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CoOp Report Guidelines

There are compulsory CoOp Report Guidelines for all UL students going on placement. These guidelines set out the presentation and structure that you must follow when preparing your report.

Your CoOp Report must adhere to the following presentation guidelines, apart from: 

Report Guidelines

  • The report must be bound with a clear acetate front cover.
  • The cover page of the report must include details such as the submission date, your name and ID number, your course, employer, employer address, the start and end dates of your placement, your supervisor and the university academic staff member who visited you. 
  • You must use A4 paper, single line spacing in 12-point font.
  • Your CoOp Report must be signed and stamped by your company supervisor. The content of the report must be approved by your employer who may require you to make changes to meet with their policy on Confidential or Proprietary Information.
  • Students should be aware that the regulations regarding plagiarism also apply to coop reports. Students should refer to the Student Academic Administration Student Handbook for further information.

Please note that your CoOp report must be a minimum of 10 typed pages, not including log books (if applicable) and appendices. 

Your report must adhere to the following structure:

  1. Summary of Placement (min. 1 page)
  2. Brief history of the company, including details of the product/service (min. 1 page)
  3. Structure of the organisation and student's department (min. 1 page)
  4. Student's main responsibilities (min. 2 pages)
  5. Opportunities for Learning during CoOp (min. 4 pages) - Use your pre-CoOp and post-CoOp Skills Assessment Forms as a guide; you must also include these in the appendices. 
    From the Learning During CoOp section of the website, choose a minimum of four skills categories (for Engineering and Computer Systems students this must include the Professional Skills category) and discuss the role of CoOp in developing those skills. You should write a minimum of one page per skill category. 
  6. Coop Grading Sheet
    This is compulsory for all students in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and should be included in your report directly after the cover page.
  7. Log Book
    This is compulsory for all Engineering students excluding Product Design & Technology students and should be attached to the Appendices section of your report.

    All Engineering students must keep a written record of their training in a Log Book. It's a good idea to write up your log book weekly. Most students compile it electronically. It's a helpful way of tracking your progress and your academic visitor will expect to see it during his/her visit to your company. Your log book is a compulsory element of your CoOp Report and should be attached as part of the Appendices section. See a sample log book.
  8. Split Placements
    If you complete a split placement, only one Cooperative Education report is required to cover both assignments. This report will not be significantly longer than the standard Coop report. However, you may spend more time reporting on one CoOp placement rather than the other, particularly where an enhanced learning experience has taken place. Complete section 5 of the report "Opportunities for Learning during CoOp" only once. In addition only one set of pre and post coop learning assessments is required when submitting your report.
  9. Appendices 
  • Copies of your completed pre- and post-CoOp Skills Assessment Forms (compulsory). 
  • Copies of reports, drawings, etc. produced for the company (optional). Remember if you are reproducing any documents, you must ask permission from your employer to do so. 
  • Log book (for Engineering students excluding Product Design & Technology).
  • Journal (for Irish Music and Dance students).



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