The Graduate School offers GRD courses to help graduate students succeed as scholars, instructors, and professionals. Most GRD courses are open to all graduate students, regardless of discipline. They provide students with practical knowledge and skills, such as developing academic courses and fostering intellectual character, that will enhance their graduate studies and professional career.
GRD courses are typically offered during the Winter and Summer sessions, so they do not conflict with degree programs. Some GRD courses fulfill graduate certificate requirements.
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Recently Offered GRD Courses
GRD 530 Toolbox for Researchers and Scholars
This course examines responsible conduct of research, process and theory of interdisciplinary research, and mentoring for research and scholarship.
GRD 593 Critical Skills for Graduate Success
This course begins with an introduction to inquiry-based project design and three days of intensive planning around a graduate-level project of significance (e.g., a dissertation proposal or chapter; a major exam). Students will then execute the projects they design, submitting drafts and receiving significant feedback from the professor.
GRD 594 Management Fundamentals for Engineers
This course is intended to provide graduate students in science and engineering programs with basic management skills, including project planning, strategic planning, and management of technology development and innovation. This course can be applied to the Professional Science Management and Professional Science Master's Certificates.
GRD 595 Fundamentals of Budget and Finance for Scientists
This course is available to graduate students in science and engineering programs. It provides an overview of business management skills by teaching principles of budget and financial accounting. Students will develop an understanding of the basic financial tools needed to develop business proposals and successfully manage scientific projects in public and private work sectors. Topics may include capital planning, cost estimation, project progress measurement and other keys to developing a financially sound business. This course can be applied to the Professional Science Management and Professional Science Master's Certificates.
GRD 671 Instructional Design Basics
Readings and exercises lead students through the process of developing a course using the principles of instructional design. Topics include: What is intelligence? How do your students learn? How does prior learning affect acquisition of new information? How will you use technology and other teaching tools? How will you assess learning? Appropriate for college level instruction and also secondary level teachers.
GRD 673 Fostering Intellectual Character
Readings and exercises lead students through the process of developing a course that fosters intellectual character. Topics include: who are today's college students?, what is "smart"?, initiating a culture of thinking, developing thinking routines, instructor as a model of thinking, learning to think by talking, faculty who make a difference.
GRD 676 The Community College
This course covers the mission of community college, type of governance, financial structure, challenges for community college, student needs, learning styles, developing a learning environment, supplementary support for students, the role of advising, and related topics.