Co-op and Work Term Reports

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Your work-term report requirements are determined by your program and the year in which you started your program (i.e., the year you matriculated). Work-term report requirements have changed recently. Furthermore, to accommodate the challenges created by the pandemic, some additional, limited changes were made to allow students who need to submit a co-op work term report based on the Winter 2020 to Fall 2021 co-op terms to submit either a technical work term report or a reflective work term report.

As always, help with your writing is available through the Writing and Communication Centre. Their services are available remotely, and you are encouraged to contact the Centre for advice and feedback on your report.


Please review the work-term report guidelines below carefully to ensure that you understand your requirements.

ChE students who matriculated in 2019 or later:

Your work-term report requirements are partially integrated with your PD course requirements:

Five Required PD Courses


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Four Required Reflective Work-Term Reports


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The following upcoming terms will offer PD courses that include Reflective Work Term Reports:

  • All terms: PD19, PD20 and PD22
  • Spring 2021: PD8
  • Fall 2021: PD6
  • Winter 2022 and later: all PD electives available to engineering students, except PD11.

You will submit one technical work-term report in your 4A term (CHE 450). We will provide more details when you reach 3B.

Also note that the program has an ethics milestone that can be satisfied by taking either PD22 as a PD elective or a CSE that you have selected from a shortlist. In recent years, nearly all students (more than 98%) opted to take PD22.

ChE students who matriculated in 2019:

Your requirements are the same as those for students who matriculated in 2020, except that you will take PD20 and PD21 as core courses instead of PD19 and PD20.

ChE students who matriculated in 2018 or earlier:

Normally, you would be required to write three technical work-term reports, as described in the WKRPT 200/300/400: Work Term Report Course Outline (PDF).

However, in response to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to WKRPT 200/300/400 course requirements were made to allow reflective work reports to be submitted for the Spring 2020 to Fall 2021 academic terms only.

  • For reports due in the Winter 2022 academic term and later, reflective reports will not be accepted and you should write and submit a technical work report. The WRKRPT 200/300/400 course outline (PDF)evaluation form (PDF) and marking guidelines (PDF) provide information about the format, structure and marking expectations of a technical work term report. These reports should be submitted on LEARN at the beginning of the academic term in which they are due. See LEARN for details (course access is usually possible a few weeks before the beginning of the term).

Support Material

Keep the following in mind as you prepare to submit your work term report to the Department of Chemical Engineering:

If you have any questions about work term reports, please contact the department undergraduate office by email.