EXGEN - Extension - General Studies

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Faculty of Extension

Below are the courses available from the EXGEN code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Studio facilities and models are provided for professional artists and art students. No instruction is offered.

★ 21 Non-credit course

This Mentorship is designed to give Visual Arts Certificate graduate the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor towards a solo exhibition at the Extension Gallery, focused on creating a cohesive body of work in a specific theme of their choosing. This is an independent study course for which the student selects a mentor to provide guidance, feedback and ongoing assessment of the work. As well as the artistic merit of the work produced, the organization of material and scope of the project will be crucial for student success. Dependent on individual and project goals, students can register for the Mentorship up to a maximum of 3 times (3 terms).

★ 15 Non-credit course

Explore the art of making beautiful felt pieces from wool as you learn the wet felting method of bonding wool fibres together. Find out how to build 3D objects from felt and how to create texture such as bumps, undulations, spikes, ripples, craters, cracks, and more. Make your own textural wall hanging and a three-dimensional vessel to take home. You will leave this class ready to use your new skills on your own.

★ 5 Non-credit course

Enjoy a first-hand experience of the spirit of hospitality embodied by the Japanese tea ceremony, as you practice serving and receiving tea using traditional utensils. Learn about environment associated with the ceremony: the tea room, the garden, tea utensils, and the toko no ma. Explore the history of this tradition started by Zen monks in the 13th century and understand why the tea ceremony developed the way it did.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Home staging is a specialized and highly sought-after skill that will add depth to your decorating business. Help your clients sell their home faster and at the best price by following the principles of home staging to give a fresh new look to an existing space. Learn about the role of the home stager and the principles of de-personalizing, re-decorating, space planning, and accessorizing.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Understand the fundamentals of current technologies in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are being applied to law. Discuss questions that arise from AI methods being used in law today. Learn about AI's effects on legal cases and legal business methods. Through a practical set of current examples, this course will help legal and policy professionals with non-technical backgrounds engage knowledgeably with AI technology at work. Topics may include, among others: Natural Language Processing (NLP) applied in law; how machines can understand legal languages; the state of the art of AI and Machine Learning applied in law.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Aimed at legal and policy professionals with non-technical backgrounds, this course will help you understand how AI already intersects with the everyday life of your clients and community - and how you can best protect them - as you examine specific case studies that demonstrate how AI is now an ever-present background factor in divorce and family matters, employment, civil rights infringements, government services, consumer contracts, home security, healthcare, education, and much more.

★ 16 Non-credit course

Explore the use of found objects in a contemporary studio practice and learn to incorporate your finds from thrift stores, the reuse centre, or personal items into works of art. Experiment with materials and techniques using acrylic paint and acrylic gouache along with found images and objects. Find out how to use adhesives and grounds for varied surfaces while expanding your palette to include objects.

★ 30 Non-credit course

A basic knowledge of French is required in French Level II. You will learn about more complex sentences and the past tense, along with the following vocabulary and conversational topics: shopping, clothing, professions, leisure, sports, hobbies, entertainment, and travel. Completion of EXGEN 3114 is strongly recommended.

★ 15 Non-credit course

If you're planning a trip to a German-speaking country but your language skills don't go much beyond ja and nein, this course is for you. Focusing on spoken communication and the comprehension of texts commonly encountered while traveling, you will learn how to manage travel scenarios such as taking the bus, buying souvenirs, or ordering at a restaurant. Explore aspects like the public transit system, food specialties, and sightseeing spots. Develop an introductory vocabulary and learn useful expressions. Become able to locate help and communicate your basic needs.

★ 20 Non-credit course

Overcome stylistic faults in your business, professional or academic writing. Learn to assess your readers, evaluate your intent and write clear and graceful text that engages your audience's interest. Topics will include developing a vocabulary for analyzing style, creating a coherent point of view, removing redundancy and controlling long sentences. The course includes exercises and writing assignments. This is a required course for the Qualified Administrative Assistants Program. For more information on the Association of Administrative Assistants go to: www.aaa.ca/

★ 20 Non-credit course

This is a course for writers who are starting out and want to experience the range and potential of the various forms of writing. We will look at poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Facilitated through a discussion of the literature of the past and present the main focus of this course will be on exploring your own creative writing.

★ 30 Non-credit course

The language of instruction in French Level I will be primarily English, but you will have ample opportunity to practice your French. You will learn basic grammar structures along with the following vocabulary and conversational topics: greetings, food, ordering a meal, seasons, time, directions, dates, the rooms in a house, classroom, office, age, the family, parts of the body, and health.

