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All PhD in Information Studies students are required to take the following courses. For up-to-date scheduling information, view the timetables or consult the Minerva Dynamic Schedule. Note: All School of Information Studies courses begin with "GLIS."

  • GLIS 701 Comprehensive Examination (0 credits). The PhD Comprehensive Examination is normally taken during the second year. The written component requires a student to answer questions set by the Doctoral Advisory Committee. Normally, questions will address the subject area of the proposed research topic and appropriate methodological issues.  (new course description pending approval) The PhD Comprehensive Examination is normally taken during the second year. The written component requires a student to answer two questions set by the Doctoral Advisory Committee. One question normally will address methodological issues and the other question will be related to the subject area of the proposed dissertation. See also: PhD Comprehensive Examination information & procedures
  • GLIS 702 Seminar in Information Studies (3 credits). Examination of students’ own specific areas of doctoral research with the broader field of information studies and comparisons of those areas with other traditions of inquiry. Theoretical models and research methodologies as applied in information studies.
    Reference syllabus: GLIS 702 Fall 2014 [.pdf] Instructor: Beheshti
  • GLIS 703 Research Paradigms in IS (3 credits). Philosophical foundations of research in information studies, including traditions, approaches, methods, and models of inquiry to provide the capacity to critically assess the value of qualitative and quantitative research methods in relation to specific research problems identified in the discipline.
  • GLIS 704 Research Design in IS (3 credits). Research project design and its application to the specific dissertation proposal through the exploration of ways to operationalize key concepts in information studies and to identify critical steps in data collection and analysis.
    Reference syllabus: GLIS 704 Winter 2015 Instructor: Bouthillier
  • GLIS 705 Readings in IS (3 credits). Exploration of the literature specifically relevant to the proposed area of research. In addition to GLIS 705, students may also be required to take additional courses to prepare them for their research.

McGill graduate courses outside of the School of Information Studies which are of possible interest to PhD students include:

  • REDM 610 Writing Science Articles 1 (3 credits). Offered by: Redpath Museum, Faculty of Science. Administered by: Graduate Studies
    Overview: Principles and techniques for clear scientific writing with an emphasis on how to transform complex ideas into direct and precise ones by explaining research to peers and writing for interdisciplinary audiences.
  • REDM 710 Writing Science Articles 2 (3 credits). Offered by: Redpath Museum, Faculty of Science. Administered by: Graduate Studies
    Overview: Skills for writing and publishing scientific articles, including peer-reviewed manuscripts and short, critical reviews of published articles. Topics include techniques for developing logical arguments and writing publishable manuscripts.
  • EDPH 689 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3 credits). Offered by: Educational & Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education. Administered by: Graduate Studies
    Overview: Students will develop an understanding of teaching and learning as a process in which instruction is based on the learning to be accomplished. Students will design, develop, and evaluate a university course of their choice, and will develop facility and confidence in using teaching methods appropriate to their domains.

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