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How is CoOp Evaluated?

CoOp is a formal and academically accredited element of your degree programme. Your CoOp grade is decided by an Academic member of staff on a pass-fail basis. This grade is based on your employer's evaluation of your performance and your CoOp report.

If you are doing CoOp in Ireland, you can expect to be contacted by an Academic to arrange an evaluation visit. You will be contacted in advance of the visit and you must be available on the day. The purpose of the visit is to review your progress with the employer and to get your feedback on your placement to date. On the basis of their discussion with you and your employer, the Academic returns an evaluation form to the CoOp Division for review. A final assessment of your placement is completed by your employer towards the end of your placement. This assesses your performance across a number of categories including basic work habits, teamwork, skills, communication skills, willingness to learn etc.

(Civil Engineering students returning from CoOp or having completed the Alternative Programme (modules or project) in the Spring semester, will be required to make a formal presentation on their experience and lessons learned etc).

For students doing international placements, we try to arrange academic visits where practical. If this isn't possible, an academic member of staff will contact you by telephone. In the event of your not being visited, your CoOp will be graded on the basis of your final employer evaluation and your report.

Academic visits are allocated by your academic department. Once visitors are allocated, you will receive an email from the CoOp Division advising you that the name of your academic visitor can be viewed on the student portal. You should contact your assigned visitor directly with any queries relating to your visit.

CoOp Awards

The Cooperative Education Award recognises exceptional student performance on Cooperative Education placement. Each college makes one award every year and the award is presented to the successful students on graduation day.

Nominations for the award are accepted from both employers and academics involved in any stage of the assessment viz. CoOp visits, discussions with the employer, grading of CoOp reports. The final selection for the awards is made by the Cooperative Education Sub-Committee to Academic Council, which is made up of representatives of college faculty and the Cooperative Education & Careers Division - view the  CoOp Award Winners. 

Year Name Course Company
2018 Aleksandra Serafin B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering Abbott Nutrition
2018 Gillian Murray                                    B.B.S. Human Resources Voltedge Management Limited
2018 Tanya Crotty B.A. in English and History Tipp FM
2018 Shauna Duggan B.B.S. with French Schroder Investment Management SA               
2018 Caoimhe Lillis B.Sc. (Education) in Biological Sciences Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry
2017 David Nolan B.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Sciences MedEx Wellness
2017 Niall Rea B.A. in Law and Accounting GECAS
2017 James Morrissey B.A. in History, Policitcs and Social Studies Cedin Colegio Irlandes  
2017 Ryan O'Hanlon BSc. in Construction Management and Engineering Modebest Builders Ltd.
2017 Eric O'Donnell B. Education (Technology) Materials and Architectural Technology Thomond College
2016 William Howard B.A. in Irish Music and Dance David Hynds and Music Harvest 
2016 Adrian Hurley Professional Masters of Education Technology St. Brogan's College
2016 Matthew Coyle B.Sc. in Multimedia and Computer Games Development ACI Worldwide Ltd.
2016 Sinead McInerney B.B.S. Risk Management XL Group
2016 Kostas Gliozeris E.Eng. In Aeronautical Engineering  TWI
2015 Aine Charlton B.A. in Applied Languages Technicis
2015 John Spillane B. Education (Technology) Materials and Architectural Technology Cashel Community School
2015 Michelle Cleary B.Eng. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Roche Ireland Ltd.
2015 Jay Curley  B.B.S. in Law and Accounting Lynch & Kelly Ltd.
2015 Elliot Hirst S.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Science New Zealand Sports Academy
2014 Woody Schiettecatte B.A. in irish Music and Dance Šola Irskega Plesa
2014 Megan McCarthy B.Sc. in Physical Education Colaiste Mhuire
2014 Kevin Brosnan B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences Accenture
2014 Heather Murphy B.B.S. HR Danske Bank
2014 Michael Healy B.A. in New Media and English Padre Pio Centre
2013 Edel Moynihan B.A. in English and History Kerry County Museum
2013 Patrick Kelly B. Education (Technology) Materials and Architectural Technology Hazelwood College
2013 Ciaran Phillips B.Sc. in Music, Media and Performance Technology FEXCO Merchant Services
2013 Christopher Hanlon B.B.S. Risk Management LinkResQ Ltd.
2013 Joseph Landers B.Eng. in Civil Engineering DPR Construction



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