Course Titles and Descriptions

​​​ACS – Academic Conversation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)

This online course is for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate more effectively in an academic environment. If you have difficulty participating in class discussion or speaking to your classmates and professors, either online or in person, this course is designed to meet your needs. Over six weeks, participants will gain confidence as they develop their ability to engage in academic discussion. Through active student participation and reflection, ACS focuses on topics such as how to ask and answer challenging questions, how to disagree respectfully, and how to manage academic interactions sensitively.

Course duration: 6 weeks.





Section 5: Fridays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EDT/EST, Oct. 30 – Dec. 4 Instructor: Clare Nippard

​If you have any questions about the Academic Conversations Skills c​ourse, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


​​AW1 – Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials​ (for non-native speakers of English)

This synchronous online course is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the overall quality of their academic writing. Students will learn to improve the formality of their writing; to understand the correct use of verb tense in academic writing; to paraphrase effectively; to develop clear transitions and coherent paragraphs; to make claims commensurate with their evidence; and, overall, to see how academic writing in their new context may differ from writing they have done in the past. The goal of the course is to show graduate students some key strategies to improve their academic writing. The course will consist of six online lectures of ninety minutes each; students will also have an opportunity to submit a writing sample for individual feedback. This course is the first in our Academic Writing sequence; the second course (Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar) deals with grammatical issues and the third (Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style) tackles more sophisticated issues of style.

Course duration: 6 weeks. 

Section 5: Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT/EST, Oct. 27 – Dec. 1 Instructor: Lina Balsamo

Section 6: Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm EDT/EST, Oct. 29 – Dec. 3 Instructor: Dr. Katie Fry

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​


​​AW2 – Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar (for non-native speakers of English)

This synchronous online course is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the grammatical correctness of their academic writing and understand the way grammatical structures are used in academic writing at the graduate level. Students will learn to self-diagnose their most common grammatical errors, to apply the key grammatical rules learned throughout the course, to develop strategies to enhance grammatical correctness, and to identify resources for improving their grammar. Specific topic areas covered in the course include maintaining subject-verb agreement, avoiding punctuation errors, using relative clauses correctly, minimizing article errors, avoiding misplaced and dangling modifiers, and clarifying incorrect or vague pronoun references. The course will consist of six online lectures of ninety minutes each; students will also have an opportunity to submit a writing sample for individual feedback. This course is the second in our Academic Writing sequence; the first course (Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials) presents strategies to improve the overall quality of academic writing and the third (Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style) tackles more sophisticated issues of style.

Course duration: 6 weeks. 

Section 2: Mondays, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT/EST, Oct. 26 – Nov. 30 Instructor: Lina Balsamo

Section 3: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT/EST, Oct. 28 – Dec. 2 Instructor: Dr. Rachael Cayley

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​


​​AW3 – Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style​ (for non-native speakers of English in all divisions)

​The most advanced in our Academic Writing sequence, AW3 is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the style of their academic writing. This online course helps students use their existing linguistic sensitivity to answer a number of key questions such as the following: What strategies can writers use to produce smooth, readable texts that guide the reader from sentence to sentence and from paragraph to paragraph? How can writers effectively incorporate the work of others into their writing? How can “metadiscourse” help readers negotiate our texts? Should we avoid the passive voice, and how can we avoid repetition and redundancy in our writing? Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style assumes that students already understand the essential attributes of academic writing at the graduate level and that they already have a solid command of English grammar. It is therefore strongly recommended that students take this course only after they have completed Academic Writing 1 and 2.

Course duration: 7 weeks. 

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca​


​​AW3 1/2 – Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style​ (for non-native speakers of English in divisions 1 and 2)

The most advanced in our Academic Writing sequence, AW3 is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the style of their academic writing. This synchronous online course can help you answer a number of key questions such as the following: What strategies produce smooth, readable texts that will coherently present my ideas? How can “metadiscourse” help readers negotiate our texts? Should we avoid the passive voice, and how can we avoid repetition and redundancy in our writing? How can I best integrate secondary sources? Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style assumes that students already understand the essential attributes of graduate academic writing and that they already have a solid command of English grammar. It is therefore strongly recommended that students take this course only after they have completed Academic Writing 1 and 2.

