effective individual and team development
  • You have an understanding of ethical practice to the field of coaching and sport development
  • You apply the principles of motor skill acquisition, responsible player and coaching behaviour and enhanced individual and team performance

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Master of Public Administration

  • You advance an agenda in complex settings by understanding relevant institutions, processes, dynamics and operational realities
  • You approach a situation or issue by making clear and convincing oral and written presentations that achieve their purposes
  • You act with integrity, courage and care towards individuals, groups and communities
  • You are able to collaborate and work effectively in different organizational and interpersonal settings
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Professional
competencies

What are professional competencies? They’re the skills, knowledge and attributes valued by the professional bodies connected to different professions.

Many occupations have professional bodies or associations with their own unique competencies. For example, the hospitality industry values competencies like customer service, cultural sensitivity and hospitality operations and procedures.

Co-op and Career encourages our students and alumni to learn about professional competencies relevant to their future careers. If your workplace, organization or field values particular competencies, please share these with your student employees. We've listed links to a wide range of professional bodies' websites below.

Anthropology

Art History

Biology

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Business

Chemistry

Child and Youth Care

Economics

Education

English

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Environmental Studies

French

Geography

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Greek and Roman Studies

Health Information Science

History

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Kinesiology

Linguistics

Medieval Studies

Music

Nursing

Pacific and Asian Studies

Philosophy

Physics and Astronomy

Political Science

Psychology

Public Administration

Recreation and Health Education

Social Work

Sociology

Theatre

Visual Arts

Writing

Women’s Studies

Cross-cultural
competencies

We've identified four cross-cultural competencies that UVic students can develop:

  • through an international experience
  • by working in a culturally diverse workplace

By developing these competencies, students become strong global citizens, a quality that they can apply to your workplace. The four international competencies are:

1) Strategic thinking

1) Strategic thinking

In the context of an international work experience, the student engages in cultural interactions with the intent to enhance his or her personal development and contribute to the workplace.

Students demonstrate strategic thinking when they:

  • are conscious of their assumptions relating to cultural issues and question them at all times
  • think about how they can take initiative to learn from co-workers from different cultural backgrounds
  • plan how to pursue networking opportunities with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • consider new strategies during each cultural encounter
  • check for opportunities for cultural growth
  • consider how their area of study is applicable in a global context

2) Cultural knowledge

2) Cultural knowledge

The student has a good understanding of different cultures and applies this knowledge in his or her daily life.

Students demonstrate cultural knowledge when they:

  • recognize and respect cultural diversity
  • learn appropriate, effective ways to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • know how to be diplomatic and sensitive to the dynamics of a cross-cultural workplace
  • understand how to communicate with people who speak or write a different language
  • know how to be adept in a new environment
  • understand ways to cope with constant change
  • learn phrases in a new language, or learn a new language

3) Cultural drive

3) Cultural drive

The student is curious about new surroundings and cultures and actively seeks out learning opportunities.

Students demonstrate cultural drive when they:

  • welcome the opportunity to learn more about the geography and culture of their work term city, region and country
  • take initiative to explore their environment
  • actively network with people from different cultures
  • take interest in current events in their work term country
  • engage with people in their employer organization and community
  • network wth potential international employers and inquire about the competencies valued by these companies
  • recognize their strengths and seek areas to improve

4) Cross-cultural behaviour

4) Cross-cultural behaviour

The student demonstrates flexibility in his or her interactions and is able to recognize and adapt to cultural nuances in the workplace and beyond.

Students demonstrate cross-cultural behaviour when they:

  • display a positive attitude towards change and new environments
  • adapt to different cross-cultural communication norms
  • change their verbal and nonverbal behaviours according to different situations
  • demonstrate that they acknowledge the human, interpersonal and technical sides of a problem
  • show flexibility and explore possible solutions in an innovative and creative way
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