★ 12 Non-credit course

In this hands-on workshop, you'll explore the rules of French pronunciation, acquire some foundational vocabulary, understand the differences between written and spoken French, and be introduced to grammar structures you'll need to communicate at a basic level. Work on essentials such as days of the week, numbers, introductions, ordering meals, and others. Learn words tailored to you specific needs - tourism, business, wine tasting, etc. Get useful pointers on the rules of French etiquette.

★ 30 Non-credit course

In this introductory course you will become acquainted with everyday Italian conversation through oral practice, basic grammar instruction, and pronunciation drills. By the end of the course you will be able to competently introduce yourself and others and will be able to pose questions on personal information as well as respond to analogous questions (place of residency, people whom you know, what you possess). You will easily be able to interact at an elementary level of Italian as long as the speaker enunciates slowly, clearly and is willing to be collaborative and supportive in the learning experience.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Requiring a reasonable command of basic Italian structure, this course will focus on helping you develop conversational skills. Understand isolated, frequently used sentence's and expressions relative to time and place and of immediate importance to you. [For example, basic information on the person and family, abilities, local geography, and the work place]. Be successful in expressing in simple terms aspects of your life and of your surroundings. Completion of EXGEN 3116 is strongly recommended.

★ 15 Non-credit course

Writing creative nonfiction begins with an intensive exploration of people, places and events we already know but often ignore. Join us for an exciting and interactive workshop, exploring our lives through writing and reading, techniques and critiques. Journaling, memoir, food and travel writing will be included.

★ 20 Non-credit course

Learn how to develop a career in independent journalism, as well as how to manage your business. Find out what types of journalism work are available to freelancers and explore topics such as finding, developing, and organizing ideas; selling stories and yourself; and market research techniques. Discuss digital tools that can reduce time, errors, and the chaos of self-employment, as well as life skills that foster a healthy work-life balance. We¿ll wade into the business nitty-gritty--who pays, how much, and what¿s in a contract--as well as best practices.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Transform scientific research, theories and term papers into clear and concise writing with a more broad-based appeal. This course will focus on structuring and telling a story, understanding what a general audience is looking for, and on specific tools and techniques to communicate engaging content related to science, technology, and the environment, including general reporting best practices. This course is designed for anyone interested in writing about science including: technical writers, scientists, medical professionals, journalists, and students.

★ 10 Non-credit course

Learn how to avoid costly and embarrassing errors by sharpening your proofreading skills. A Practical Guide to Proofreading covers proofreading marks, comparing copies, the errors to look for when proofreading, and the differences between proofreading and editing. A variety of exercises will help you learn to avoid common proofreading errors.

★ 30 Non-credit course

The objective of Japanese I is to provide a solid foundation in the knowledge and skill required to speak functional Japanese. After completing this course you will be able to survive day-to-day situations in Japan such as greetings, introductions, counting, asking and giving simple information, shopping, and so on.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Take your language skills to the next level as you become more comfortable with reading short articles, carrying on basic conversations, and following most instructions in French. Gather new vocabulary and practice conversation topics such as arts and entertainment, lifestyle and culture, and health habits. Learn how to express your opinion on issues like politics, family, and others. Instruction is primarily in French; grammar concepts are explained in English. Completion of EXGEN 3109 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

The course will start with a review of basic sentence structure, vocabulary, and useful daily expressions and move on to more complex grammatical rules, especially the inflection of verbs and adjectives. We will increase our vocabulary and special idiomatic expressions used in daily life in Japan. English will be used to explain grammatical points only. You will be encouraged to use the target language as much as possible. Upon completion of this course you will be able to handle day to day situations in Japan with more ease. You will be able to express your feelings and ideas on certain topics with more confidence. Completion of EXGEN 3138 is strongly recommended.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Acquire the skills and confidence necessary to articulate your ideas, show people your expertise, and market yourself and your businesses in-person or virtually. Enhance your ability to craft and deliver messages and speeches, create an online personal brand, and come across as a skillful communicator in any setting. Explore a comprehensive toolkit of presentation crafting, public speaking, and executive presence, and learn how to use your body language, vocal variety, visuals, and technology to better communicate your message to audiences of one to hundreds.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) in this course designed for those with little or no background in ASL. Acquire beginner-level, practical ASL communication skills on everyday topics, both to express yourself and understand conversational American Sign Language. Understand the crucial components of ASL and find out how to use non-manual grammar in ASL. Explore issues related to Deaf culture and the Deaf community. This class will be entirely conducted in ASL.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Improve your basic American Sign Language skills in this course designed for those who completed the ASL 1 course. Carry on conversations in ASL on everyday topics such as family, activities, and interests. Further develop your ASL receptive and expressive skills, and learn how to use storytelling in ASL. This class will be entirely conducted in ASL.