This section of AW3, designed for students working in the humanities and social sciences, consists of six 90-minute synchronous (live) interactive online classes. Please enroll only if you expect to attend all six sessions.  Students will also be urged to book one-on-one online conferences to discuss their own academic writing samples with the course instructor.

Section 1: Mondays, 10:00 am -11:30 am EDT/EST, Oct. 26 – Nov. 30 Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​


​​AW3 3/4 – Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style​ (for non-native speakers of English in divisions 3 and 4)

The most advanced in our Academic Writing sequence, AW3 is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the style of their academic writing. This synchronous online course can help you answer a number of key questions such as the following: What strategies will produce smooth, readable texts that will coherently present my ideas? How can “metadiscourse” help readers negotiate our texts? Should we avoid the passive voice, and how can we avoid repetition and redundancy in our writing? How can I make my data commentary more effective? Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style assumes that students already understand the essential attributes of graduate academic writing and that they already have a solid command of English grammar. It is therefore strongly recommended that students take this course only after they have completed Academic Writing 1 and 2.

This section of AW3, designed for students working in the physical and life sciences, consists of six 90-minute synchronous (live) interactive online classes. Please enrol only if you expect to attend all six sessions.  Students will also be urged to book one-on-one online conferences to discuss their own academic writing samples with the course instructor.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​


​​CIHR – Writing CIHR Proposals 

This online course is open to students in the Biomedical Sciences who are applying for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral and Master’s Research Awards. In four one-hour online classes, we will review the evaluation criteria for the awards and examine the specific features of successful proposals, focusing on the project summary and partly the training expectations. The lectures will bring to light common errors that lead to ineffective and confusing proposals. Using examples of winning research summaries, we will deconstruct the elements that create intuitive, clear and concise research proposals. Students are expected to work on their own draft proposals, and individualized feedback will be available to course participants.

Course duration: 4 weeks.​

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional ​Skills program.​​​​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

​If you have any questions about the CIHR c​ourse, please contact Dr. Peter Sabatini: peter.sabatini@utoronto.ca​.


EDIT – Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (all divisions)

For native speakers of English in all divisions.

Editing is a vital skill for graduate students. Most academic writers struggle to produce reader-worthy first drafts; becoming a better editor is what allows you to transform our early efforts into strong final drafts. This synchronous online course is designed to introduce graduate students to a range of strategies for improving their own texts: strategies for establishing structural coherence, strategies for crafting effective sentences, and strategies for developing clear linkages. Classes are practical and focused on issues that are commonly found in graduate student writing. This course will consist of six online lectures of ninety minutes each; students will also have an opportunity to submit a writing sample for individual feedback.

Course duration: 6 weeks.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Becoming a Better Editor course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​.


EDIT 1/2 – Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (Divisions 1 and 2)

For native speakers of English in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Editing is a vital skill for graduate students. Most academic writers struggle to produce reader-worthy first drafts; becoming a better editor is what allows us to transform our early efforts into effective final drafts. Skill as an editor also helps us to revise our documents for different purposes. This four-week course is designed to introduce graduate students to a range of strategies for improving our own texts. We will look at strategies for correctness, clarity, concision, and coherence. Classes are practical and focused on issues that are commonly found in graduate student writing; students will also have an opportunity to meet with the instructor and receive feedback on their own work. Note: This section of the course is designed for graduate students working in the physical and life sciences.

Course duration: 4 weeks.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Becoming a Better Editor course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​.


EDIT 3/4 – Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (Divisions 3 and 4) 

For native speakers of English in the Physical and Life Sciences.

Editing is a vital skill for graduate students. Most academic writers struggle to produce reader-worthy first drafts; becoming a better editor is what allows us to transform our early efforts into effective final drafts. Skill as an editor also helps us to revise our documents for different purposes. This four-week course is designed to introduce graduate students to a range of strategies for improving our own texts. We will look at strategies for correctness, clarity, concision, and coherence. Classes are practical and focused on issues that are commonly found in graduate student writing; students will also have an opportunity to meet with the instructor and receive feedback on their own work. Note: This section of the course is designed for graduate students working in the physical and life sciences.

Course duration: 4 weeks.​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Becoming a Better Editor course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca.​​


ISJ – Introduction to Science Journalism

This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in the communication of science in the news media. Science journalists play a key role in the public understanding of science by reporting on the results and implications of scientific research. The guiding principles and basic techniques of science journalism will be explored through examples from print and broadcast media and through exercises in class. The focus will be on how science becomes news, where science journalists find their stories, how they conduct interviews and assemble information and then translate the complexities and motivations of research into plain language for a mass audience. The course will also consider the evolving relationship between science and media in the online environment and provide students with an overview of the professional landscape.

