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9 courses you can take at TMU next semester

By: Nick Lum
December 13, 2022

The transition from secondary school to university was definitely an interesting period. I found it so cool that students could choose from various intriguing courses with different class times, professors and buildings. Did I want to have my Intro to Programming class in the Cineplex Movie Theatre or the Engineering Computer lab? I never really had that opportunity back in secondary school.

When deciding between universities, I knew I wanted to choose a program that allowed me to gain real-world experience and be prepared to dive into my post-grad career. I knew I couldn’t stay in the classroom for all four years of my undergrad education. Luckily, TMU offers experiential learning. It’s like the best of both worlds to suit my needs.

As a Nursing student, my week each semester is so dynamic. I get to learn theory in class and apply what I’ve learnt in my clinical placements at the hospital or in the community while working with patients.

Is open enrollment or course intentions around the corner? 

Curious about what kind of classes are offered at TMU?  

Wondering which elective to choose from that long list of courses? 

Luckily, I’ve narrowed it down and compiled a list of 9 cool/unusual undergraduate courses you can take at Toronto Met*. Some of which my friends and I have taken! 

  1. PCS181: Introduction to Astronomy
    Want to learn about random facts to impress your date or friends? This course will cover topics about the stars, galaxies and whatever exists in our universe.

  2. GCM130: Design and Layout 
    Interested in learning how to use Adobe Illustrator? Designs made by students are posted on the Instagram course page (external link)  to showcase all the creativity. 

  3. RTA950: Selected Topics in Media
    Have you heard about the course about Drake and the Weeknd? Well, this is the one! But topics change every semester, so who knows what’s next?

    RTA 950: Selected Topics in MediaImage source: CityNews (external link) 

  4. NSE221: Clinical Practice III 
    Although this is a mandatory course, personally, it was one of the most exciting courses I’ve taken in the Nursing program. I learned about IVs, blood transfusions, chest tubes and more through lectures, labs and simulations with realistic mannequins. As part of the course, I got the opportunity to live my Grey’s Anatomy fantasy through one of my clinical placements (less romance and drama, more learning). I was always busy running around like an intern, practicing my skills and interacting with patients!

    Sunrise at the hospitalArriving at the Hospital for the 7 AM Shift Change

    Nick's arm extended by a medical mannequin arm, both have IV drips inserted Practicing IV Dressing Changes in the Lab
  5. GEO793: The Geography of Toronto 
    This fun course will teach you more about the city you live in and its history. 

  6. RTA937: Business of Music II
    Want to get hands-on experience planning a concert for a local Toronto artist? 
    “I found this course so interesting because I got to do a photoshoot, interview and plan a concert on campus for a local Toronto artist.”- Giuli S., 3rd Year Creative Industries Student.

  7. JRN851: Newsroom Masthead 
    This is 100% a practical course. Students get to work for a student-run publication called On the Record (external link) . Roles are either as a part-time or full-time student and include reporter, copy editor and section editor. The course and work are constantly updated to meet industry standards, so you’ll be well-prepared to work after graduation.
    “I loved this course since it helped me decide if daily journalism was right for me. Also, the professors treat the students as co-workers.”- Jennifer N., 4th Year Journalism Student.

  8. CHY183: Intro to Forensic Science
    This course involves watching Forensic File videos about real-life crime investigations. If you’re interested in learning how forensic crime cases are solved, this is the course for you! Also, you don’t need background knowledge in chemistry to take this course.

  9. ZON100: Zone Learning Project I 
    Do you have a passion project that you want to start or grow for credit? Students enrolled in this course will receive guidance from industry professionals!
    Some amazing startups from the Zone Learning network include Mejuri and Inkbox.

*Ensure you check your program’s course requirements and exclusions before enrolling.

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