★ 30 Non-credit course

In this class conducted entirely in American Sign Language, you¿ll consolidate and expand your mastery of ASL, as you become capable of carrying on conversations about everyday topics in a variety of contexts. Take your ASL receptive and expressive skills beyond the basics and increase your comfort level with common interpersonal interactions. Deepen your understanding of Deaf culture and the Deaf community.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Learn conversational Mandarin while exploring aspects of Chinese life and culture. Through oral practice and conversational exercises you develop fluency in a comfortable language learning environment with an experienced Mandarin instructor. The use of Pin-Yin, the Chinese characters in the Latin alphabet, facilitates the learning process for students at the introductory level. We will cover the Introduction Chapter up to Lesson 5 in the Integrated Chinese textbook.

★ 20 Non-credit course

Write and develop a collection of short fiction toward building a finished portfolio. Review elements of storytelling and explore the formal possibilities of short fiction. Assigned readings, in-class discussions, and short exercises will help you tap into approaches that excite you, deepen your understanding of process, and amass material needed for story drafts. You will be asked to share and critique manuscripts: this is an opportunity to test your work on a focused audience while sharpening your editing and revising skills.

★ 22 Non-credit course

Explore the nature of the novel and its essential craft elements-plot, structure, characterization, point of view and sense of place. You will gain perspective on your writing process, which will help you conceptualize your novel and begin writing in manageable size pieces. You will also have the opportunity to share your work with others for feedback and refinement.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Build on your ability to carry on a simple conversation in Italian through this course, which will stress the development of a more comprehensive vocabulary and idiom, specifically in speaking. Comprehend the essential points of clear messages on familiar topics such as work, school, free time, et cetera. After Level III you should be able to hold your own when travelling to a region where people speak the language. Construct simple, coherent passages on topics that are either familiar or of interest. You will be able to: describe experiences, events, dreams, wishes, ambitions; elaborate on reasons; give explanations on opinions and projects. Completion of EXGEN 3117 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Les étudiants devront être capables de tenir une conversation dans la plupart des situations de la vie quotidienne. L'enseignement sera donné principalement en français. Les sujets de conversation seront les suivants: initiation à la littérature francophone, les nouvelles techniques et l'environnement. D¿autres sujets de conversation seront également étudiés selon les intérêts des étudiants. Completion of EXGEN 3139 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Les étudiants devront être capables de tenir une conversation dans toutes les situations de la vie privée ou professionnelle. L'enseignement sera donné exclusivement en français. Les sujets de conversation seront: les différents aspects de la culture francophone; rédiger un curriculum vitae et une lettre de demande. D'autres sujets de conversation seront également choisis en fonction des intérêts des étudiants. Completion of EXGEN 3247 is strongly recommended.

★ 9 Non-credit course

Leading teams in a remote environment depends upon new ways of working together. It requires leadership that can overcome physical distance to create environments of deep belonging and engagement. Learn how to intentionally create a sense of connection and keep your team productive, accountable, and performing at its best while working from home. Explore the tools and strategies you need to navigate the transition to leading remotely. Find out how to do so in a meaningful and human way, creating lasting team engagement and productivity.

★ 18 Non-credit course

Develop fundamental editing skills for a range of fields with a focus on the editor's bread and butter: substantive and copy editing. Learn the theory and get practical, hands-on training. Ensure correct and consistent punctuation, grammar, word usage, and spelling, and improve the writing so it's clear and concise. We will explore the editing process, the author-editor relationship, the readers' needs, and the business of editing.

★ 12 Non-credit course

In this workshop, students will learn how to assess their qualifications and skills to best present themselves in writing. Students will learn about the two most popular styles of resumes (functional and chronological) and understand which one is best suited for their individual needs, as well as how to construct a successful cover letter.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Living in a world that poses challenges and even greater uncertainty requires increasing self-awareness and accountability about our responses to unforeseeable events. We know from reading literature that great writers have captured difficult and painful moments in history by writing about it and inspiring resilience in people. Emotional resiliency is defined as an ability to adapt and to respond to difficult life circumstances without losing control. The more resilient you are the better you can cope with stress and change. In this workshop, we will learn how to make writing a daily practice that complements meditation, relaxation, and intention-making.

★ 6 Non-credit course

A grant from a respectable funding agency can open new possibilities for you as a professional in any industry, and can take your career to the next level. In this workshop, we will learn best practices in writing a successful grant application for research-based projects and discuss strategic ways of answering fundamental questions that interest grant-adjudicating committees.

