a) Directed Reading and Research Course:
A true reading or research course is a course created when an individual student (or a very small group of students) “wishes to explore a topic not currently offered as a graduate course in a given academic year”. In this instance, the student is responsible for finding a faculty member who is willing to work with the student; together they will create the learning goals, deliverables, resources, timeline, and mechanism for feedback. The course is a “one-off”, rather than a repeated offering. These courses will not appear on the timetable.

b) Pilot Course:
A pilot course is a course that a faculty member wants to create and to offer year after year, but needs to develop the course content and determine the student interest. The course may be offered to a small group of students to start, with the intention of converting the course to a regular numbered course following the pilot phase.

Procedures for Directed Reading and Research Course

  • Students wishing to pursue this option are responsible for finding a faculty member with relevant expertise and interest in the chosen topic to supervise the directed reading course. The instructor must have a Graduate Faculty appointment.
  • The course should be equivalent in terms of reading, organized academic activities and written assignments to a regular (0.5 FCE) graduate course.
  • With input from the instructor, each student will submit the SGS Reading and/or Research Course form along with a brief course outline that includes the following:
    • course title and a paragraph describing the body of work to be studied
    • learning goals and objectives
    • resources required to meet learning goals and objectives
    • deliverables/methods of evaluation with corresponding due dates and relative weights
    • planned contact with instructor and mechanism for obtaining instructor feedback
  • The form and outline should be submitted to the Graduate Office, for approval by the Graduate Coordinator, at least 3 working days before the sessional deadline to enrol in courses.

Procedures for Pilot Course

  • The pilot course requires a course syllabus, including rationale, readings, assignments, grading policy, and academic integrity statement.
    A New Course Checklist has been developed to assist instructors with the preparation of course syllabi and act as a guideline during the creation of new courses.
  • The proposal for the course should be reviewed by the appropriate Divisional Curriculum Committee and then submitted to the Graduate Curriculum Committee in time for its meeting in May of the relevant academic year, in order for the course to be listed in the PHS course timetable.
  • The pilot course may only be offered in its “pilot” form for two academic years, after which the faculty member must prepare and submit a full application for the course to receive a “proper” course number and name.