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Education (EDUC) 310

The Canadian Training System (Revision 1)

EDUC 310 Course website

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version.

Delivery Mode:Individualized study.


Area of Study:Social Science


Centre:Centre for Work and Community Studies

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EDUC 310 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the concepts, players, and issues involved in achieving a match between the skills required by the labour market and those offered for remuneration in that same labour market. Specifically, the long-standing debates over what forms of training should be provided, who should have access to acquiring those skills, and who should be responsible for the structure, financing, and delivery of training are examined in the broader context of the changing nature of work and the labour market. In addition, the course considers the ways in which the various aspects of the training system in Canada have evolved and how the different labour market partners (employers, workers, education and training providers, and governments) collaborate and conflict in pursuing the goals and expectations each has for the skills of employed and unemployed members of the labour force.


EDUC 310 is divided into the following five units.

Unit 1: A Primer on Training

Unit 2: The Context for Training

Unit 3: Training in the Workplace

Unit 4: The Public Role in Training

Unit 5: Challenges for the 21st Century


To receive credit in EDUC 310, you must complete all assignments and obtain an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) or greater for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign 1 End of Unit 1 10%
Assign 2 End of Unit 2 15%
Assign 3 End of Unit 3 15%
Assign 4 End of Unit 4 15%
Assign 5 End of Unit 5 20%
Assign 6 End of all units 25%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Buckley, J. (2008). Fit to print: The Canadian student's guide to essay writing (7th ed.). Scarborough: Nelson Thomson Learning. (This book is a useful, self-help guide that addresses many of the essay-writing problems students often face.)


Betcherman, Gordon, Kathryn McMullen, and Katie Davidman. Training for the New Economy, Ottawa: Canadian Policy Research Networks, 1998.

Other materials

The course materials also include a course guide, a study guide, and a book of readings.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for EDUC 310 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, Nov 20/03.


Last updated by SAS  09/10/2013 11:31:20