I.     Course Prefix/Number: GBS 253

       Course Name: Practicum

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 15 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

12 credits of GBS courses or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides opportunity to earn credit and valuable experience while doing a project on the job in an approved company.  Intended for the second-year Global Business Studies student.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course the students will be able to:
1.    Implement global studies theory to an organization.

2.    Apply and develop cost saving measures, increase profits, or develop and implement effective work procedures.

3.    Have proven to his or her superiors that this person is capable of worth-while contributions to the organization.

4.    Integrate applications of the learning experience to the work situation.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

The practicum is conducted with some guidelines designed to produce the results outlined on page one.  These guidelines are not inviolable, they may be tailored to the individual student somewhat, but they are to be followed generally.

1.    The student should be encouraged to select the project jointly with the work supervisor.  The instructor should interfere only to keep the scope of the project of the proper size, and the project of worthwhile significance.

2.    The project should be finalized within the first week of the semester.  The meeting to kick off the project should take place about one week into the semester.

3.    Projects should be undertaken which will save the organization money, increase efficiency, make training easier, or other benefit which the supervisor would normally like to have done in the absence of the student.

4.    Students who have trouble selecting a project will usually receive helpful suggestions from the supervisor, who in all likelihood has many things which should be done but have been continuously put off due to time constraints.

5.    Projects which the student and/or the supervisor themselves really want to do come with the built-in motivation necessary for this more unstructured learning experience.

6.    The size of the project should approximate the equivalent in hourly student input from a three hour course, that is about nine hours a week.  Duration should be including start up and review at the end, about 16 weeks.

7.    Weekly review is needed to keep the students from procrastinating.  The review can be an oral report.

8.    A written report at the conclusion is required.  Supervisors may keep the review if it contains sensitive information, but the instructor should at least scrutinize it at the final meeting.

9.    This will be the highlight and the culmination of most students’ training in the program, and if the instructor treats it as an exciting success-filled experience it is, the satisfaction gained by all three parties will be great.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

After meeting at Oakton with the instructor, the student will return to the work place, consider with his or her supervisor possible projects then meet with the instructor and the supervisor at the place of business to finalize the project.  The student then does the project with weekly contact with the supervisor and instructor.  Finally the student, the supervisor and instructor meet again at the place of business to judge the results of the project.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Progress is measured by weekly interviews with the student.  The student is largely on his or her own and expected to perform in a professional manner in this advanced course.  The final interview with the review of the project is the major determinant of the grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Attendance policies will be established by each instructor.

B.    Each instructor will establish policies with respect to make-up exams, incomplete grades, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at