Professional Development Courses
Professional Development GRAD courses are pass/fail and do not fulfill degree requirements or count as earned hours. Some GRAD courses are graded H, P, L and can potentially fulfill a degree requirement elective. Please confirm with your student services manager that a particular GRAD course can satisfy a degree elective.
Post-doctoral fellows are welcome to audit these courses with instructor permission if space allows.
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Professional Development regularly offers the following courses. Check ConnectCarolina to confirm current course offerings.
As a future leader in the workplace, you will need read and interpret financial statements, even if this is not one of your primary job responsibilities. Having a basic understanding of financial concepts expands your ability to contribute to organizations and evaluate the strength of a proposal or strategy in light of its impact on an organization’s financial health. GRAD 714 Financial Accounting is an eight-week course that introduces key principles and instruments used in financial accounting, including how to read and create basic financial statements (the balance sheet, the income statement, the cash flow statement) and more advanced concepts, like depreciation, goodwill, forecasting, and budgeting. Each week builds on the next, and you will be applying these principles to case examples and collaborative projects during weekly live class sessions. By the end of this course, you will be able to navigate the most common types of financial statements and disclosures and use these skills in a final project in which you propose a future project to the business managers in your organization.
GRAD 714 is a required course for some programs and credits earned will apply to the degree requirements of those programs. GRAD 714 is also a required course to earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals. For all other programs, please check with your director of graduate studies to learn how GRAD 714 will count toward your degree requirements.
This is a one-credit course. It meets two hours each week for seven weeks. The course has two aims: First, students are introduced to concepts, rule, and issues that are central to research ethics. Second, students aim through readings and discussion to develop skills in critical thinking and ethical analysis.
Class preparation: Students are expected to spend approximately one hour each week preparing for the seminar. All the readings are online, and students post comments on the reading. No other exams or written work is required. Class participation: Students are expected to attend each meeting and to participate in discussions of all the topics.
Pass/fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours.
Building effective job search materials and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. In GRAD 725 you will work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters, and more. You will identify your job values and job skills and develop a professional development plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your job search materials and your career approach. Open to all graduate students in any discipline.
GRAD 725 is a required course for some programs and credits earned will apply to the degree requirements of those programs. GRAD 725 is also an elective course to earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals. For all other programs, please check with your director of graduate studies to learn how GRAD 725 will count toward your degree requirements.
GRAD 810 and 811 are part of the Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program.
This program is designed to enhance the communication skills of international teaching assistants (ITAs) in the classroom. The goals of the courses are:
- To practice English language pronunciation and grammar
- To build cross-cultural communication skills
- To learn and implement teaching skills used in the U.S. classroom.
Each course is two credits. Pass/fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours.