Non-Credit Graduate Studies Courses

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Non-Credit Graduate Studies Courses

“Our partnership with CPI is allowing the Faculty to create courses that combine academic study and practical training in areas of teaching and learning as a way to augment the discipline-specific program experiences at Brock. We want to offer graduate students from across all 46 graduate programs as many opportunities as possible to develop essential competencies and professional skills that are in demand by employers.”
— Dr. Michael Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation are pleased to offer the following non-credit grad level courses. Students from all Faculties are welcome to apply.

The completion of a GRST course appears on the Brock academic transcript.

Information on Courses:
Please contact Jill Grose at x4392 or email:

Information on Registration:
Please complete the Course Registration/Withdrawl form found here, obtain approval from your program and submit the completed and signed form to Lorraine Sciamonte in the Faculty of Graduate Studies who will manually register you.

The Theory and Practice of University Teaching (GRST 5N01)
Instructors: Jill Grose and Lianne Fisher, CPI
Commences: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2 to 4:30 p.m., TH253 e-classroom (classes continue every second week; when there is a university closure the class will resume the following week)

The non-credit course explores the theories and practices of teaching in the post-secondary environment. Students will engage in experiential approaches to course planning, instructional methods, evaluation and assessment, and reflective practice.

Students will:

  • identify and connect major theoretical perspectives in instructional design, student learning, assessment, and reflective practice
  • practice instructional and presentation skills in micro teaching sessions
  • identify and develop formative and summative assessment strategies
  • practice skills in giving and receiving feedback
  • write a statement of teaching philosophy
  • create a teaching dossier representing significant teaching experiences and growth

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The Theory and Practice of Service-Learning (GRST 5N02)
Instructor: Prof. Madelyn Law
Commences: Monday, Sept. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; as of Monday, Jan. 11 classes will be held 9:30 to 11 a.m., TH253 e-classroom (classes continue every second week)

The non-credit course provides students with the opportunity to learn about best practices in academic and community collaborations and partnerships while gaining valuable real world experience. Students will meet bi-weekly throughout the year to discuss core principles in service learning and will engage in a community-based project in their field of interest. This course will allow students to understand how their skills and knowledge are transferable to work environments while also allowing for a positive contribution to a community organization.

Students will:

  • identify the theoretical perspectives that position community-based experiences within the service learning literature
  • share approaches, strategies and best practices with a cohort of graduate students from multiple disciplines and perspectives
  • participate in active service learning projects within the community
  • describe, verbally and in writing, the transferrable skills/competencies acquired through the service learning involvement such as teamwork, problem solving, communication and leadership

For more information about the course and to learn more about the application process please contact Dr. Madelyn Law, Service Learning Faculty Associate,, 905 688 5550, x 5386

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Instructors and students from the 2014-15 teaching course
Register today for the 2015-16 courses

Students from all Faculties are welcome to apply to the graduate level non-credit courses. The completion of a GRST course appears on the Brock academic transcript. For information on how to register for the courses, students should contact Lorraine Sciamonte at x3239.