Career-related Programme (CP) - Engineering

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students interested in pursuing a career-related education in the final two years of high school. It provides students with an excellent foundation to support their further education in college or a technical school, as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce.

All CP students must also study a minimum of two Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

CP: Four core components

A key element of the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP), the CP core enhances student’s personal and interpersonal development, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

The CP core bridges the IB academic courses and the career-related study and provides students with a combination of academic and practical skills.

Four interrelated components form the core:

  • Personal and professional skills is designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future.

In this course the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.

  • Service learning is the development and application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified and authentic community need.

In this research-based approach, students often undertake service initiatives related to topics studied previously in their academic disciplines, utilizing skills, understandings and values developed in these studies.

  • The reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time and submitted towards the end of the CP. Through a reflective project students identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies.

The reflective project is intended to promote high-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.

  • Language development ensures that all students have access to and are exposed to a language programme that will assist and further their understanding of the wider world. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the IB’s concept of an international education.

Language development encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their best language.

PLTW courses

SJA offers four Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses that are required to complete the CP program:

Introduction to Engineering Design (Required for all St. Joan Antida High School Students for graduation)

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Digital Electronics

From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Engineering Design and Development

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

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