utmONE - First-Year Transition Courses

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We will have a table at the upcoming UTM March Open House on Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 11:00am - 3:30pm.  Drop by the utmONE First-Year Transition Courses table with your questions and for more information! AND attend our 1-hour information sessionutmONE: Foundations for Academic Success. at 1:30 pm in CCT 150 (Mist Theatre). 

What is utmONE?

The utmONE consists of for-credit first-year transition courses designed to help you transition to university and develop your academic skills.  

These mid-size classes include lectures, academic tutorials and ONE Tutorials.  ONE Tutorials are designed to enhance a well-rounded student experience and to help you integrate into university and campus life.

Incoming first-year students who want to build a strong foundation for their university career will benefit from enrolling in a utmONE course.  Students can enrol in these engaging and unique courses through ACORN on their course enrolment date.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, strategic reading, note-taking and essay writing.
  • Interact meaningfully with your instructor, TA and peers in a mid-size class setting (lectures capped at 55 and tutorial capped at 28)
  • Engage in interdisciplinary and intellectually engaging academic topics.
  • Participate in ONE Tutorial activities that focus on topics like becoming an engaged learner, building community, developing a positive growth mindset, finding your passion and planning for your future.
  • Earn 0.5 credits that count toward your distribution requirement.

2020 - 21 utmONE Courses

utmONE courses in 2020-21 are delivered by the NEW Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP) in partnership with the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC).

UTM115H5  Communication Among Cultures  (HUM, SSc, EXP) Fall Term

Instructor: Laura Taylor

Suitable for English Language Learners and students interested in culture, linguistics and communication.

Explore the fundamental skills related to language in an academic setting; writing and speaking.  The course will focus on topics such as customs, beliefs and values, and the nature of diversity in communication.

UTM118H5   Science of Learning (SCI, SSc, EXP) Offered in both Fall and Winter Term

Instructors: Tyler Evans-Tokaryk, Michael DeBraga, Michael Kaler, Andie Burazin

Suitable for all first-year students.

Take ownership of your education in this course focussed on the process of learning and cultivating successful learning habits.  Explore learning theory, critical thinking, university-level oral and written communication, critical reading and other foundational academic skills.




Rebecca Shaw, Student Success Coordinator
Room 3125, William G. Davis Building (Find us on a map here!)

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