Course duration: 4 weeks.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate St​udies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Introduction to Science Journalism course, please contact ​ Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


OPS Modular – Modular Oral Presentation Skills Course

Unlike OPS NS and OPS NNS, which provide live lectures and an online community in which to practice presenting together, this modular version of the course allows you to pick and choose both how much time you want to spend and which specific oral presentation skills you would like to work on at what time. There will be no live lectures. Instead, this version of the course is comprised of a series of pre-recorded videos and handouts on a range of specific topics related to giving effective presentations (such as effective slide design, structuring presentations well, managing nerves when presenting, effectively managing a Q and A session, presenting online, etc.). Students who watch a minimum of 3 videos will be eligible to give a presentation to a group including a teacher and 4-5 other graduate students. These presentation sessions are 60-90 minutes long and they will be available at different times of day and in different weeks throughout the term. While you are welcome to register for the course even if you do not want to present, if you decide to sign up for a presentation session then you must participate in the full 60-90 minute presentation session, which will include giving a presentation, receiving feedback from other students and the teacher, and offering feedback on the presentations of others. Some presentation sessions will be for students in specific divisions (Physical Sciences, Humanities, etc.) while others will be for students in varied disciplines, thus giving students who want to do so a chance to present to both specialist and generalist audiences. This version of the course is for both native- and non-native speakers of English. This section of the course is not eligible for GPS credit.

Course duration: Videos and handouts will be available through the course page all term. Presentation sessions will be available in most weeks starting in late September.

Section 2: Flex-time pre-recorded lectures and live presentation sessions

If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills Modular course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


OPS – Oral Presentation Skills (for native and non-native speakers of English)

This online course will teach you how to present your ideas more clearly and confidently both online and in person. During this six-week course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, design visual aids, manage nerves, and handle the question period. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practice what you learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of your peers. As a member of that audience, you will be able to practice active observing to further improve both your listening and presenting skills. Throughout, we’ll consider key differences between presenting online and in person.

Course duration: 6 weeks.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

​If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca.


OPS (NS) – Oral Presentation Skills (for native speakers of English)

In this 9-hour online course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of giving effective presentations, such as how to structure presentations, to design visual aids, to manage nerves, and to handle the question period. Unlike the modular section of the course, in which students choose specific skills to target, this section of the course takes a holistic approach to considering oral presentation skills. It aims to provide an online learning community comprised of a teacher and other graduate students who will spend 9 hours together learning and practising oral presentation skills. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practice what you learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of your peers. As a member of that audience, you will learn how watching others present can equip you to continue refining your presenting skills long after the course ends. Given the team nature of this course, complete participation in the course is essential, and thus you should register for this section only if you are able to attend the full 9 hours of the course. If your speaking challenges arise in part because you speak English as a second language, then you should take “OPS NNS” as this section of the course will not address the specific linguistic needs of non-native speakers of English.

Course duration: 6 weeks with an optional tutorial 1 hour tutorial

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program

Section 3: Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm EDT/EST, Oct. 28 – Dec. 2 Instructor: Ostap Soroka

If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.


OPS (NNS) – Oral Presentation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)

In this 9-hour online course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of giving effective presentations, such as how to structure presentations, to design visual aids, to manage nerves, to handle the question period, and to gain confidence giving presentations in English. Unlike the modular section of the course, in which students choose specific skills to target, this section of the course takes a holistic approach to considering oral presentation skills. It aims to provide an online learning community comprised of a teacher and other multilingual graduate students who will spend 9 hours together learning and practising oral presentation skills. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practice what you learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of your peers. As a member of that audience, you will learn how watching others present can equip you to continue refining your presenting skills long after the course ends. Given the team nature of this course, complete participation in the course is essential, and thus you should register for this section only if you are able to attend the full 9 hours of the course. Please note:

Course duration: 6 weeks with an optional 1 hour tutorial​.​​

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

Section 4: Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 11:00 am EDT/EST, Oct. 27 – Dec. 1 Instructor: Jordana Lobo-Pires

Section 5: Fridays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT/EST, Oct. 30 – Dec. 4 Instructor: Dr. Matt Jones

If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.


