Your Final Report for course 188 or ENGR 288 must be submitted to the Assistant Director for Experiential Education three weeks before the final day of your co-op. YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR REPORT ON TIME TO RECEIVE A PASSING GRADE. An acceptable Final Report must be received before arrangements will be made for a new co-op. The report is to be 3 - 5 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. Please follow these guidelines:
The FIRST HALF is to be a technical review of your co-op experience. Include a summary of your assignment, what skills you developed, who you worked with, special equipment you used, your accomplishments, projects you completed, additional training you may have received, and how you were supervised.
The SECOND HALF is to be a critical reflection upon your experience. This allows the experience to have meaning for your life and enables it to inform and shape your future experiences. The following reflection questions will help you to review, organize, and interpret your experience:
- How does this experience compare with similar experiences in your past?
- What have you learned about yourself – your knowledge base, your values, your skills and abilities, your personal qualities, and your career as an engineer?
- What have you learned about the way people interact with one another in the workplace?
- How does what you learned through this experience relate to your coursework?
- What questions did this experience raise for you – about yourself, about others, about social structures and organizational dynamics, about ethical issues and concerns, and about your future educational choices and career direction?
- What did you learn about the way you approach problems and difficult situations?
- How would you describe the value of this experience?
- If you were to repeat the experience, what would you do differently? Why?
- Which engineering courses prepared you the best for this experience? Why?
- What suggestions would you have for others considering a co-op assignment