Graduate Preparation Courses (GP)
Offering Graduate Preparation Program is subject to enrollment. The Graduate Preparation Courses have been specially designed by Toronto International College (TIC) for international students who have completed their baccalaureate degree, or equivalent qualification, and who wish to pursue a Masters degree program at a university in an English-speaking country. This modular course program gives you the rigorous, intensive preparation in core research and skills for successful study at the postgraduate level. It provides you with opportunities to prepare yourself for an admission test and to meet the entry requirements for your intended master degree program. It will also introduce you to the academic learning environment of a university, and will allow you to gain experience studying and working with other international students at the postgraduate level.
Most students who complete the Graduate Preparation Courses at TIC go on to enroll on a Master's program at an English-speaking university.
The GP Program is composed of eight modular courses over two 14-week semesters. Each course consists of 40 hours of in-class teaching, together with 20 hours of supervised individual study over one 14-week semester. In total, approximately 20 hours of classroom teaching and learning is required each week.
Assessment of each course is by means of a range of coursework (accounting for 70% of the final grade, and including essays and papers, in-class writing tasks, project work and presentations, listening and summary assignments, and the compilation of reflective portfolios), and a final examination (accounting for 30% of the final score).
ENG4020 English Essay Writing (Semester 1) The course is designed to enable you to write reports and persuasive essays, to summarise and evaluate secondary sources, and to apply their reading to a specific issue or question in an essay. You will learn to employ correct citation techniques, and the methods for producing a coherent argument in a judgment essay. The module is also designed to enable you to widen your library research skills, and to develop the microskills necessary for writing at this level, including pre-writing, planning, brainstorming, editing, text organisation, and rewriting.
ENG4030 Seminar and Presentation Skills (Semester 1) This module aims to promote your proficiency in listening and speaking skills in English to a level that will prepare you for postgraduate study. The listening skills work will focus on understanding and taking notes on recorded lectures, and on reconstructing a clear summary of main ideas. You will understand the conceptual framework and rhetorical organisation that underpin lectures. Peer-presented papers will introduce you to the concept of critical feedback and group collaboration. Speaking skills will be developed through individual practice in giving individual and group presentations, focusing on awareness of a range of presentation techniques. In addition, group debate and seminar paper practice will focus on how to construct a clear argument and techniques for rational persuasion. Included in this modular course shall be the advanced seminar and presentation skills which are designed to take your listening and speaking ability to a more advanced level in preparation for postgraduate study.
- prepare for the IELTS exam;
- practice the type of questions you will face in the examination;
- understand the kind of answers the examiner expects from you;
- teach you the techniques to help improve your score;
- familiarise yourself with the test format and time restrictions;
- provide you with simulated test practice to prepare you for the test psychologically.
GPC5010 Introduction to Econometrics
GPC5020 Statistics for Research
GPC5050 Scientific Research and Critical Thinking
GPC5060 Business Communication English
GPC5070 Technical Communication English
GPC5080 Research Methodology