Principles of Supervision

  • 15 hour course, no prerequisites

Foun­da­tion­al prin­ci­ples help make super­vi­sors into suc­cess­ful lead­ers. In this inter­ac­tive work­shop par­tic­i­pants will devel­op the abil­i­ties to suc­cess­ful­ly man­age them­selves and oth­ers. The course will focus on exam­in­ing the roles of the super­vi­sor, strate­gies for moti­vat­ing and man­ag­ing peo­ple, and top­ics of nav­i­gat­ing change, prob­lem-solv­ing and deci­sion-mak­ing, as well as engag­ing in mean­ing­ful per­for­mance con­ver­sa­tions. This is the rec­om­mend­ed first course in the program.

Course at a glance
  • In-class, face-to-face delivery.
  • Hands-on course based on active student participation; class dynamics include group work, classroom discussions, and short lectures.
  • Aimed at professionals in supervisory roles who wish to upgrade their skills and aspiring leaders ready to invest in their career prospects.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify tools and techniques to transition into supervisory roles.
  • Assess your effectiveness in managing yourself.
  • Examine ways to build a culture of motivated people.
  • Identify a process to make performance conversations meaningful.
  • Identify your own problem-solving style.
  • Describe decision-making approaches and pros and cons to each.
  • Define strategies to successfully navigate through change.
Take note:

  • All course resources and learning materials are provided in-class.
  • This is an attendance-basis, non-graded course.
  • Learning activities are completed exclusively in class (no pre- or post-course work required).
  • For students taking this course as part of the supervisory development citation: this is suggested as the first course in the program.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

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