PRE – Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (all divisions​)

For students in all divisions.

This course is designed for graduate students who are conducting research towards a PhD or Master’s degree in any division. In order for a research paper to be clear to readers, it must first be crystal clear in the mind of its author. Whether you are writing a course paper, a journal article, or a thesis, this course will help you clarify in your own mind the content and structure of your argument before you begin to write. Participants will be introduced to a range of strategies for developing and organizing their ideas — strategies such as organizing notes, outlining, diagramming and use of Aristotle’s Topics  — and will be encouraged to consider which strategies work best given their own learning styles. Drawing on techniques from classical rhetoric, the course will give students the chance to practice strategies for investigating and organizing ideas at both the pre-writing and mid-writing stages.

Course duration: 5 weeks.​

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Prewriting Strategies​ course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


PRE 1/2 – Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Divisions 1 and 2​)

For students in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This course is designed for graduate students who are conducting research towards a PhD or Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences. In order for a research paper to be clear to readers, it must first be crystal clear in the mind of its author. Whether you are writing a course paper, a journal article, or a thesis, this course will help you clarify in your own mind the content and structure of your argument before you begin to write. Participants will be introduced to a range of strategies for developing and organizing their ideas — strategies such as organizing notes through key words, outlining, diagramming and use of Aristotle’s Topics  — and will be encouraged to consider which strategies work best given their own learning styles. Drawing on techniques from classical rhetoric, the course will give students the chance to practice strategies for investigating and organizing ideas at both the pre-writing and mid-writing stages.

Course duration: 4 weeks.​

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Prewriting Strategies​ course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


PRE 3/4 – Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Divisions 3 and 4)

For students in the Physical and Life Sciences.

This course is designed for graduate students who are conducting research towards a PhD or Master’s degree in the physical or life sciences. In order for a research paper to be clear to readers, it must first be crystal clear in the mind of its author. Whether you are writing a course paper, a journal article, or a thesis, this course will help you clarify in your own mind the content and structure of your argument before you begin to write. Participants will be introduced to a range of strategies for developing and organizing their ideas — strategies such as organizing notes through key words, outlining, diagramming and use of Aristotle’s Topics  — and will be encouraged to consider which strategies work best given their own learning styles. Drawing on techniques from classical rhetoric, the course will give students the chance to practice strategies for investigating and organizing ideas at both the pre-writing and mid-writing stages.​​

Course duration: 4 weeks.​​

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Prewriting Strategies​ course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


TH 1/2 – Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Divisions 1 and 2)

Writing a thesis is often an unprecedented challenge in the life of a graduate student. This synchronous online course is designed to assist students in the humanities and social sciences who are encountering common problems in writing and structuring their theses. Together, we will consider how to approach and construct the various components of a thesis. As we unpack the dimensions of these different components, we will focus on the essential aspect of any thesis: articulating your own contribution. We will also discuss some useful strategies for revision and productivity during the thesis writing process. Throughout, the emphasis will be on strategies to help with common structural problems. This course will consist of six online lectures of ninety minutes each; students will also have an opportunity to submit a writing sample for individual feedback.

Course duration: 6 weeks.

Section 1: Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT/EST, Oct. 30 – Dec. 4 Instructor: Dr. Rachael Cayley

If you have any questions about the Thesis Writing course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley:
rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​​​​​.


TH 3/4 – Thesis Writing in the Physical and Life Sciences (Divisions 3 and 4)

Writing a thesis is often an unprecedented challenge in the life of a graduate student. This course is designed to assist students in the physical and life sciences who are encountering common problems in writing and structuring their theses. Over five weeks, we will consider how to approach and construct the various sections of a thesis: introduction, literature review, method, results, discussion, and abstract. In particular, we will look at the essential aspect of a thesis: articulating your own contribution. We will also discuss some useful strategies for productivity during the thesis writing process. Throughout, the emphasis will be on writing and on strategies to avoid common structural problems. Examples from completed theses will be used to clarify issues related to the structure and function of each section of a thesis; students will also have an opportunity to meet with the instructor and receive feedback on their own work. All graduate students who are currently writing their theses in the physical and life sciences are welcome to enroll.

Course duration: 5 weeks.​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the ​Thesis Writing course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​​​.


