Prepare for Success at Graduate School: Engineering and Applied Science Programs
Understand how to navigate engineering and applied science master’s programs, and learn the skills 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 lead instructor, a PhD student, candidate or recent graduate, and a Canadian university faculty member.
In this course, you:
- 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 intelligence
- get 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
- create positive feedback loops in your study habits, and strategies to overcome procrastination
- write effective cover letters for supervisors, researching and summarizing journals and learning how to work specifically within the online academic environment
- build your online presence with unique and powerful content.
Your lead instructor, Shayan Fahimi, is a PhD candidate in the UBC Faculty of Applied Science in civil engineering, and is passionate about research, teaching and self-improvement.
Jasmin Jelovica, DSc, PEng, is an assistant professor of mechanical and civil engineering at UBC where he teaches graduate courses in analysis and design of marine structures and industrial engineering. He is this course’s guest faculty speaker in Week 2.
Denise Lauritano, MEd, has held leadership positions at institutions large and small in both Canada and the USA for more than 30 years. For much of her career, she has overseen undergraduate and graduate admissions, including reviewing multiple kinds of applications using a variety of rubrics.
Week-by-week course outline
- Explore the field of engineering and applied science.
- Determine your edge, and what makes you an outstanding graduate student in the field of computer science and technology and identify your best-fit programs.
- Learn how to create positive habits.
- Understand academic integrity, sustainable study habits and conflict resolution best practices.
- Learn the top 10 things you need to know for success in graduate programs in engineering and applied science.
- 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 an engineering and applied science faculty member from a Canadian university, and ask your questions in a question and answer (Q&A) session.
- Participate in a livestream presentation and Q&A on technical writing.
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.