Insight Series

According to leading business experts, the key to staying relevant in an increasingly automated world is to enhance your human skills like adaptability, resilience and problem-solving. The Dhillon School of business and its partners, MNP Lethbridge and the CPA Education Foundation are ready to help you future-proof your career.

The Insight Series micro-course seminars will challenge you to develop an understanding of and capacity for critical thinking, curiosity, creativity, communication and emotional intelligence in a professional context. Topics include:

Critical thinking in industry

Sept. 9 - Oct. 7, 2022

Leverage expertise in sectors such as agriculture, Indigenous nations, dealerships, and food and beverage processing. You'll explore deductive and inductive reasoning, fallacies of adequacy and relevance, and argument assessment techniques while studying organizational missteps and successes.

Curiosity and creativity

Jan. 7 - 28, 2022

The prevalence of change has made resilience an essential skill. One way to bolster resilience is through curiosity and creativity. These skills make for fewer decision-making errors, greater acceptance of change, reduced team conflict and better communication. While developing your curiosity and creativity, you'll develop a healthy attitude toward risk-taking, inquisitiveness and teamwork.

Disruption or distraction

Coming in 2023

 Knowing which distractions require our attention, and how to leverage them for organizational benefit, will be the key to survival for businesses of the future. By examining the successes and failures of technology deployments in real companies, participants identify and evaluate the risks and factors driving both positive and negative outcomes and then formulate plans to recognize and leverage those factors.

Attitudes, ethics and stewardship

Coming in 2023

Thanks to the abundance of information (reliable or not), the challenges facing most businesses have become volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Using recent business cases, you'll explore the major ethical schools of thought and their modern relevance, stewardship, how to evolve a governance mindset and popular frameworks for decision-making amidst ambiguity.

Problem identification and definition

Feb. 24 - March 17, 2023

Despite access to extensive volumes of information, organizations risk poor decision-making if that information is misapplied. To become effective at solving problems, we need to know how to identify and define a problem. In this course you'll apply common models of logic and analysis to identify root causes in business scenarios using quantitative and qualitative information.

Who can enroll?

Non-credit - open to all:

If you choose this option you will not be required to complete assessments for grades (i.e. exams or quizzes) though you will be expected to fully participate in the class activities and any discussion assignments. As there is no final grade assigned, you will not be awarded any course credit, but you will be provided a certificate of completion that may be used where applicable to meet up to 12 hours of professional development requirements.

For-credit - non uLethbridge students (Open Studies):

Open studies registration allows a community member to register for a course and, upon successful completion, be awarded 1-credit (per course) that could be applied to a future degree (or certificate). To take courses as an open studies student, you will be required to apply and be accepted to study at the University of Lethbridge.

For-credit - current uLethbridge students:

If you are a current student at the University, admitted to any program, you may register for any courses in this series through the Bridge.  Each course is worth one credit (1 credit hour). Taking three, one-credit courses will be equivalent to a regular three credit hour course, as long as all three are at the same level (1000, 2000, 3000, etc.). Contact your academic advisor to see how these courses can fit into your program.

 

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The Insight Series has been made possible by generous donations from CPA Education Foundation and MNP

Have questions about the Insight Series? Please email us at dsb.insight@uleth.ca