★ 3 Non-credit course

In this workshop, participants will learn the skills, tools and strategy to help them create compelling digital content and better understand what makes a legitimate social media influencer.

★ 6 Non-credit course

In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of influencer marketing and how to develop an influencer marketing strategy.

★ 6 Non-credit course

This course is for all those who need to use the written word in online correspondence at work to get results. Explore the general principles that apply to writing in every workplace and learn how to write with clarity, precision, and brevity while producing regular email messages, memos, business letters, and summaries of meetings.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Aimed at those with very little or no background in German. It takes a task-based approach to learning using practical situations from everyday life. Get introduced to common expressions and acquire vocabulary in topics such as: greetings, introductions, ordering food, time of day, shopping, compliments and more. Discuss the culture of German-speaking countries and learn about basic pronunciation rules, the use of verbs, the use of present tense and past tense, sentence structure, and the use of cases. German I covers level A1.1 of the European CEFR-scale.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Aimed at those with some background in German, this course takes a task-based, communicative approach to learning that is focused on practical situations from everyday life. Practice conversational topics such as hobbies and leisure, directions, public transit, being sick and making a doctor's appointment, staying at a hotel, and more. Discuss the culture of German-speaking countries and learn about pronunciation rules, the past tense, prepositions, conjunctions, and the use of the dative case. German 2 covers level A1.2 of the European CEFR-scale.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Expand your German language skills in this course that uses a task-based, communicative approach to explore interactions common to situations from everyday life. Practice conversational topics such as public transit and mobility, media, work life, traditions, literature, and more. Discuss the culture of German-speaking countries, learn more about the past tense, and understand pronunciation rules, collocations, reflexive verbs, subordinate clauses, and the use of the genitive case. German III covers level A2.1 of the European CEFR-scale. Completion of EXGEN 3398 or equivalent is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Using a communicative approach to learning, we will practice our German using situations from everyday life. You should be comfortable carrying on basic conversations. The following conversational topics will be covered: shopping, giving and receiving gifts, invitations, the German geography, language, culture, and people (biographies). Learn to use the dative, comparatives and superlatives, and demonstrative pronouns. The genitive is introduced. We will cover Chapters 9 and 10 in Themen 1 aktuell, Lektion 6-10. The course allows for some additional topics and Internet use. The language of instruction is German. Completion of EXGEN 3399 is strongly recommended.

★ 20 Non-credit course

This course builds on grammar and writing skills by focusing on clarity, correctness, and the development of a compelling writing voice. Correcting for style, content, and format are integrated into formal studies in grammar. By focusing on these essential elements of writing, this course aims to prepare (or refresh) writers for the process from first draft to final product. In-class exercises will be used to take complex, sophisticated sentences and paragraphs and look at the underpinning logic of what the writer is trying to say.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Have you been asked to write a set of procedures, a manual, or a user's guide? Does this task seem daunting because you don't consider yourself a technical writer? This course is intended for anyone who must write procedures or manuals for others, or for anyone exploring the technical writing profession. Examine the tasks, processes and techniques for writing instructions and guides that are useful and easy to read. Learn how to conduct audience analysis and how to use this analysis to guide your writing. Experiment with document design and appreciate how design plays an important role in the writing process. Learn how to estimate the cost and schedule for producing your guides. Create an outline for a guide, write procedures and conduct feedback testing to improve the usability of your guide. This course provides an overview of technical writing processes and practical hands-on exercises; no technical writing experience is required.

★ 30 Non-credit course

This course takes a communicative approach to learning, using practical situations from everyday life. You should be comfortable carrying on basic conversations in German. The following conversational topics will be covered: looks and personality, describing people, clothes, tolerance and prejudice, schooling and professions, entertainment and television. Learn to use special articles, adjective endings, comparisons, modals in the past, subordinate clauses and reflexive verbs. We will cover Chapters 1 through 3. The course allows for some additional topics and internet use. The language of instruction is German. Completion of EXGEN 3400 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Expand your everyday communication skills, learn more advanced Kanji, and increase your command of idiom, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. The main focus will be on oral Japanese, but in order to enhance your communicative skills, we will learn further complex verb sentences and idiomatic expressions. Completion of EXGEN 3143 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Develop your communication and reading skills in Japanese further. By the time you have completed the course, you should be able to handle basic everyday living situations in Japanese. Practice forming complex sentences (including attributive modifiers, tenses, and conditions) and expand your vocabulary. Completion of EXGEN 3414 is strongly recommended.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Based on the knowledge taught in Chinese I (Mandarin) we will expand our vocabulary and grammar by practicing the dialogues in the textbook and oral activity of daily life. We will continue with translation of sentences from the workbook. Lessons 6 to 11 in the Integrated Chinese textbook will be covered. You will improve your pronunciation gradually by ample practice exercises. Prerequisite: Chinese I (Mandarin) or equivalent.

