Professional development (GRAD) courses are open to all graduate students. GRAD courses are Pass/Fail and do not fulfill degree requirements or count as earned hours.

Post-doctoral fellows are welcome to audit these courses with instructor permission.

How to Register

Register for these courses as you would for any other graduate course through ConnectCarolina.

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For information about course registration, please see Office of the University Registrar.

Course offerings

We regularly offer the following professional development courses. Check ConnectCarolina to confirm current course offerings.

GRAD 704 – Effective Presentation Skills

Success in any career requires refined oral communication skills. In GRAD 704, you will learn how to create dynamic presentations.

Topics include:

  • analyzing the audience
  • developing an effective message
  • creating useful visuals
  • polishing delivery techniques
  • managing anxiety
  • handling the question-and-answer session

1 credit. Pass/Fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours.

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GRAD 710 – Professional Communication: Writing

This writing-intensive, seminar-style course focuses on crafting effective email messages, short reports, and executive summaries in professional settings. Key topics include content selection, organization, accessibility, plain language, clarity and conciseness, tone, and graphic displays of information.

1.5 credit hours, fall, Wednesdays, first half of semester, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

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GRAD 711 – Professional Communication: Presenting

This speaking-intensive, seminar-style course focuses on presenting complex topics using plain language in professional settings. Key topics include selecting and organizing content, developing audience-centered visual aids, incorporating storytelling, projecting a professional image, and managing Q & A.

1.5 credit hours, fall, Wednesdays, second half of semester, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

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GRAD 712 – Leadership for the Work Place

Leadership is a fundamental skill necessary for success in the workplace. The Leadership for the Work Place course is designed to help students understand both the need for leadership in their chosen field and their capacity to meet that need. Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to positively influence others. This course will examine your current leadership style and address the relation of that leadership style to team dynamics, change management and intrapreneurial thinking (entrepreneurial thinking within an organization) for professionals, particularly in STEM careers.

1 credit hour, offered early April in spring in an intensive weekend format.  Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

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GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management; Frameworks, Principles and Techniques

The Applied Project Management course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team and time and cost management. This course will include group work.

1.5 credit hours, Thursdays, first half of semester, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

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GRAD 714 – Introduction to Financial Accounting

This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.

1.5 credit hours, Tuesdays/Thursdays, second half of semester, 4:30 – 5:45 PM.  Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

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GRAD 715 – Building your Leadership Practice

Building on the development plan established in GRAD712, students explore unique opportunities for practice available in their work environments. They will identify two areas of focus, based on their identified strengths and areas for growth to map out a long-term practice schedule.

0.5 credit hour, two Saturday mornings in fall.  Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

GRAD 720 – Team-based Consulting for Technology Commercialization

A collaborative course that matches student teams with a small business that has received a Phase I SBIR. Students will be guided through development of a commercialization plan. Key topics include: conducting market research and analysis of findings, intellectual property protection, team selection, business model alternatives.

3 credit hours, fall, Wednesdays, 5:00 – 8:00PM.  Course is graded on the H, P, L, system and can not be audited. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours (except for Professional Science Master’s degree programs).

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GRAD 721 – Research Ethics

This is a one-credit course.  It meets two hours each week for seven weeks.  The course has two aims.  First, students are introduced to concepts, rule, and issues that are central to research ethics.  Second, we aim through readings and discussion to develop skills in critical thinking and ethical analysis.

Class preparation:  Students are expected to spend approximately one hour each week preparing for the seminar.  All the readings are online, and students post comments on the reading.  No other exams or written work is required.  Class participation:  Students are expected to attend each meeting and to participate in discussions of all the topics.

1 credit. Pass/Fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours.

Course Description for GRAD 721 (PDF).

GRAD 810 and 811 – Communicating in the American Classroom for ITAs

GRAD 810 and 811 are part of the Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program.

This program is designed to enhance the communication skills of international teaching assistants (ITAs) in the classroom. The goals of the courses are:

(1) to practice American English pronunciation and grammar

(2) to build cross-cultural communication skills

(3) to learn and implement teaching skills used in the American classroom.

Each course is 2 credits. Pass/Fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours.

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