2007-2008 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

X. Degree Programs

Co-operative Education Programs

Co-operative Education is an experiential learning process that integrates academic study with paid work experience. Students will participate in a competitive employment process to be engaged in work terms developed and/or approved by Co-operative Education and Career Services as suitable learning experiences relevant to the students' area of academic study. A graded work report and performance evaluation will be required for each work term and will appear on the student's official transcript. The academic and work schedules will vary with degree program and major.

The first work term is scheduled after the third or fourth academic semester, providing an academic foundation on which to build the work experience. In addition, COOP*1100 – Introduction to Co-operative Education, a mandatory, non-credit course, is a prerequisite for the first work term.

COOP*1100 is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of co-operative education at the University of Guelph. Students will acquire practice in the skills required to succeed in the competitive process of securing suitable work terms. Specifically, the course will cover; characteristics and expectations of the "new" world of work, interview skills, resume and cover letter writing.

Students will learn to take full advantage of the co-op option and will obtain practice in the co-op employment process.