MGT 815 Professional Development

Course Catalog Description


This zero-credit extra-curricular course provides a supervised self-learning environment designed to help students develop the technical and professional skills needed for success in their academic programs and in their future careers. There will be multiple sections of the course each designed to satisfy the needs of a specific group of students and offered at a specific time period, for example, in the winter intersession. Under the supervision of an instructor/mentor each student will develop a self-improvement plan to be executed over the duration of the course. The plan could include participating in a research project, competing in a competition or completing one or more learning modules from a commercial provider. Study/self-development plans involving teams of students will be encouraged. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to students who submit evidence that they have successfully executed their plans.

Campus Fall Spring Summer
On Campus X X
Web Campus X X


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Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Develop the technical and professional skills needed for success in their academic programs
  2. Prepare for success in the job market and in their future careers
  3. Build the confidence and skills necessary to manage their own life-long learning activities
  4. Cultivate informal and professional relationships with faculty, fellow students, alumni and industry professionals
  5. Acquire Certificate of Achievement and/or official LinkedIn Learning credentials

Course Resources


  • Course material and online learning assignments will vary with each offering of the course.

Lecture Outline

A typical educational experience for a Management, MSIS or FIN/FE/FA student could be:

Topic Readings Assignments
Critical Thinking Skills
Communication skills
Diversity and Inclusion
Storytelling/presentation skills
Conflict/Crisis Mgt.