★ 30 Non-credit course

Increase your communicative skills in Japanese as you further your understanding of syntactical structure through lessons that focus on how to talk about topics relevant to daily life. We will cover Lessons 4 through 9 in Japanese for Busy People, Vol. 2, and practice reading and writing 60 basic kanji. Topics explored include: plain form of verbs and adjectives; compound sentences; and temporal (when), conditional (if), and modifying clauses. Completion of EXGEN 3418 is strongly recommended.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Discover the world of window coverings and the place they have in bringing a room together in this special workshop. Learn what materials are best suited for both hard and soft window coverings and how to select appropriate style of drapery and fabric for each style. Hardware choices will also be covered as a tool to help complete your vision for a project. Practical attention and practice will be given to yardage calculations and measurements for all window coverings.

★ 10 Non-credit course

Learn how to apply interior design rules to an open space in this introduction to landscape design. Focusing on designing decks and patios, you'll get acquainted with different hardscape materials and their installation process, including furniture, fireplaces, gazebos, etc. Become aware of how plants can be used in the landscape, specifically in regards to screening between homes. Explore basic landscape design styles and find out how to integrate a deck or patio in a shape and size that matches your outdoor space.

★ 20 Non-credit course

This course is designed to meet the needs of advanced Spanish learners. You will have the opportunity to review and progress in speaking spanish. Most classes will provide an opportunity for communicative expression as you work through authentic language materials taken from a variety of Spanish newspapers, periodicals, movies, and advertisements. Prerequisite: EXSLC 3259

★ 8 Non-credit course

Make a one-of-a-kind accordion book. The accordion is probably the most widely used structure for a fold book. This technique is easy to learn and a great way to combine writing and images. You are encouraged to bring prose or poems that you have written (approximately 50 words), and any photographs or images that you would like to incorporate into the book. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.

★ 15 Non-credit course

Explore ways to write children's nonfiction including alphabet books, historical stories, information books, and more. Expect to take part in creativity, writing, and self-editing exercises. You will write a query letter, begin a nonfiction book proposal, and discover how to build your credentials. There will be opportunities for feedback and learning about the publishing industry. Whether you are an aspiring writer or established author, this medley of nonfiction will expand your range of creative choices and empower you with the tools needed to succeed in this exciting area of writing.

★ 13 Non-credit course

Your job description may not say writer, but somehow you spend a large part of your day writing memos, letters, and proposals. The biggest problem in workplace writing is not necessarily bad grammar, but too many words per thought. Wordy writing lacks clarity. Learning to avoid certain grammatical constructions will help you process prose that makes your meaning crystal clear. This workshop will focus on George Orwell's six rules of good writing and the necessary grammatical information to put them into practice. Ample time will be devoted to in-class reinforcement exercises.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Learn the process to writing - which many writers follow naturally. If you're just getting started as a writer, or if you always find it a struggle to produce written work, whether it is a business report, a business letter, an essay, short story or blog, following the writing process will help. This course will explain what each stage of the writing process involves, and you'll be offered some tips for each stage that will help if you're feeling stuck!

★ 20 Non-credit course

Correct and elegant writing depends upon considerations of genre, audience, rhetoric, and subject matter, in addition to knowledge of the writing process (prewriting, writing, and rewriting). This course will consider the role of grammar at all stages of the writing process and how grammar changes in different contexts. Discuss word choice, sentence craft, and how to avoid the most common grammatical problems. Practice the grammatical rules by applying them to your own writing in exercises that will be critiqued by the instructor. Note: This course stresses the process of learning writing in a hands-on approach. Only selected key principles of grammar will be discussed and applied to your writing.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Have you dreamt of pursuing a career as an artist, but felt dissuaded by the myth of the starving, struggling artist? Creating a financially successful life from one's art requires creativity in planning and execution, but need not be out of reach. This course will provide you with the tools necessary to build your career as a visual artist. Learn the pros and cons of different revenue options, how to market yourself and effectively present your artwork, and how to build relationships that impact your financial success. This is an essential course for all aspiring visual artists.

★ 12 Non-credit course

Learn how to prepare a portfolio that communicates your potential, enthusiasm, and experience. Showcasing work you have completed previously is important for ongoing professional practice as an artist or designer. This workshop will explore different ways to organize and present your portfolio in an accessible and effective manner to assist your ongoing communication with potential audiences for your work - whether galleries or potential clients. This course is an absolute must for anyone wanting to continue on into either professional practice or further education in the arts.

