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My utmONE course improved my note-taking skills, my writing skills and taught me how to get involved in the UTM community.

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What is utmONE?

utmONE courses are designed to support your transition to university and provide you with a solid foundation for further success. utmONE courses are focused on developing academic skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, strategic reading, note-taking, and essay writing. These classes offer a mid-size class setting, personalized faculty interactions, and a number of interactive learning activities. Each utmONE course is interdisciplinary in nature and theme-based, offering an intellectually engaging academic topic. Each utmONE course has lecture sections and tutorials. Additionally, utmONE courses incorporate a series of ONE Tutorials led by University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) student support staff are designed to promote a well-rounded student experience.

What are the benefits?

Interact with your professor in a mid-size class setting (lectures capped at 60 and tutorials capped at 30) 

Receive personalized regular feedback from instructors and TAs 

Develop transferable academic skills that will assist you in all of your future classes

Participate in interactive and engaging classes and tutorials

Learn about university expectations and practices

Reflect on the value and meaning of higher education and start planning your future at UTM

Earn 0.5 credit that counts towards your distribution requirement.

2017-18 utmONE Courses

All of the utmONE courses are offered in the Fall session.

UTM114H5   Technology and Innovation: Historical, Social and                                         Economic Perspectives  (SSc, EXP)

This course will explore the enormous opportunities and the complex challenges presented by technological development. Topics discussed will include the history of technological changes over the last decades, their effects on the social and economic environment, including new opportunities in different industries (from publishing, to education, to information technology and pharmaceuticals), the impact on income distribution, the ethical challenges related to scientific progress and its application, and the effect on the participation of women and minorities in the workforce (especially in high-tech industries). In this course, students will interact with local technology companies as well as policymakers. 

Instructor: Nicola Lacetera

UTM115H5  Communication Among Cultures  (HUM, SSc, EXP)

Note: This course is specifically designed for English language learners

This course is an introduction to inter-cultural communication primarily in the areas of writing and speaking. It is designed to address fundamental skills related to language use in the academic setting by focusing on topics such as customs, attitudes, beliefs, and values. Specific examples will be drawn from real-life university situations, and multiple viewpoints on the nature of diversity in communication will be discussed. 

Instructor: Laura Taylor

UTM116H5   Happiness  (HUM, SSc, EXP)

This course investigates the concept of happiness from its earliest articulations in the ancient world to today. Drawing on a wide array of sources in disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, we will investigate happiness across time and place. Throughout the semester students will reflect on the concept as it relates to their own lives as well as how it shapes society as a whole. 

Instructor: Christopher Petrakos 

UTM117H5   Individualism, The Development Of An Idea  (HUM, SSc, EXP)

Through an interdisciplinary lens, this course investigates the concept of individualism from its beginnings in antiquity through today. Students will explore the relationships as well as the tensions between the individual and society. 

Instructor: Christopher Petrakos 

UTM118H5   Science of Learning  (SCI, SSc, EXP)

This interdisciplinary course encourages students to take ownership of their education through a focus on the process of learning how to learn and by cultivating the habits of mind for lifelong achievement and success. Student will explore theories of learning and research on the strategies students should employ to reach deep understanding. Science of Learning is designed to help students develop their critical thinking, university-level oral and written communication, critical reading, and other foundational academic skills. 

Instructor: Tyler Tokaryk 

ONE Tutorial Information

As part of each utmONE course you will participate in a series of tutorials that will introduce you to essential elements of a holistic student experience (such as career exploration, health and wellness, and co-curricular engagement). The goal of the tutorials is to help you become a well-rounded student. The weekly tutorials will cover topics discussed in class, as well as information about campus resources. Tutorials will be dedicated to helping you learn about and develop strategies to become engaged, both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Selected tutorial topics may include:

  • Exploring what it means to feel good and function well as a university student (Health and Counselling Centre)
  • Learning about the value of co-curricular engagement to your academic and social success (Student Life)
  • Becoming familiar with strategies and resources that will help you set career and vocational goals  (Career Centre)
  • Maximizing the experiences and opportunities that a university education can provide (Student Life)
  • Understanding why academic integrity is important and what resources are available to help (Academic Integrity)
  • Exploring ways you can be an ally to build a more inclusive campus (Equity and Diversity)

Meet our utmONE Course tutorial leaders here.

How do I enrol?

All first-year students not participating in utmONE Scholars are eligible to enrol in a utmONE course. Students can enrol in courses beginning early July through ACORN. Enrolment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions are Welcomed!

Office of Student Transition
William G. Davis Building 2091
Phone: 905-569-4567