Co-op Preparation Courses

Registering for Co-op Courses

Co-op courses have closed enrollment, meaning that you are not able to register or drop these courses through ACORN. We'll automatically register co-op students for the appropriate course based on their year of study, program of study, and work term sequence. If you have questions about your enrolment, please email askcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca


Required Co-op Courses

As an Arts & Science Co-op student, you have a team of Co-op staff dedicated to working with you along your journey, from admission to graduation. As you move through the program, you'll work with our talented team of student development professionals who will act as your key point of contact while you're in their course.

There are 5 mandatory Co-op course requirements:

  1. COPD01: Foundations for Success in Arts & Science Co-op  (formerly Navigating the World of Work)
  2. COPD03: Preparing to Compete for your Co-op Work Term (formerly Job Search Preparation)
  3. COPD11: Managing Your Co-op Job Search & Transition to Work  (formerly Work Term Competition 1 & Work Place Preparation)
  4. COPD12: Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part I (formerly Work Term Debriefing & Job Search Competition 2)
  5. COPD13: Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part II  (formerly Work Term Debriefing & Job Search Competition 3)
  6. COPC course codes are used for your work term.

Students in a program requiring 2 work terms will complete the first 4 courses, while students in a 3 work term program will complete all 5.
You will be registered into a COPC code for each semester you are on a co-op work term.

Co-op Courses on Your Transcript

These courses are recorded as credit (CR) or no credit (NCR) on your transcript. No academic weight is given for these courses and no fee is charged. You’ll also see COPC codes on your transcript which are used to record your co-op work terms.

Course Timing & Enrollment

If you were admitted to co-op directly from high school:

You are automatically enrolled in COPD01 based on your program:

Program Course Duration

Computer & Mathematical Sciences

September - December
Humanities & Social Sciences January - April
Life Sciences January - April
Psychological & Health Sciences January - April
Physical & Environmental Sciences January - April

If you were admitted after your first year of university:

You'll be automatically enrolled in COPD01 during the summer term (running from June until August).

Curriculum

This course sets the foundation for your success in co-op.  During this course, you will:

  • Learn about the job search cycle,
  • Investigate skills and experience required for co-op and entry level roles in your area of study/with employers hiring students from your program
  • Assess your compettiiveness and identify ways to increase it
  • Create job search documents
  • Develop and modify job search goals and plan to achieve them
  • Evaluate job postings/opportunities using various tools and strategies

COPD01 culminates with the application of concepts and techniques in a Job Search Competition Simulation, which brings together the different elements you are exposed through the course. 

Once you have successfully completed COPD01, you'll receive your work term sequence. Learn more about co-op work term sequencing »

COPD03: Preparing to Compete for your Co-op Work Term

Course Timing & Enrollment

This course is typically taken 2 semesters (8 months) prior to your first scheduled work term. You’ll be enrolled into a COPD03 section based on your subject POSt; each of these course sections are delivered to tailor information to your academic program and its relevant job markets. 

Curriculum

During this course, you will:

  • learn how to tailor your job search documents to specific jobs/industries,
  • practice effective interviewing skills,
  • meet with your Student Development Coordinator one-on-one for additional coaching and development, and

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will enter your first job search cycle. 

COPD11: Managing your Job Search & Transition to Work

Course Timing

Lead by our Work Term Engagement Coordinators, this course is taken while you are competing for your first work term.

Curriculum

COPD11 is designed to provide you with:

  • the chance to explore key topics in the work place, such as professional communication, personal digital branding, industry-specific employer expectations and more;
  • opportunities to receive in-class support and feedback while competing for your first co-op work term; and
  • one-on-one coaching and support with your Work Term Engagement coordinator throughout the term, as needed.

COPD12: Integrating Your Work Term Experience

Course Timing

Lead by our Work Term Engagement Coordinators, this course is taken while competing for your second work term.

Curriculum

This course is designed to provide you with:

  • opportunities to reflect on your previous work term
  • the tools and techniques to incorporate your recent work term experience into your job search documents and interviews

COPD13: Integrating Your Work Term Experience Part 2

Course Timing

Lead by our Work Term Engagement Coordinators, this course is taken while competing for your third work term.

Curriculum

  • provide you with opportunities to reflect and share your previous work term experience
  • further develop techniques on how to best integrate this experience on job search documents and in interviews.

Your Co-op Support System

No matter your level in Co-op, there's a robust team available to support your success. Learn more about how these teams interact — and how their work benefits you.