★ 20 Non-credit course

Take your writing to the next level as you find out how to write compelling nonfiction for hungry magazine markets. Learn techniques for researching who may be interested in your writing, how to submit it, and ways to make editors take notice. Explore best practices of good magazine/newspaper article-writing and understand how blogging and social media can be used as brand-building tools. Develop a publishable magazine story of your own.

★ 8 Non-credit course

Learn how to secure media coverage to place your organization, project, or campaign in the headlines, generating sales and awareness as well as strengthening your positioning, credibility, and SEO. Understand how to identify media outlets that will reach your target audience, how to approach a journalist, and how to develop a newsworthy hook to capture their attention. You will have the opportunity to write your own press release and pitch to receive constructive critique, setting you up for success in future media outreach.

★ 12 Non-credit course

An introduction to the practice of community translation, the course covers basic concepts in translation theory and its application in community translation contexts. The course introduces strategies and best practices for quality control, assessment, and revision of translations. To meet different communities' translation needs, social and cultural aspects of translation will be emphasized. Online and offline translation tools and resources will be introduced. The course will be taught in English, but guest lecturers may be invited to address issues in the working languages of participants.

★ 7 Non-credit course

The recent and rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) has left many wondering how a business can best deploy theses technologies for maximum impact. This seminar, designed for business leaders and technical staff, will provide an applied understanding of the process and capabilities of AI, machine learning and data mining. Participants will work in small teams to conceive, present and refine and AI project of their choice and can expect to gain an introductory working knowledge of how to evaluate, validate and begin developing AI solutions for a chosen domain.

★ 9 Non-credit course

This course is for health professionals treating borderline personality, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders or interpersonal trauma. It is particularly relevant in work with adolescents and your adults who have not improved with other treatments. Mentalizing is a flexible approach: it can be combined with other interventions and is rooted in psychological development, neuro-biology, social cognition and attachment theory. As a method mentalizing is introducing a fresh, empirically - supported view of interpersonal functioning and self regulation. Theory and techniques will be presented.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Regardless of your position, everyone plays a roles in managing risk within an organization. This course will help provide you with a theoretical understanding of what risk management is and how to use risk management for decision making in order to achieve objectives, as well as create or preserve value for your organization. Topics will include: what is risk, risk management, management and communication, and the value of learning from failure.

★ 14 Non-credit course

This course is for individuals looking inside their organization to identify, manage, and prevent organizational risks while maximizing opportunities those risks my present. Topics covered will include: Organizational culture, human resources risks, crime, physical property and business continuity. At the conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding and discussion about risk, key concepts and tools and selected risk topics.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Organizations face risk from every direction. This course will focus on identifying and managing external risk and will give you an understanding about risk, risk tools, and areas of risk your organization could be exposed to. Topics covered will include: sources of external risk, such as economic, political, emergent technologies and competitors. Other topics to be discussed are corporate responsibility, what to do when there is a failure of internal and external controls, and handling crisis communication.

★ 14 Non-credit course

All supervisors, managers and other professionals are challenged with the task to review and analyze financial statements and data. In many organizations, increased focus is being placed on budgets and financial management techniques. This seminar will introduce basic financial concepts to participants whose primary role is in other functional areas. You will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared and how to interpret financial statements and data in order to make prudent financial decisions.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Do you have a great idea for a business and don't know where to start? Have you stared a home-based business on etsy and want to grow and have no idea how? Have you always wanted to be entrepreneur but just can't get that first idea? This course will take you from the idea to long term growth. This course is designed to give students an overview of all aspects of starting a new business venture and how they link together, some common pitfalls and finally confidence to take the next step.

★ 7 Non-credit course

Persuasion is a core professional skill, underpinning much of our communication. In this seminar, you will learn fundamental aspects of persuasion and how to apply them to become more convincing in presentations, arguments, and conversations. Topics covered will include fundamental persuasive appeals, how to context and bias modify persuasion, critical rhetorical tools, methods for leveraging the right tool or technique at the right time, and methods of developing and defending strong arguments.

