Spring 2020 Core Course Offerings

GRAD 712 Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits)

Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others positively.  This online course examines your current leadership style and addresses the relationship of that style to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader. 

GRAD 713 Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits)

This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.

GRAD 714 Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits)

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 8-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 726 Business Fundamentals Selected Topics (1 credit)

This seminar series will introduce students to many of the topics essential to the workplace including the structure and culture of a variety of organizations, interpersonal skills in the workplace, and more. Broadly, the series will reinforce concepts taught in the GRAD business fundamentals/professional skills classes by placing them in the context of career paths that are of interest to students.


Other Standard Core Courses

GRAD 710 Professional Communication: Writing (1.5 credits)

This writing-intensive, seminar-style course teaches you to craft effective email messages, short reports, and executive summaries in professional settings. Key topics include content selection, organization, accessibility, plain language, clarity and conciseness, tone, and visual displays of information. 

GRAD 711 Professional Communication: Presenting (1.5 credits)

This speaking-intensive, seminar-style course focuses on presenting complex topics using plain language in professional settings. Key topics include selecting and organizing content, developing audience-centered visual aids, incorporating storytelling, projecting a professional image, and managing Q & A. This course requires a strong command of English.


Student Testimonials

More than 200 PhD and Master’s students have completed these courses since Spring 2015. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

GRAD710 Professional Communication: Writing

  • “This course has significantly improved my professional writing skills. We learned strategies and tips to write effective memos, reports, executive summaries, and emails. I would recommend this course to every student on campus.”
  • “I absolutely loved this course. My writing as well as my knowledge of business writing has improved tremendously. I find myself critiquing emails and documents that I receive from work or other sources. I was very pleased with this course and highly recommend it.”

GRAD711 Professional Communication: Presenting

  • “The course was an amazing course–and it’s really something that is so needed for those in any field.”
  • “Everything I learned will help me immensely for the rest of grad school and afterward.”

GRAD712 Leadership for the Workplace

  • “This was an excellent course! I felt that it was very worthwhile, and appreciated our very skilled and effective facilitator. It exceeded my expectations, and I would certainly recommend it.”
  • “This was a fantastic course in which I was able to learn a lot about my personal leadership style, as well as about the general characteristics that enable great leadership. I would highly recommend this course to others.”

GRAD713 Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques

  • “I highly recommend this course to anyone who is considering learning more about project management.”
  • “Great course, I’ve already highly recommended it to classmates.”

GRAD714 Introduction to Financial Accounting

  • “This was a fantastic course taught by a fantastic teacher. I hope classes like this are offered more often for UNC graduates!”
  • “I was nervous about this class, having no business or accounting background, but it was great. [It was] an engaged and interesting atmosphere for learning.”