To be taken by all new grad students. Classes are Wednesdays 2:30-4PM before Grad Seminar. For  class dates, locations and times, see below.

This student-centered class will allow graduate students to mature into effective science communicators and help them to form a coherent peer group.

 

For year 2018

 

Class 1 (2:30-4PM MSB 5231) – Sept 12

How to get the most out of grad school.

  • Outline of the course.
  • General items – fellowships, committee, upcoming dates, how to choose rotations, retreat.
  • CMC  gives a 5 min talk about who and what they are.
  • Group discussion with senior grad students.
  • Students are given their written assignment due Sept 26 (1 page proposal on their first rotation)
  • Students are emailed proposals for discussion on Sept 19

 

Class 2 (2:30-4PM MSB 5231) – Sept 19

How to write an effective scholarship application.

  • Brief talk on effective writing.
  • Students organize into groups of 4 and discuss the four mock proposals
    • each proposal is presented by one student (brief summary, what they like and what they did not like) and the next in line is the “scientific officer” and takes down notes (1 form per proposal, per group)
    • 3 min presentation
    • 3 min discussion – scientific officer takes down notes
  • Additional instructions are given for their assignment due Sept 26 (1 page proposal on their first rotation, students must bring in 4 copies)

 

Class 3 (2:30-4PM MSB 5231) – Sept 26

Peer review of student proposals.

  • Students organize in groups of 4 and critique each others’ proposals.
    • 5min to read one proposal, mark it up, write peer reviewer’s name, give to student
    • 5min of discussion
  • Students collect their peer-reviewed proposals, and use this to produce a final proposal due Oct 17.
  • Go over “How to give a talk” lecture (PDF of Slides – How to give a talk)
  • Students are given their oral assignment – 5 min presentation (5 slides, 5 min) which will take place on Oct 24 and Nov 7

 

Class 4 (2:30-4PM MSB 5231) – Oct 17

How to give a talk

  • (Students hand in their final proposal + all 4 of their peer reviewed proposals)
  • Alex Palazzo gives a mock presentation
  • Students organize in groups of 4 and critique the presentation by filling out a group evaluation sheet (10min)
  • Group discussion
  • Discuss the rubric for the 5 min talks
  • Nana Lee covers the basics of Individual Development Plans (IDP)
  • Students are assigned to create an IDP (due Nov 21)

 

Class 5 (2hrs – class is divided into 3 groups, 2-4PM, MSB 5231/ MaRS 1522/MaRS1622) – Oct 24

5 Minute Oral Presentations I

  • Each student gives a 5 min talk with 4-5 power point slides on their first rotation.
  • This is followed by 4 min of questions.
  • 4 min critique by the instructors and students.

 

Class 6 (2hrs – class is divided into 3 groups, 2-4PM, MSB 5231/ MaRS 1522/MaRS1622) – Nov 7

5 Minute Oral Presentations II

  • Each student gives a 5 min talk with 4-5 power point slides on their first rotation.
  • This is followed by 4 min of questions.
  • 4 min critique.

 

Class 7 (2:30-4PM, MSB 5231) – Nov 21

Individual Development Plan

  • Each student brings in a printed copy of their IDP
  • Students organize in groups of 4
    • Each student presents 3-6 smart goals – How? Why? – 3 min
    • Group provides feed back – 3 min
  • General discussion about career options (Nana Lee)
  • Students submit a final IDP that day by uploading it to a Google drive folder

 

Class 8 (2:30-4PM, MSB 5231) – Nov 28

Strategic Communications

 

Class 9 (2:30-4PM, MSB 5231) – Dec 5

Conflict Resolution

  • conflict resolution intro (interest, position, solution)
  • case studies – students break off into groups of 4, evaluate ~4 cases
    • For each case students are given 10 min to read, discuss and offer solutions, write down on form – interest, position, solution of each party

 

Class 10 (2:30-4PM, MSB 5231) – Dec 12

Pot luck

 

Grading scheme:

– Group evaluation of mock proposals 5%

– Peer review of proposals 5%

– Proposal 20%

– Group evaluation of mock talk 5%

– 5min talk 20%

– IDP 15%

– Conflict Resolution 5%

– Class Participation 25%

Students will lose 10% for any class missed without a doctor’s note.

 


Key elements to be discussed/taught/highlighted:

1) oral communication

2) written communication

3) how to provide instructive criticism

4) how to work in a group environment

5) how to make the most of graduate education

 

Course Coordinators

Alexander F. Palazzo

Alexander F. Palazzo

MaRS, West Tower, Suite 1500
661 University Ave.

416-978-7234
alex.palazzo@utoronto.ca

Nana Lee

Nana Lee

Room 5233
Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
416-978-6892
nana.lee@utoronto.ca