Research Skills

Apply your research beyond your field of study to achieve societal and economic impact. The following resources are designed to help you apply research skills and capabilities to practical and real-world problems beyond doctoral work.
  • SGPS 9101: Design-Driven Innovation

    The Design-Driven Innovation course will develop graduate students skills in design thinking, innovation and team-work. Students will participate in seminars and two group projects that will highlight and enhance their research capabilities to address practical and current real-world problems. The course is open to all disciplines. Indeed, you will work in teams with people from different programs. By the end of the course, you will have two practical examples of how your academic, research and life experience can be applied to the solution of challenging, multidisciplinary problems.

  • SGPS 9105: Collaborate for Community Impact

    The Collaborate for Community Impact course is designed to provide graduate students with the foundational knowledge to effectively collaborate with peers and community agencies to address community identified needs. Seminar topics will include foundations of community engagement, examining social inequalities and power relations, knowledge translation and mobilization, and principles of effective partnership among others. This course will also give graduate students the opportunity to experience Community Engaged Learning as a teaching pedagogy and reflect on how they can incorporate it within their professional careers. Specifically, students will be challenged to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and a community partner to complete a community-based project.

  • Library Research Skills

    Please join us for a hands-on session to improve your research skills. During this workshop, you will learn about advanced search strategies and specialized databases, learn about Tri-Agency Open Access requirements, discover and evaluate different means for disseminating your research and discover online tools that can save you time.

  • SGPS 9500: The Theory and Practice of University Teaching

    SGPS 9500 is a graduate level credit course on teaching and learning in higher education. The goals of the course are to deepen your understanding of foundational theory and research relevant to university teaching, and to provide an opportunity for engaging in course design and facilitating student engagement. The course begins by exploring how to devise and align learning outcomes, assessments, and active learning activities. Then, over the semester, students have the chance to develop and revise a teaching philosophy statement, receive feedback on short teaching presentations, and create a comprehensive course syllabus. In small groups, students will also develop a webpage and seminar presentation on a pedagogical topic of their choice. SGPS 9500 is an interdisciplinary course, meaning that students will engage deeply with educational theory and practice alongside instructors and peers from across academic disciplines.

  • Advanced Teaching Program

    The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a 20-hour short course designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop practical teaching skills for current and future teaching roles. Topics include course design strategies, active learning, authentic assessment of student learning, and maintaining a culture of respect and community in the classroom. Participants gain hands-on experience by practicing instructional techniques in microteaching sessions where they receive constructive feedback from peers and an experienced team of instructors. Participants also design a workshop on teaching in their discipline. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to submit their capstone projects for publication in the Teaching Innovation Projects Journal.

  • Business Concepts for Life Scientists

    The purpose of the Business Concepts for Life Scientists online course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.

  • SGPS 9102 - New Venture Creation

    This course is about taking what you are doing and understanding how it to the possibility of creating new value that can result in new business opportunities.