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This is a credit/no credit course that has no credit weight. It covers research
and life skills that can help graduate students improve their academic and interpersonal
competence. It is strongly recommended that all incoming graduate students take
it as soon as possible.
Normally, once per year usually in the Fall.
The differences between the MMath and Ph.D. The differences between thesis and research paper. Core paradigms of computer science. Styles of research. Finding a research topic. Finding the right supervisor.
On-line literature searching and document retrieval.
Critical and Creative Thinking
Outline of problem solving. Creative thinking: theory and practice. Creative-thinking techniques.
Scheduling, organization and procrastination. Keeping a schedule. Developing a schedule: tools of time management: rules of time management; setting, assessing and achieving goals.
What stress is and how it affects us. Review of techniques for managing stress: progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, visualization, meditation, thought-stopping and positive self-statements.
Voice production: breathing for speech, tone initiation. Before you speak. Platform manner. Performance anxiety. Structure and delivery of various types of speeches: an introduction, an acknolwedgement, an informative speech. Handling questions from the audience. Audio-visual materials.
Writing and Publishing in Computer Science
The kinds of writing computer scientists do. How scientific publishing works. How refereeing works. Structure of a canonical Master's thesis. Writing an abstract. Common problems of technical writing.
Academia versus Industry
At the discretion of the coordinator.