Professional Development Courses
Please read carefully the description of each GRAD course. Some GRAD courses are Pass/Fail and do not fulfill degree requirements or count as earned hours. Some GRAD courses are graded H, P, L and can potentially fulfill a degree requirement elective. Please confirm with your student services manager that a particular GRAD course can satisfy a degree elective.
Post-doctoral fellows are welcome to audit these courses with instructor permission if space allows.
How to Register
Register for these courses as you would for any other graduate course through ConnectCarolina.
For information about course registration, please see Office of the University Registrar.
We regularly offer the following professional development courses. Check ConnectCarolina to confirm current course offerings.
GRAD710 Professional Communication: Writing (1.5 credits)
This writing-intensive, seminar-style course teaches you to craft 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 visual displays of information.
GRAD710 is a required course for some programs and credits earned will apply to the degree requirements of those programs. GRAD710 is also a required course to earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals. For all other programs, please check with your Director of Graduate Studies to learn how GRAD710 will count towards your degree requirements.
GRAD710 instructor bio. | GRAD710 Syllabus.
GRAD 711 Professional Communication: Presenting (1.5 credits)
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. This course requires a strong command of English.
GRAD 712 Leadership for the Workplace (1.5 credits)
Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others positively. This course examines your current leadership style and addresses the relationship of that style to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.
GRAD712 instructor bio. | GRAD712 Syllabus.
GRAD 713 Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits)
This 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.
GRAD713 instructor bio. | GRAD713 Syllabus.
GRAD714 Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits)
As a future leader in the workplace, you will need read and interpret financial statements, even if this is not one of your primary job responsibilities. Having a basic understanding of financial concepts expands your ability to contribute to organizations and evaluate the strength of a proposal or strategy in light of its impact on an organization’s financial health. GRAD 714 Financial Accounting is an 8-week course that introduces key principles and instruments used in financial accounting, including how to read and create basic financial statements (the balance sheet, the income statement, the cash flow statement) and more advanced concepts, like depreciation, goodwill, forecasting, and budgeting. Each week builds on the next, and you will be applying these principles to case examples and collaborative projects during weekly live class sessions. By the end of this course, you will be able to navigate the most common types of financial statements and disclosures and use these skills in a final project in which you propose a future project to the business managers in your organization.
GRAD714 is a required course for some programs and credits earned will apply to the degree requirements of those programs. GRAD714 is also a required course to earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals. For all other programs, please check with your Director of Graduate Studies to learn how GRAD714 will count towards your degree requirements.
GRAD714 instructor bio. | GRAD714 Syllabus.
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.
GRAD 725 Build Your Professional Brand
Building effective job search materials and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. In GRAD725 you will work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and more. You will identify your job values and job skills and develop a Professional Development Plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your job search materials and your career approach. Open to all graduate students in any discipline.
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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