★ 7 Non-credit course

Executive Presence (EP) is a combination of the way we speak, look, and behave that helps others perceive us as competent and authoritative. This highly desirable trait can be crafted and leveraged to give you greater poise and impact on your work. We will explore key traits, behaviours, and mindset needed to project a strong and authentic presence. You will be taught practical methods for cultivating these traits, including activities you can incorporate into everyday work and life.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Learn about the 'Six Thinking Hats' methodology, created by internationally renowned author Edward de Bono to be applied in decision-making, idea evaluation, and meeting management. Explore ways of transforming communication, moving beyond obvious solutions, reducing meeting times, and introducing positive team dynamics into the meeting process. Find out how to use this methodology in leading or facilitating meetings, strategic and action planning sessions, drafting emails and reports, project management, visioning, and more.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Based on the work of internationally renowned author Edward de Bono, this workshop will introduce you to a methodology of decision making and to lateral thinking tools for strategic planning. Through a mix of lecture and practical exercises, you¿ll learn and practice how to move away from `one size fits all¿ problem-solving by exploring different approaches based on the issue being addressed. You¿ll also understand how to use intuition in decision-making, creatively generate alternative solutions, evaluate and challenge the status quo, and adopt brand-new ways of thinking.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Explore the use of analytical methods in management problem-solving, highlighting organizational and contextual issues. Construct an analytical model of a problem that can be manipulated or solved to identify a decision that yields the best outcome, according to one or more carefully defined criteria. The challenges of communicating and implementing results in an organizational context may also be explored through mini-cases and illustrations.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Gain an overview of big data, the state of the practice in analytics and the analytics lifecycle as an end-to-end process. Focus on the key roles of a successful analytic project. Topics may include: the main phases of the lifecycle; and developing core deliverables to stakeholders.

★ 22 Non-credit course

The objective of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to make smart investment decisions. You will learn the principles and techniques used to analyze securities such as stocks and bonds. In addition, you will learn how to build a globally diversified portfolio. We will outline the risks to avoid and more importantly how to behave when risk manifests itself upon the markets. The focus will be on building your confidence by teaching you how to rely on a system and not on your emotions.

★ 27 Non-credit course

Improve your chances of gaining admission to the MBA program of your choice with a comprehensive course covering each area of this challenging exam: mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar, critical reasoning, and essay writing. Reinforce your skills with practice on real GMAT questions and exam simulations. Learn tips and strategies offered by our experienced GMAT instructor.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Business process mapping is a critical activity for creating information required to enable effective performance analysis and improvement. This course will introduce the practical skills needed to map, document, assess, and reformulate business processes. Through interactive discussion and hands-on exercises, participants may gain an understanding of process mapping applications in business process management and tools and skills for conducting business process discovery, analysis and design. Students are encouraged to utilize their own process examples for in-class exercises

★ 21 Non-credit course

The next step for business analytics students is to gain an opportunity to use the free software R to perform statistical computing. In this hands-on course, you will be introduced to data manipulation and visualization using the R language, primarily working with a set of packages knows as the tidyverse. At the end of this course you should be able to subset large datasets, apply functions to those subsets, fit simple linear and generalized linear models, and visualize the results in a publication-ready format.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Learn to apply many new features and techniques of InDesign that will help to automate the construction of complex multi-page documents so that the modifications may be completed in an extremely efficient manner. Students will also learn to integrate Photoshop, Illustrator, and Bridge with InDesign to prepare, place, and modify many different file formats for complete full circle workflow.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Adobe InDesign is a professional desktop publishing program that allows you to produce stunning, creative layouts for a variety of print and digital media, including books, reports, magazines, posters, brochures, to name a few. In this course, students will be introduced to the design interface, new document setup, and working with colour swatches. They will also gain knowledge in working with objects, frames, type, as well as importing imagery and graphics. Students will prepare their finished products for both professional print and digital viewing.

★ 14 Non-credit course

This course is intended for new Microsoft Project 2016 users. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able accomplish the following: Understand the basic purpose and operation of the software by creating a new project, edit and outline a task list, as well as establish dependencies by linking tasks. Also covered in the course will be how to add and assign resources to a project, work with project calendars, and enter project costs, setting up and printing project information. Tasks, resource conflicts and tracking will be covered along with sorting, filtering and grouping and format views and Gantt Charts

★ 21 Non-credit course

In this hands-on course, you will focus on the application of fitting simple statistical models to data and experiments. The difference between descriptive and inferential statistics will be discussed, with the introduction of probability and data distributions. You will then fit simple models to data starting with simple linear regression, multiple linear regression and analysis of variance. By the end of the course, you should be able to interpret statistical models of how to report them. Prerequisite EXGEN 5449

★ 21 Non-credit course

In part two of this hands-on course, you will focus on fitting more complicated models to data and experiments. The models that will be discussed are known as generalized linear models and mixed effect models. You will also learn about multivariate statistical tools, such as principal component analysis, as well as entering the field of predictive modeling using time series data and simple forecasting techniques. By the end of the course, you should be able to interpret, report and present the results of your statistical models. Prerequisite EXGEN 5454

★ 7 Non-credit course

Implementing new IT business systems (or performing major upgrades to existing ones) is an inherently high-risk process. As a senior manager - you may need to ensure the success of a system project initiative - but you don't need to be a systems specialist to do so effectively. Designed from a business perspective, this course will help you to recognize specific risks to in-house developed, contracted, or cloud based solutions; understand the obscure language in project progress reports; and identify the warning signs of potentially impending failure for your system.

