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GRAD 6040/8040 Data Analysis and Presentation for Impact (2)
This course provides a practical and comprehensive approach to data analysis, so students may quickly gather, analyze and present data to non-experts.  Analysis includes hypothesis testing with basic statistics, predictions, sensitivity analysis and decision-making.  Excel will be used exclusively so that students can easily use and re-use these analytical tools without programming.  Pre-requisites: enrolled in a graduate program at UNC Charlotte, with some undergraduate exposure to math, statistics, finance or other quantitative coursework. 

GRAD 6022 Essentials for Success and Work Life Through Leadership (2)
Students participating in this course will gain an insight into the major concepts facing leaders and individuals in today’s workplace regardless of the discipline of study they are pursuing.  Whether they pursue a leadership path or a role as an individual contributor; by understanding these essential concepts they will improve their contribution to their organizations and enhance their work life. Open to master's and/or graduate certificate students. For more information, please email

GRAD 6030 Workplace Communications (2). This course is designed to help students develop the necessary writing and speaking skills in order to be successful in the workplace. Among the topics that will be addressed include: how to write more clearly, how to summarize and how to present information in a business setting. 

GRAD 6020/8020 Career Lab - Developing Core Career Competencies (2). Students taking this course gain practice and knowledge around non-cognitive skills such as grit, leadership, lateral thinking, innovation, professional branding, effective communication, and organizational evaluation as it relates to their professional career.  Developing and practicing these core career competencies contribute to the student’s overall career brand, confidence level around their career path, and their connection to their targeted industries of choice. Students participate in weekly sessions on identified topics, contribute to discussions and complete reflections and assignments that correlate to each unit.  Each unit, including related discussions and assignments, is designed to build upon the last in order to help students create a strategic career action plan and provide valuable skills for long-term success. Taught by Dr. Patrick Madsen, Director of the University Career Center

GRAD 6010/8010 - Graduate Level Writing for International Students (3) Cross-listed as GRAD 6010. Designed to benefit English as a second language (ESL) graduate students. Serves as an introduction to concepts central to graduate-level writing in the United States, such as academic integrity, audience awareness, discipline-specific variation in writing norms and culture, and rhetorical purpose. Doctoral students can take this course only for pass/fail credit; Master's students will receive a letter grade unless they specifically petition for pass/fail credit at the beginning of the semester. Taught by Dr. Lisa Russell-Pinson, Faculty for Graduate Writing, Center for Graduate Life.

Dr. Lisa Russell-PinsonDr. Lisa Russell-Pinson has taught in the Department of English, ELTI and the College of Education at UNC Charlotte where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship. Her primary research interests include English for specific purposes, academic writing, medical discourse and corpus linguistics. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University.

GRAD 6002/8002 - Responsible Conduct of Research (2)  Cross-listed as GRAD 6002. An introduction to several aspects of a successful professional career emphasizing research.  Designed to benefit graduate students across the University.  Focuses on practical skills and critical thinking about the responsible conduct of research, highlighting the nine areas of instruction required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).  Features several different speakers with expertise in various areas of professionalism and research ethics. (Fall, Spring) Taught by Dr. Jo Ann Lee, Faculty for Graduate Research, Center for Graduate Life.

Dr. Jo Ann LeeDr. Jo Ann Lee is Professor Emerita of Psychology and received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. In addition to teaching this course, Dr. Lee also facilitiates a variety of graduate student professional development workshops focusing on ethical behavior expected of scientists.

GRAD 6001/8001 - Teaching at the College or University Level (3) Cross-listed as GRAD 6001. This course is designed for graduate students who teach or intend to teach in the future.  Topics include developing a teaching philosophy, constructing a syllabus, using student demographics and learning styles in course design, managing controversial topics, incorporating active learning and critical thinking, constructing rubrics for use in testing and grading, and applying theories of learning and motivation to the classroom.  From this foundation, students will teach during class meetings to gain experience and benefit from peer review.  (Fall, Spring) Taught by Dr. Judith Krauss, Faculty for Graduate Teaching, Center for Graduate Life.

Dr. Judith KraussDr. Judith Krauss has worked extensively with at-risk undergraduates, non-traditional learners, and students from diverse backgrounds. Her research interests include the use of active learning to promote critical thinking. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The George Washington University.

*GRAD 6011/8011 Teaching at American Colleges and Universities: Perspectives for International Students (3). International graduate students who are considering a career in college teaching in America often have different undergraduate backgrounds and different ideas about college teaching than do American graduate students.  Also, they may have verbal and written language challenges which need to be addressed to optimize their learning about how to teach in American colleges.

In response to this, the Center for Graduate Life has developed the course GRAD 6011/8011 Teaching at American Colleges or Universities: Perspectives for International Students. This course will offer the same curriculum as GRAD 6001/8001 but it is designed to use the unique perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and prior educational experiences of International students in learning about the American college environment and students. To register for this course, International students must be enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program and have completed two graduate semesters in the United States.

GRAD 8990 - Academic Integrity (no-credit) Online training addressing issues of academic integrity and the University's policy and procedures related to violations. Required of all new doctoral students.  View the course presentation.

GRAD 6100 Quantitative Methods I:  Basic Statistics and Probability (3) This course will cover basic statistics and probability theory.  It will prepare students to take a more advanced course on linear regression.  Students are expected to learn SAS, STATA, and R during the semester by participating in modules offered by Project Mosaic.  By the end of the semester, students should know the steps that need to be taken to clean data prior to advanced analysis, strategies for combining data, graphing and measures of central tendency and dispersion.  They will also understand sampling theory, inferential statistics, and sampling distributions. (Fall)

GRAD 8103 Advanced Quantitative Methods:  Time Series Analysis and Classificatory Models (3) - The purpose of this course is to introduce students to three methods for analyzing quantitative data that are used frequently in public policy research. These are two classificatory methods, factor analysis and cluster analysis, and an extensive overview of time series analysis.  Students are required to be familiar with the principles of statistical analysis and, in particular, with regression analysis to be enrolled in this course.

GRAD 8240 - Research Ethics in the Biological and Behavioral Sciences (3) Cross-listed as PHIL 8240. This course is designed to identify the fundamental elements that characterize not only methodologically grounded but also morally appropriate scientific research.  Class discussion and readings will focus on key issues in biomedical and behavioral research including informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, risk-benefit assessments, mechanisms for protecting animal and human research subjects, international research, vulnerable populations, conflicts of interest and data management, publication ethics, intellectual property issues and the politics of research. (Fall)

GRAD 8151 - Professional Communications (1)  Cross-listed as GRAD 6151 and BINF 6151, BINF 8151. Principles and useful techniques for effective oral presentations, poster presentations, scientific writing, use of references and avoiding plagiarism.  Students in the course critique and help revise each other’s presentations and learn how to avoid common pitfalls. In addition, students learn how to properly organize and run a meeting.  Students prepare a CV, job application letter, and job talk. (Fall)