Prepare for Success at Graduate School: Computer Science and Technology Programs

Understand how to navigate computer science and technology master’s programs, and learn what you need to succeed as a graduate student in this pre-graduate program course.

Develop your communication, presentation, interpersonal and time management skills – all critical to your success as a grad student. Learn and practise important writing, publishing and research skills, and gain insights from your instructor, a PhD student, candidate or recent graduate, and a Canadian university faculty member.

In this course:

  • understand how graduate school differs from undergraduate programs, and how to successfully navigate this new environment
  • learn how to manage stress, time and motivational pressures
  • gain strategies for communicating effectively with your peers, professors and supervisors
  • practise giving feedback and resolving conflicts, and increase your emotional intelligenceget a real sense of graduate-level coursework by working on technical papers and case studies
  • gain up-to-date knowledge of research, writing, publishing and presentation skills at the graduate level
  • strategize on how to effectively create your academic “brand” in a digital world
  • learn the value of a portfolio vs. a resume, and how to best balance programming languages learning with real-world industry demands.

Your instructors

  • Instructors for this course will be announced soon.

Course outline

Week 1

  • Explore the field of computer science and technology.

Week 2

  • Learn how to successfully navigate student-supervisor relationships.
  • Understand effective presentation, networking and academic relationship skills.
  • Learn how to overcome deadline, stress and procrastination challenges.
  • Get tips on academic writing and publishing.
  • Participate in a live lecture with a computer science faculty member from a Canadian university, and engage in a question and answer (Q&A) session.

Week 3

  • Participate in a livestream presentation and Q&A on technical writing.
  • Complete your technical writing assignment.

Course Format

This course is three weeks long and is 100% online. Expect to spend eight to 10 hours per week learning online, participating in live lectures and Q&As, communicating with your instructors and classmates, and completing assignments. You’ll meet and interact with your peers from around the world in a supportive, yet challenging academic environment.

For most activities, you don’t need to be online at specific times. However, there are some live lectures which are recorded for students who cannot attend. You also have opportunities to participate in live office hours so you can receive personalized feedback and support. Your instructors can offer you support by email if you aren’t able to attend the live lectures or office hours.

Available Sessions

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Feb 1-Feb 21, 2021 | Online | $850.00

Format: Online
Code: MI304W21O
Feb 1-Feb 21, 2021

1nstructor: Denise Lauritano-Saplywy


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$850.00 $42.50 $892.50