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Work report guidelines

All work-term reports submitted to the Department of Chemical Engineering should follow these suggestions and guidelines.

  1. The format and structure should follow the guidelines given in the course outline (PDF).  Common questions about work reports are addressed in the FAQ.
  2. For your information, the evaluation form (PDF) and guidelines (PDF) are available.
  3. Plagiarism is the copying and use of others' words, ideas, figures, tables, photos, diagrams, etc., without giving proper credit. It is a serious academic offence, and an unprofessional act. See Section 9.10 of the co-op student reference manual, and some other useful information.
  4. One way to avoid plagiarism is to properly cite your references. See Section 9.9.5 of the reference manual. More detailed information on how to cite references using either the Harvard (name, year) or Vancouver (citation number, superscript or in parentheses) system is available at this Colorado State University website, and other websites listed in the CECA co-op student reference manual. Make note especially of proper referencing methods for online resources. Another website that provides nice examples of reference and citation is a tutorial offered by Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  5. Make sure your summary is a stand-alone description of the salient points in your report. It should not be an introduction to the contents, and it should not refer to figures and tables in the main body. It may be the only part a manager reads, so it should be as good as you can make it.
  6. The report must have analytical content, i.e., comparison of alternatives, or determination of a solution to a problem, with conclusions and recommendations that could be acted upon. A report which reads like a manual or user's guide will be graded "unacceptable" (38%).
  7. Determine as early as possible whether your intended report topic may be considered confidential by your employer. If it might contain confidential material, see these suggestions (PDF).
  8. Work term reports are due at the start of the following terms for students who started their program in September 2010 or later: Chemical Engineering stream 4: 2B (WKRPT 200), 3A (WKRPT 300), 4A (WKRPT 400) and Chemical Engineering stream 8: 3A (WKRPT 200), 3B (WKRPT 300), 4A (WKRPT 400). The work term reports are part of the course requirements for the specified terms, and therefore they cannot be submitted in other terms (i.e., cannot postpone nor fast-track).
  9. If your employment is not going to result in a suitable work term report topic, you should write a report based on some technical research topic. Suggestions for finding information and writing a research topic report.
  10. Don't rely exclusively on websites and old books. Make use of the University of Waterloo electronic library resources.

If you have any questions about work reports, please don't hesitate to contact the department undergraduate office by email or phone 519-888-4567 x33273.

Options available to chemical engineering students

Note: options often require taking extra courses during an academic term. Students are allowed to take one extra course during an academic term and must have an average of greater than 70% in each of the previous two academic terms.