Education (EDUC) 310

The Canadian Training System (Revision 2)

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Permanently closed, effective Jan 2, 2019

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: EDUC 310 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HRMT 310. EDUC 310 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HRMT 310.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDUC 310 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the training system in Canada, including the major concepts, players, and issues involved in achieving a match between the skills required by the Canadian labour market and the skills offered for pay in that same labour market. It examines the debates about the forms of training that should be provided, who should have access to acquiring those skills, and who should be responsible for the structure, financing, and delivery of training in the broader context of the changing nature of work and the labour market. The course also looks at how various aspects of the Canadian training system have evolved, and how the different labour market partners (employers, workers, governments, and education and training providers) collaborate and conflict in pursuing the goals and expectations each has for the employed and unemployed members of Canada's labour force.


EDUC 310 is divided into the following five units.

  • Unit 1: Understanding the Canadian Training System
  • Unit 2: Training, Learning and Skills
  • Unit 3: Training in the Workplace
  • Unit 4: Governments and Training
  • Unit 5: Moving Forward on Training Challenges


To receive credit in EDUC 310, you must attain and overall grade of at least D (50 percent) or greater and obtain a grade on the final exam of D (50 percent) or greater. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 (Multiple Choice Quiz), Unit 1 10%
Assignment 2 (Short Essay), Unit 2 20%
Assignment 3 (Short Essay), Unit 3 20%
Assignment 4 (Short Essay), Unit 4 30%
Final Exam, Unit 4 20%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


N. Gogia and B. Slade (2011). About Canada: Immigration. Fernwood Press.

Other materials

The course materials include an online study guide and online readings.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for EDUC 310 challenge registration you must complete and pass (50% or higher) a take-home assignment and 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 2, February 7, 2013.

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