Work Term Sequencing

Your Work Term Sequence is your plan of action for your time as a co-op student. It is essentially a map of when your two or three work terms and academic requirements will be completed.

Work Term Sequences are determined after completion of COPD01. A work term sequence is set based on your program of study, when you were admitted into the co-op program, your co-op program requirements, and the minimum number of work terms required for your program of study. Depending on your program, you'll begin work after you complete three, four or five study terms. Once work term begins, they normally alternate with study terms until they've all been completed.

Sequences assume you are:

  • taking a full course load (2.5 FCE)
  • studying each semester
  • completing 4-month work terms

If you are taking a reduced course load or taking a semester off, planning to participate in study abroad etc., please inform your D01 Coordinator. This will be taken into consideration when your work term sequence is created.

Your work term sequence is specifically constructed so that it will always end on a study term. This not only gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you've learned over your work term, it also keeps us aligned with provincial regulations. Once the sequence is set, plan your studies in advance to meet all of your graduation requirements and follow your sequence.

You must complete all of your required work terms before reaching 18.0 FCEs.

Need some help planning your courses and how to meet your program academic requirements?  Contact your Co-op Program Supervisor or Program/Course Advisor.

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Typical Work Term Sequences

Work term sequences are set based on a 4-month work term length. If you secure a work term longer than four months, it will be considered more than one work term. For example, an 8-month co-op job is considered two work terms.

Typical Work Term Sequences - 2 Work Term Programs: 4-Month Work Terms

           OPTION A                                                                   OPTION B

Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study - COPD01 Study   Study Study - COPD01 Study
2 Study - COPD03 Study -COPD11 Work Term 1   Study Study- COPD03 Study - COPD11
3 Study - COPD12 Work Term 2 Study   Work Term 1 Study - COPD12 Work Term 2
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate
 
Typical Work Term Sequences - 3 Work Term Programs: 4-Month Work Terms
 
          OPTION A                                                                   OPTION B
 
Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study - COPD01 Study - COPD03 Study - COPD11   Study - COPD01 Study Study - COPD03
2 Work Term 1 Study - COPD12 Work Term 2   Study - COPD11 Work Term 1 Study - COPD12
3 Study - COPD13 Work Term 3 Study   Work Term 2 Study - COPD13 Work Term 3
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate


8-Month Work Terms

Currently, all work term sequences are arranged as a series of 4-month work terms, but employers are increasingly offering more 8-month opportunities. An 8-month work term is an opportunity to dive deeper into projects and gain depth in the learning experience. If you complete an 8-month work term, it will count as two work terms and we'll adjust your work term sequence accordingly. 

Typical Work Term Sequences - 2 Work Term Program: 8-Month Work Terms

          OPTION A                                                                    OPTION B

Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study - COPD01 Study   Study Study - COPD01 Study
2 Study - COPD03 Study - COPD11 Work Term 1   Study Study - COPD03 Study - COPD11
3 Work Term 2 Study Study   Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Study
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate

Typical Work Term Sequences - 3 Work Term Programs: 4-Month Work Terms

         OPTION A                                                                      OPTION B

Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study - COPD01 Study - COPD03 Study - COPD11   Study - COPD01 Study Study - COPD03
2 Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Study COPD12   Study - COPD11 Work Term 1 Work Term 2
3 Work Term 3 Study Study   Study COPD12 Work Term 3 Study 
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate


12 – 16 Month Work Terms

Students will see opportunities for 12-month work terms.  16-month work terms are posted for Computer Science students. The duration of a work term is set by the co-op employer. A 12-month work term will count as three work terms and a 16-month work term will count as four work terms. You are able to pursue these opportunities if you wish.


Requesting Additional Work Terms

Students are able to complete more work terms beyond their program minimum. To do so, you can request to complete additional work terms by contacting your Work Term Engagement Coordinator.

It is important to note that extra co-op fees will be charged for each additional work term semester.

If changes to your work term sequence results in additional work terms being scheduled beyond the number that is usually sequenced for your program, please be sure to refer to the Fees & OSAP section of this guide to get an understanding of the extra fees associated with additional work terms.

Planning for Your Work Term Sequence

Once you know your work term sequence, you should begin to map out how you will meet your degree requirements knowing you will be on work term in certain semesters. While you can consult with Academic Advising or your Program Advisor/Supervisor, there are a number of Resources to aid you with your Co-op planning.

These include:

Requesting Changes to Your Work Term Sequence

While it's expected that you follow the work term sequence received in COPD01, you may wish to adjust your assigned sequence based on your personal circumstances. These types of requests can be made at any time before you begin your first work term search (enter COPD11).

The first step in making this request is to discuss your proposed new work term sequence plans with your Program Advisor/Supervisor or Academic Advising. After you have an understanding of the impact changes in your work term sequence will have on your course planning and graduation date, book an appointment with the Manager of Operations. These appointments can be made at the Co-op Office by visiting the front desk. Once you have started your job search, you can speak with your Work Term Engagement Coordinator.

If changes to your work term sequence results in additional work terms being scheduled beyond the number that is usually sequenced for your program, please be sure to refer to the Fees & OSAP section of this guide to get an understanding of the extra fees associated with additional work terms.


Impact of Dropping Courses on the Work Term Sequence

Dropping a course may result in your work term being delayed. Before you drop courses, it's a good idea to discuss the impact with your Co-op Program Supervisor, Program Advisor or an Academic Advisor. Please review your work term prerequisite to confirm your eligibility.


Impact of Deferred Exam on the Work Term Sequence

If you defer an exam, your course load will be reduced in the following semester. This may result in delaying your work term sequence and should be discussed with the Operations Manager.