The DeGroote School of Business puts an unfathomable amount of effort into promoting experiential education, most notably in the classes students take. Taking the magnitude of experiential learning to a whole new level is the course Commerce 4SY3: Independent Study Project in Business. I assume you’ve never heard of this course – or have any idea what it entails. I say that because I was in this exact position. Why should anyone take this course? – Bilal Khan
Research from the ground up
Bilal Khan started looking into elective courses when he wanted to learn more about a sub-topic of information systems: management information systems interoperability. He was interested in this topic because it is problem-driven with almost “too many” solutions. Khan enjoyed working on research projects in his other classes. He looked at courses that incorporated this topic, but there wasn’t a single course that entirely fulfilled his subject interest. When he started looking into the idea of an independent study, he had no idea what he was getting into.
Khan decided to apply to the course, working with Dr. Maryam Ghasemaghaei as his supervisor. What followed was probably one of the best experiences he has had at DeGroote. Khan worked with Dr. Ghasemaghaei to set up a literature review study to investigate advances in his topic of interest. He wrote a research paper from the ground up. Specifically, Khan learned about various research paper components, research methods, and how to perfect his citations.
Taking this course allows you to work with faculty at Canada’s most research-intensive University and make real-world research contributions as an undergraduate student.
Independent study leads to real-world understanding
Taking an independent study credit is valuable for students because having research experience shows employers that they have a range of transferable job skills. The skills Khan developed working on his project included written communication, data analysis, organization, and adaptability. Furthermore, learning more about a business function a student is interested in can also help guide their career interests. It can even give students a head start on a real-world understanding when studying their topic of choice.
Although every student’s experience will be unique, the end results will share one element: Impact.
Suppose a student is looking for a course that builds on their real-world experience and improves their research skills. Although every student’s experience will be unique, the end results will share one element: impact. Khan would recommend this course to any student looking to investigate a management topic of their interest in depth.
By conducting research on a specific topic of interest, students can explore their career directions, enhance their resumes, and contribute to the world.
Explore career directions
Dr. Maryam Ghasemaghaei believes that there are numerous benefits for students to take an independent study course. It allows students to gain real-life experience by going through different steps of conducting research. This course enables students to develop their communication skills, learn to work independently, and increases self-confidence. They emerge as leaders in various professions after graduation. Students also learn problem-solving skills and critical thinking that translate to areas beyond the classroom. By conducting research on a specific topic of interest, students can explore their career directions, enhance their resumes, and transform the world.