★ 14 Non-credit course

This is an introductory course for those wanting to learn to create vector graphics/artwork in Adobe Illustrator. The student will become familiar and comfortable with the Illustrator environment while learning to use many tools and techniques to develop, modify and output scalable vector graphics for multiple mediums such as web, print and video

★ 14 Non-credit course

This is an introductory course for those wanting to manipulate and/or create pixel-based photos and graphics with Adobe Photoshop. the student will become familiar and comfortable with the Photoshop environment while learning to use many tools, panels and techniques in a non-destructive workflow to efficiently modify images and graphics for both web and print. If possible, students should have a version of Adobe Photoshop in their offices or at home to practice during the course.

★ 14 Non-credit course

Learn about strategic approaches to social media use and understand its role and importance during this current health crisis and in everyday workings of local authority. Be introduced to social media best practices for how to engage with communities, minimize risk, help citizens to feel more connected to municipal leaders, combat social isolation, and encourage citizens to invest in their communities. Other topics include the negative effects of social media misuse or overuse, municipal decisions appropriate to share, and responsibility for social media accounts at the municipality level.

★ 2 Non-credit course

Learn about the importance of ethics and other essential competencies of responsible public administrators in maintaining the public good. Explore how the challenges of current crises such as COVID-19 pandemic, social inequality, social action against racial inequality, place additional pressures and public scrutiny on the public sector and employees at all levels of government. Discuss other topics such as the models and philosophies for public administration roles and duties, processes for decision making, wihistlebloweing, and conflict of interest.

★ 21 Non-credit course

Adaptive leadership is a critical tool and skill set for those looking to drive systemic change while being accountable to their own values and goals. Learn how to use an adaptive leadership framework to strengthen your ability to tackle complex problems and lead inclusively in today's polarized world. Explore ways of building your team's ability to adapt to unforeseen realities and to hold steady during periods of intense change.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Designing is an integrative and reflective cultural process that supports exploring the needs of people. It is not just about process - it is also about why we design. Develop your designing capacities through the individual and group activities of hands-on design exploration. Combine visual elements within a prescribed field in order to develop a small project. Learn how to design branded touch points to strategically communicate a chosen cultural or social issue.

★ 6 Non-credit course

With the rise of mistrust surrounding corporations, the increase in user-generated content, reports of fake news, and the decline of local media coverage, communications professionals can become invaluable in today's society by refocusing their organization's strategy to emphasize brand journalism and content marketing in the digital sphere. Get an overview of how digital drives the communications profession and learn practical tips for peak performance as we explore topics like campaign design, web writing, influencing influencers, online identity and social listening to maximize metadata.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Conquer the art (and science) of communicating for change as you master persuasive techniques in face-to-face conversations and written communication. Learn how to have more impact in your professional or personal life and impress others with the merits of your ideas. Discover how to tailor your message to fit the different communication and decision-making styles of others and practice these techniques so you can apply them immediately.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Explore the theory and practice of primitive portable moviemaking,a concept that can be applied ina range of digital storytelling contexts. We will use low-cost, low-tech video strategies to plan and produce a short video, as well as discuss ways of integrating the video into a social media engagement strategy.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Technology has fundamentally changed how people interact with organizations. Digital platforms have given individuals a voice, connected them with like-minded people, and shifted their information and engagement expectations. Learn how to move beyond pushing your messages out to people by understanding the opportunities and potential pitfalls of engaging in the digital world. Gain a perspective on why, how and when to engage with your audience by applying the engagement framework and exploring techniques that support a more strategic approach to the push-and-pull of digital engagement.

★ 6 Non-credit course

Most organizations realize the importance of having a digital footprint. We often talk about the need to create engaging and valuable content - but how can we be sure we are doing that? Analytics and their proper evaluation allow us to know how well we are doing. Learn how to interpret your data, understand your metrics, and quantify the effects of making any changes in future initiatives. Explore ways of using information gathered from your users' behaviour to optimize your marketing strategy and content creation focus.

★ 18 Non-credit course

Explore the intersections between communication and technology as you take the journey from the ideation to the evaluation of communication projects. Discuss aspects like design, strategic digital communication, and portable moviemaking, as well as how to engage your audience and measure the effectiveness of the engagement. Gain new knowledge, skills, and tactics that can be applied in your workplace.

★ 1 Non-credit course
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