Work-term report and PD requirements

In addition to completing four work terms, co-op students in the Faculty of Arts must successfully complete professional development (PD) courses from the WatPD program and work reports/reflections for each work term. These courses and reports help you increase your employability and assist you with making connections between workplace experiences and what you learn in the classroom.  

The number of PD courses and work reports/reflections you’ll complete is determined by the academic calendar year you joined the the co-op program in the Faculty of Arts. If you are unsure of your program calendar year please consult with your academic advisor

Arts program calendar year

PD requirements Work report/reflection requirements
2020 or earlier 

4 PD courses: 

  • PD 1 

  • PD 12 

  • PD elective 

  • PD elective 

4 work reports (or combination of work reports and embedded PD reflections).

See note regarding changes to work report requirement in Winter 2022

2021 or later

5 PD courses: 

  • PD 1 

  • PD 12 

  • PD elective 

  • PD elective 

  • PD elective 

No required work reports.

PD courses will have reflective reports built into them, which will replace work reports. 

Winter 2022: Changes to work report requirement

Effective Winter 2022, work reports will no longer be required for co-op students in the Faculty of Arts. From Winter 2022 onward, Arts co-op students will instead complete embedded reflections within the required Professional Development (PD) courses.

Fall 2021: This is the last term that work reports will be required. If you are scheduled for a Fall 2021 work term, you are still required to complete a work report (e.g. WKRPT 200, WKRPT 300, WKRPT 400), following the normal submission process. If you are enrolled in PD 12, you will not submit a  work report, as you already have an embedded reflection within this PD course.

Winter 2022 and onward: If you are scheduled for any work terms(s) in Winter 2022 and onward, you are not required to complete a separate work report. The WKRPT 200, WKRPT 300, WKRPT 400 courses will no longer be added to your record in Quest.

If you have further questions regarding this change, please contact your academic advisor

Fall 2021: Work report submission process

A work report/reflection must be submitted for each of the four work terms. The first work report/reflection, which is to be completed during the student’s first work term, will be satisfied by successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace, the second professional development course (i.e., successful completion of PD12 equals credit for work report one).  

Work-term report submission and assessment are managed through the University's learning management system (LEARN), with the student's honours major program being responsible for the assessment.   

Submission Deadline: With the exception of PD12, which must be completed by the end of the first work term, students must submit co-op work-term reports by no later than the tenth day of classes in the academic term following the co-op work term for which the work report was prepared. For example:  

  • if you are on a work term during the Fall, you must submit by the tenth day of classes in winter term.

  • if you are on a work term during the Winter, you must submit by the tenth day of classes in spring term.

  • if you are on a work term during the Spring, you have until the tenth day of classes in fall term.   

Complete work-report guidelines (PDF)

Note: Students in the AFM program are required to complete a different work report/reflection. Please refer to the AFM work term reflections page for further instructions.