RA 1/2 – Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing

For students engaged in non-experimental research

What are the typical “moves” made in the opening section of a Research Article? How do you use the words and work of others to support your arguments without losing your own voice? How do you introduce and incorporate a theoretical framework? Is speaking in the first person appropriate? What strategies are at play in an article’s conclusions? These are typical questions for those who wish to publish their work in scholarly journals. While graduate students spend a great deal of time reading research articles, when it comes to writing them, they often have difficulty following the example of what they have read. This course is designed to help graduate students write research articles by increasing their familiarity with the established forms of articles published in their own discipline. Through class discussion and close readings of articles drawn from representative fields of study, we will analyze discourse strategies in order to answer the above questions and more. The course will also consider technical writing issues, such as what verb tense works and strategically using the passive or active voice. Students will also receive feedback on the research papers that they themselves are writing.​

Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week.

This course is suitable for students engaged in writing non-experimental research articles.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Professional Skills program.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about whether this course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Peter Grav for clarification: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.


RA 3/4 – Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing

For students engaged in experimental and population-based research​.

What are the typical “moves” made in research article’s Introduction? Should you integrate your discussion with your results? How do you get readers to see the importance of your work? How much explaining do you need in a methodology section? Should I use the personal voice? What about the passive voice? These are typical questions asked by graduate students writing research articles that follow the “Introduction-Methods-Results-Discussion” (IMRD) format. This synchronous online course is designed to help graduate students engaged in experimental work to not only answer those questions, but also to improve their research article writing by increasing their familiarity with the established forms of such articles. To do so, we will analyze the discourse strategies of articles that follow the IMRD pattern and consider research that has been conducted into writing in this genre. The course will involve lecture, class discussion and close readings of articles drawn from representative fields of study. Students will be expected to submit weekly assignments to the Quercus discussion board that should require only about twenty minutes of out-of-class work each week.

RA 3/4 consists of five 90-minute synchronous (live) interactive online classes. Please enroll only if you expect to attend all five sessions.  Students will also be urged to book one-on-one online conferences to discuss their own academic writing samples with the course instructor.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

Section 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT/EST, Nov. 3 – Dec. 1 Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

If you have any questions about the Understanding the Research Article​ course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.


NSERC – Writing NSERC Proposals

This four-week online course is open to students who are applying for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Postgraduate scholarships (PGS M and PGS D). While several of​ the concepts examined will also be of relevance to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), the focus of the course is on writing an effective NSERC proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through NSERC and/or OGS.) Each week during the one-hour lecture, the instructor will examine the specific features of good and bad proposals. Students are expected to work on their own proposals and to submit them during the course for feedback. Feedback is available to course participants through guided peer review and/or through feedback from the course instructor.​

Course duration: 4 weeks.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate ​Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the ​​Writing NSERC Proposals​ course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


SSHRC – Writing SSHRC Proposals (Humanities and Social Sciences)

This 4-week course is designed for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are applying for SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Master’s Scholarships or Doctoral Awards. While several of the concepts examined will also be relevant to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and OGS applicants are welcome to register, the focus of the course is on writing an effective SSHRC proposal. The course will examine topics such as the format and evaluation criteria for SSHRC proposals, strategies for clarifying the content, structure, and style of proposals, and common errors to avoid. In this time of social distancing, we are experimenting with a new format for the course. The course will consist of four weekly one-hour plenary sessions online, supplemented by smaller group tutorial sessions and the opportunity for students to submit draft proposals for feedback.

Course duration: 4 weeks.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate S​tudies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.​

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

If you have any questions about the Writing SSHRC Proposals​ course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.ca.


SSHRC MA – Writing SSHRC Proposals for Master’s Students (Humanities and Social Sciences)

This synchronous online course is designed for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are applying for SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Master’s Scholarships. Several of the concepts we’ll examine will also be relevant to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and OGS applicants are welcome to register. Over four weeks, we’ll learn strategies for clarifying the content, structure, and style of your proposal and common errors you’ll want to avoid. SSHRC MA consists of four 90-minute synchronous (live) interactive online classes.  Students will also be eligible to submit draft proposals for receive feedback via an online one-on-one conference.

This course is not offered in the October session. Please consult the Annual Course Schedule page for the Tentative 2020-2021 Schedule.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate S​tudies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.​

If you have any questions about the Writing MA SSHRC Proposals​ course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.