Preceptors: the Basics

What is LASC 297A?

LASC 297A is a workshop dedicated to teaching preceptors professional development and leadership skills. Students take this workshop alongside fulfilling their duties as a preceptor. The workshop is a nine-week course that usually starts during the third week of the semester where students will engage in activities that bolster skills in presentation, communication, public speaking, and teamwork. This workshop is how students earn credits for their preceptorship - the final workshop grade is determined by the student's performance within both the workshop and their preceptorship. LASC 297A is worth three credits which count towards a student's GPA. 

View the latest LASC 297A syllabus (DOCX) to see a detailed breakdown of the course.

What are preceptors?

Preceptors are students that assist professors in one of their classes. The tasks and duties of preceptors will vary widely, as the roles of a preceptor are based on an agreement between the individual student and professor. Often times, preceptors are expected to have duties including:

  • Facilitate classtime activities
  • Answer student questions and assist them with problems
  • Provide feedback on student work
  • Assist the professor with creating content for the course

The class which a student precepts for is their "home course." While there are no restrictions on which class a student can precept for, it's recommended for the student to find a class whose material they're comfortable with so that they can benefit that class and professor to the best of their abilities. 

What are the requirements?

A preceptorship is primarily a contract between a student and professor, so the first requirement is to make sure that both parties agree to the preceptorship. Students typically choose a home course that they've already taken or are currently taking. After filling out a contract with their professor and enrolling in LASC 297A, students are set for the semester! In order to earn credits for the preceptorship, students must pass LASC 297A by performing as expected in both the preceptorship and the workshop. 

Objectives:

The objectives of LASC 297A: Academic & Leadership Skills Workshop are to assist students with their preceptorships and to provide professional development in areas of critical thinking, public speaking, leadership, and group dynamics. This is done with a two-fold process:

  1. Preceptors participate in semester-long workshop to gain experience with skills that support academic and future professional success. Preceptors use their natural abilities, experiences, and new skills to be a part of a teaching team both with their home course and within the workshop.

    Teaching Team: Preceptors, instructors, and teaching assistants working together to create a dynamic learning environment.

  2. Preceptors engage with the content (topics and course objectives) for their home course. Preceptors can assist with the home course through a variety of duties outlined by their instructor and using new skills learned in the workshop.