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Registration for utmONE is open. Register through ACORN.

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utmONE provides students with what is essentially a transition course to help first year students adapt to university. The jump in difficulty is quite large from high school to university, so a course like this one helps us with learning how universities work and the support networks available


(A '17 utmONE student)

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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. All utmONE courses are focused on developing academic skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, strategic reading, note-taking, and essay writing. These courses offer a mid-size class setting, personalized communication with faculty, and a number of interactive learning activities. Each utmONE course is interdisciplinary in nature and theme-based, offering an intellectually engaging academic topic.

utmONE courses have lecture sections and academic tutorials. Additionally, they incorporate a series of ONE Tutorials designed to enhance a well-rounded student experience and to help you integrate into university and campus life. Six ONE tutorials cover themes such as the purpose of higher education, nature of academic disciplines, academic integrity, and critical thinking.

What are the benefits?

Interact with your professor in a mid-size class setting (lectures capped at 55 and tutorials capped at 28) 

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.

2019 - 20 utmONE Courses

All of the utmONE courses are offered in the Fall session 2019. In addition, UTM118H5 will be offered in the Winter session 2020. 

UTM115H5  Communication Among Cultures  (HUM, SSc, EXP)

Note: This course is specifically designed for English language learners as well as students with interests in culture, linguistics, and communication  

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: Norman Farb

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. 

Three sections of UTM118H5 will be offered: Fall 2019 (Instructors: Tyler Evans-TokarykAndrijana Burazin and Michael deBraga) and Spring 2020 (Instructor: Michael Kaler). (Video is of Tyler Evans-Tokaryk.)

ONE Tutorial Information

As part of each utmONE course you will participate in a series of ONE tutorials that will introduce you to essential elements of a holistic student experience (such as the purpose of higher education, academic integrity, and critical thinking). The goal of the tutorials is to help you become a well-rounded student. Engaging and interactive sessions, ONE tutorials will help you develop strategies to become engaged and successfull learners and members of UTM community.   

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.


For all questions and feedback regarding utmONE, please contact:

Rebecca Shaw
Student Success Coordinator, Academic Initiatives

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