PD12: Critical Reflection for Growth in the Workplace

PD12: Critical Reflection for Growth in the Workplace helps you develop your skillset in relation to critical reflection and gain an appreciation for the importance of critical reflection for personal and professional growth.

You will make connections between volunteer/work experiences and degree-related course content, examine your skills in relation to Waterloo’s Future Ready Talent Framework, and explore practical work considerations, such as equity in the workplace, skills for self-advocacy and strategies for navigating organizational cultures. 

What will you do in PD12?

  • Set a SMART goal that supports professional growth. 
  • Practice giving and requesting feedback through email correspondence. 
  • Develop effective strategies for navigating workplace stress. 

Grading information

To pass PD12, you must satisfy both requirements below: 

  • earn an overall grade of at least 50% on the first four assessments (Assignments 1a, 1b, 2, 3) plus any bonus opportunities 

  • a grade of at least 50% on the Major Reflective Report. 

If you have a question about grading in PD12, contact the course team

Course instructor

Zara Rafferty

Zara Rafferty 

Zara is a continuing lecturer in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. As an instructor, she promotes active student learning that emphasizes learning outcomes and instructional design best practices.

Zara has developed and delivered courses in face-to-face, blended, and fully online environments, ranging from small senior seminars to 350-student lectures. Zara's aim is to create courses that are engaging and relevant for students. As the department’s teaching mentor, she supports the work of department sessionals and assists faculty members in developing and evaluating course content and teaching strategies.

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Student testimonials

I felt that the course did a great job at outlining key components that contribute towards my success as a co-op student, while providing elements I will refer back to in the future.

The course allowed me to analyze myself as an employee. It made me think about my strengths and weaknesses and how to utilize or improve those areas during my work term. It taught me a lot about self-assessment and how to keep track of my progress, as well as ask for feedback from my employer. This helped me tremendously throughout my co-op.

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