Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education is a process of learning often referred to as "Experiential Learning". As a formal part of the curriculum, it integrates the student's academic study with work experience in co-operating employer organizations.

There are three co-operating partners in Co-op - the University, the student and the employer. Each of the three partners plays a vital role in Co-op that strengthens the ties between the business world and the University. All three work together to provide a suitable learning environment to enhance a student's learning potential, professionalism and social development.

Students enrolled in Co-op are involved in their education for twelve months of the year. The year is divided into three terms of four months each in which academic terms and work terms are placed in a predetermined pattern.

A Co-op experience involves instruction before, during and after each work term. Each work term usually consists of a four month or sometimes eight month (or sometimes longer) period. For further work term information, please see the curriculum sections of the Calendar for the Department or School responsible for the program. Instruction begins with sessions to prepare students for a work term. Once matched for a work term, students do productive work suitable to their level of experience, and for which they are paid at standard rates. A student's work term performance is monitored by the University, supervised and evaluated by the participating co-operative employer. Submitted work term reports are reviewed and evaluated after each work term.

Co-operative Education offers students an educational alternative to the more traditional system of education. The following undergraduate and masters programs have options which include Co-operative Education as an integral part of the academic program and a requirement to graduate with Co-operative Education status:

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Masters of Arts or Science in Mathematical Sciences
Masters of Arts in Economics
Honours Bachelor of Science in Physics
Masters of Science in Physics
Honours Bachelor of Commerce
(with majors in:
Accounting
Business Finance
Human Resources Management/Industrial Relations
Management Systems
Marketing)
Bachelor of Engineering
(with majors in:
Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering)
Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry

Academic Term and Work Term Sequence
Co-op students begin their alternating sequence of academic terms and work terms as specified by each participating program. Normally, a Co-op student would accumulate at least a year of practical work experience and graduate four to eight months after students in the traditional program.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
(Started September 1993)
Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
(Started September 1989)
       
 

Fall

Winter

Summer
Year 1

1

2

X*
Year 2

3

4

X*
Year 3

5

X

X
Year 4

6

7

X
Year 5

X

8
 
       
Masters of Arts in Economics
(Started September 1995)
Masters of Arts or Science in Mathematical Sciences
(Started September 1994)
Masters of Science in Physics
(Started September 1996)
       
 

Fall

Winter

Summer
Year 1

1

2
 
Year 2

X

X
 
Year 3

3

4
 
       
Honours Bachelor of Science in Physics
(Started September 1994)
       
 

Fall

Winter

Summer
Year 1

1

2
 
Year 2

3

4

X*
Year 3

5

X

X
Year 4

6

7

X
Year 5

X

8
 
       
Honours Bachelor of Commerce
Majors in:
Accounting (Started September 2002)
Business Finance (Started September 1997)
Human Resources Management/Industrial Relations (Started September 1996)
Information Systems (Started September 1993)
Marketing (Started September 1996)
       
 

Fall

Winter

Summer
Year 1

1

2
 
Year 2

3

4

X
Year 3

5

6

X
Year 4

X

X

X
Year 5

7

8
 
       
Bachelor of Engineering
(Started September 2000)
Majors in: Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Software
       
 

Fall

Winter

Summer
Year 1

1

2
 
Year 2

3

4

X+
Year 3

5

6

X
Year 4

X

X

X
Year 5

7

8
 
       
Year 4 fall and winter work terms are required
Two of the three summer work terms are required
+ - Optional Engineering work term available only to qualified Lakehead University students.
       
Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry
(Started September 1990)
       
 

Fall

Winter

Summer
Year 1

1

2

X
Year 2

3

4

X
Year 3

X

5

X*
Year 4

6

X

X*
Year 5

7

8
 
       
#1 to #8 - Academic Terms
X - Work Term
X - Work Term

Apprenticeship/Internship Options

Apprenticeship Options are available in the following programs:

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics/Physics)
Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics)
Bachelor of Arts (Economics/Mathematics)

Internship Options are available in the following programs:

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) - Four Year program
Honours Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) - Four Year program
Honours Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Physics)
Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) - Four Year program
Honours Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics)

Please refer to the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences sections of the calendar for more information.

Students enroled in traditional degree programs in which a Co-op/Apprenticeship/Internship option exists, may apply for admission to these options through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment on a Request for Program Change Form. In addition, a Co-op Work Term Application Form (which is available in the Student Placement and Co-op Education Centre) must be completed. Both forms are to be submitted by the first day of the academic term preceding the first work term.

Co-op students register on a Co-op Work Term Registration Form which is available in the Student Placement and Co-op Education Centre. The Co-op Work Term Registration Form must be completed in full and include the applicable (Summer and/or Fall and /or Winter) Work Term(s) along with signatures of the Academic Unit Co-op Advisor and the Co-op Co-ordinator. The Co-op Work Term course numbers are identified in the course description sections for each academic unit in the calendar.

Co-op Students are required to register for all three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer) and arrange to pay their Co-op Program Participation fee per four-month work term(s) in full upon registration in September of each academic year. Final dates for registration and withdrawal from work terms without financial penalty are indicated in the Academic Schedule on page 7.

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2007-2008 Calendar version