utmONE First-Year Transition Courses
What is utmONE?
In a utmONE course, you will develop foundational learning strategies, and sharpen your academic skills. These for-credit first-year transition courses have a maximum lecture size of 55 and tutorial size of 28, which means you'll benefit from a unique small class experience with opportunities to connect meaningfully to your classmates, professor and teaching assistant (TA).
Each utmONE course is taught by an outstanding professor and you will get the opportunity to engage and reflect on themes related to becoming a successful, well-rounded student in your lectures and tutorials.
Whichever utmONE course you choose, you will build a strong foundation for your university career. See below for a list of available utmONE courses.
New UTM students can enrol themselves in one of these engaging and unique courses through ACORN on their course enrolment date. More information about enrolling in a utmONE course can be found in the FAQs.
What are the benefits of participating in a utmONE course?
Supportive classroom. utmONE courses are smaller than most first-year classes, capped at 55 students per lecture and 28 students per tutorial. This means you'll have more personal contact with your instructor, TA and fellow students. You'll get to know your classmates and work together more than you might in a larger class.
Academic foundations. The skills you are taught in utmONE aren't only meant to support your success in utmONE courses, but to support you in your other courses throughout your entire degree. You'll build a strong foundation including critical reading and writing skills, using academic sources, note-taking, time-management and preparing for exams while also exploring the theme of the course collaboratively with your classmates.
Holistic student success. In class and in tutorial, you'll get to explore topics that will help you reflect on and develop strategies for your academic and personal success like building community, developing a growth mindset and becoming an engaged learner. You'll explore the ways you can get involved that will support your interests and learning goals, and you'll find out more about how to be proactive in seeking support and connecting to the resources that will help you succeed.
0.5 credits toward your distribution requirements. Each utmONE course is one-term in length and provides 0.5 credits toward your distribution requirements that you need to graduate. Depending on the course, you can earn distribution credits in either Science (SCI), Social Science (SSc) or Humanities (HUM).
UTM115: Communication Among Cultures (HUM, SSc)
This course is an introduction to intercultural 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. This course is suitable for English Language Learning and students interested in culture, linguistics and communication.
UTM118: The Science of Learning (SSc, SCI)
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. Students will explore theories of learning and research on the strategies students should employ to reach deep understanding.
Live and Learn with your UTM118 Classmates in Residence
Students interested in UTM118: The Science of Learning are also welcome to apply to the Foundations Living Learning Community (Foundations LLC). For more information about the Foundations LLC please visit Student Housing and Residence Life here.
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