Co-op Prep Courses

These courses are designed to help prepare students for their co-op experiences.

COOP 101

COOP 101 is a 10-week, one credit course that meets once a week. It is designed to help undergraduate students with all aspects of career planning and the co-op job search. Passing the course is required for students in a co-op concentration prior to beginning the co-op experience. Below is a brief description of the policies of COOP 101.

Scheduling of COOP 101

Students are placed into sections by college and sometimes by major. COOP 101 is scheduled by Steinbright at least three terms before the student’s assigned co-op cycle. Five-year students with spring/summer cycle(s) will be scheduled for the class four terms before their assigned co-op cycle since they are on summer vacation during the term when they would normally take the class. Students are responsible for checking their schedule to make sure they know when and where their course has been scheduled.

Transfer students are generally scheduled into COOP 101 the term they arrive.

Withdrawing from COOP 101

Students may not withdraw from COOP 101 without compelling circumstances.

Requests to be Dropped from COOP 101

In order for COOP 101 to be dropped from a student’s schedule because of an intended future change (changing to a four-year or no co-op program or intent to transfer), a student must complete the required paperwork to change programs or withdraw (for a future term) AND that paperwork must be fully processed by the University and the co-op cycle removed. When these intentions are communicated verbally or via email and the required paperwork that would make the change official has not been submitted, the student cannot be dropped from the course.

Failing COOP 101

Students who fail COOP 101 once will need to retake the class the next available term the course is offered prior to participating in their first co-op. If students earn less than 60 percent in the class — they receive an "F" grade, which is a class failure. A career block will be placed on their Drexel account until they successfully complete the class. This hold will prevent students from using the SCDCOnline system and will block access to search for jobs.

For students who fail COOP 101 and their assigned cycle begins the term immediately following the term that they take the class, their co-op cycle will be removed. This may result in students having to return to classes during a term when they were supposed to be on co-op. This can cause significant financial aid problems, generate a higher bill, and may delay their graduation date. As previously indicated, such students will need to be registered for COOP 101 during the next available term.

Students who fail COOP 101 twice will be permanently ineligible to participate in co-op. All future co-op cycles will be removed. This will cause significant financial aid and billing implications. This may prevent graduation from their program if an NCOP option does not exist.

Appeals to a COOP 101 Grade or Policy

Students interested in appealing a COOP 101 grade or policy should contact Steinbright.

COOP 001 – Co-op Essentials

Co-op Essentials is a .5 credit version of COOP 101 designed specifically for students entering Drexel's co-op program with a history of extensive work experience. Recognizing that these students enter Drexel with many of the fundamentals that are the basis of COOP 101, the Co-op Essentials curriculum focuses on transition. Embarking on a new career, creating targeted résumés, and leveraging previous experience during interviews are among the topics that are discussed. The course also includes an overview of the services provided through Steinbright. Eligible students are contacted by the Steinbright Career Development Center regarding registration in COOP 001.

The policies for scheduling, withdrawing, dropping, and/or failing COOP 101 (detailed above) also apply to COOP 001.

COOP 500 – Graduate Career Course

Students enrolled in Drexel's graduate co-op program will be registered in COOP 500 – Career Management and Professional Development for Master's. Students must earn a "B" grade to successfully pass the class. Information about the course and its policies can be found at Drexel's Graduate Co-op page.

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