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There are a number of courses offered by the Department of Knowledge Integration in the Faculty of Environment that focus on the methods and models most useful for interdisciplinary study, research, and practice. These courses are of general interest and are open to all students at the University. Knowledge Integration courses encourage and develop creative, critical and integrative thinking skills, as well as self-awareness, initiative, and collaboration. Students will be expected to demonstrate these skills in their coursework, making connections to the real world beyond the KI classroom.

The Department of Knowledge Integration welcomes students from across campus to INTEG courses but reserves the right to offer priority of access to those individuals whose Academic Plans require those courses.

INTEG 00s


INTEG 10 SEM 0.00Course ID: 012691
Knowledge Integration Seminar
General seminar on inter-disciplinary topics and integrative practices of special interest to INTEG students, faculty, and alumni. INTEG students must register every term.

INTEG 100s


INTEG 120 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012690
Introduction to the Academy: Disciplines and Integrative Practices
This course introduces students to Knowledge Integration, and to university more generally. It focuses on analytical skills that are useful in all types of knowledge work, including strategies for "divergent" thinking and "convergent" analysis (or "discovery" and "justification"). Other topics include the role of rituals, habits, and communities in creative work, and how group memberships shape cognitive processes. This course emphasizes collaborative learning, and requires both group work and individual writing.

INTEG 121 LEC,STU 0.50Course ID: 012692
Introduction to the Academy: Design and Problem-Solving
A project course in design and problem-solving across various disciplines. Topics include problem-solving methods and issues in design, including ethics, sustainability, and communication in small groups. Applied design projects require group work and draw on the skills of creative and critical thinking.
[Note: Estimated additional cost to student: $30.]

INTEG 200s


INTEG 210 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015437
Making Collaboration Work
Collaboration and teamwork are essential for solving complex, real-world problems and are therefore in high demand by employers. Yet students rarely have the opportunity to study and apply the theory and best practices for making collaboration work. In this course, you will learn how to leverage this research to acquire a variety of important skills. These include: effective communication in groups, proactively managing group conflict, identifying biases that hinder creativity, and leveraging diversity to improve outcomes. You will also put those skills into practice throughout the course and reflect on how you can apply them in other situations.
Prereq: Level at least 2A; Not open to Knowledge Integration students

INTEG 220 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012693
Nature of Scientific Knowledge
This course examines how knowledge is produced in scientific disciplines, including the nature of inquiry, as well as types of evidence and expertise across different fields. The course features significant input from scientific practitioners in the form of guest lectures.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

INTEG 221 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012694
The Social Nature of Knowledge
This course examines social aspects of knowledge, including ways that characteristics of individual knowers and their communities affect the acquisition, interpretation, production, and transfer of knowledge. In addition, we analyze the consequences this has for the objectivity of knowledge. The course features significant input from researchers in the humanities and social sciences in the form of guest lectures.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

INTEG 230 FLD,SEM 0.25Course ID: 012695
The Museum Course: Preparation and Field Trip
Introduction to the issues and intent of the Museum Course. Planning and research for the destination. Field trip to study museums, exhibits, audiences, and curatorial practices on-site in a major museum city. For additional information on itinerary and travel costs, contact the Department.
[Note: Field trip fee normally $2,500+HST; will not exceed $3,000+HST. Fee is based on destination.]
Prereq: Knowledge Integration Honours students only or Department Consent.

INTEG 231 PRJ,SEM 0.25Course ID: 012696
The Museum Course: Field Trip Project
Seminar and projects based on field trip study of museums, exhibits, audiences, and curatorial practices.
Prereq: INTEG 230

INTEG 251 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014109
Creative Thinking
An introductory, integrative course in the history, psychology, value and practice of creativity across a variety of domains, from scientific research to the fine and performing arts. Students will learn to identify and explain key ideas and historical figures in the study and practice of creative thinking. They'll also learn to reliably generate novel ideas of value, both solo and collaboratively.
Antireq: INTEG 275 Section 1 Taken Winter 2010, 2011, Spring 2011, 2012, Winter 2012

INTEG 275 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013043
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the second-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

INTEG 300s


INTEG 320 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012697
The Museum Course: Research and Design
An introduction to the museum, broadly interpreted as the public face of scholarship. Students work in small groups to research an inter-disciplinary topic of personal interest, in-depth, and design a museum exhibit suitable for a particular audience.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

INTEG 321 LEC,STU 0.50Course ID: 012698
The Museum Course: Practicum and Presentation
An introduction to the museum, broadly interpreted as the public face of scholarship. Students construct and exhibit their designs from INTEG 320, and present public talks on the scholarship and curatorial decisions behind their work.
[Note: Estimated additional cost to student: $100.]
Prereq: INTEG 320

INTEG 340 LAB,LEC,PRJ 0.50Course ID: 015438
Research Methods and Design
This course provides an introduction to research design and to empirical research methods. Students will learn a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques for collecting and analyzing data, and will have the opportunity to use these methods in real research projects. The course will also introduce software and best computing practices for data analysis. We will emphasize the logic of quantitative, qualitative, and social networks research, and prioritize the practical applications of methods over their mathematical and philosophical foundations. By the end of the course you will have a basic set of skills for starting your own empirical research project, and for being a more informed consumer of empirical research. You will be able to make informed decisions about which methods to use to answer specific research questions. Most importantly, this course will give you a foundation for future learning about research methods.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

INTEG 375 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013044
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the third-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

INTEG 400s


INTEG 420A PRJ,SEM 0.50Course ID: 012699
Senior Research Project A
Each student will work on a short research project under the dual direction of a member of the Knowledge Integration Department and an advisor from a discipline related to the topic. The results of this project will be presented in thesis form, and will be critically examined by members of this and, where pertinent, other departments.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration students

INTEG 420B PRJ,SEM 0.50Course ID: 012700
Senior Research Project B
A continuation of INTEG 420A.
[Note: formerly INTEG 421]
Prereq: INTEG 420/420A

INTEG 452A LEC,PRJ,SEM,STU 0.50Course ID: 014693
Real World Problem Solving A
The first part of a two-term senior project course. Students will work as a design group to address a real world problem over the course of the two-term sequence. With the instructor in an advisory role, students will meet with a real world client, typically from outside the university, to understand the client's problem and needs. The focus of the first term will be a comprehensive design brief, background research and the presentation of one or more proposed solutions for the client's approval.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration.
Antireq: INTEG 475 LEC 001 Winter 2012, 2013, 2014, Fall 2012, 2013; INTEG 475 LEC 002 Fall 2011

INTEG 452B LEC,PRJ,SEM,STU 0.50Course ID: 014694
Real world Problem Solving B
The culmination of the two-term senior project sequence. Students will continue to develop solutions to meet the client's needs as identified in the first term. The focus of the second term is to continue to prototype, refine, and ultimately implement the solution for the client. In addition to the completed solution, students will present a final complete project brief including an evaluation of the solution together with recommendations for further development.
Prereq: INTEG 452A.
Antireq: INTEG 475 LEC 001 Winter 2012, 2013, 2014, Fall 2012, 2013; INTEG 475 LEC 002 Fall 2011

INTEG 475 LAB,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50Course ID: 013714
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time, courses of special study may be added to the program at the fourth-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

INTEG 475A LAB,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50Course ID: 015439
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
From time to time, a special study course may be added to the program at the fourth-year level. Students wishing to take this course will need to enroll in INTEG 475B in the following term. Consultation with the instructor is advised prior to enrollment.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Knowledge Integration students

INTEG 475B LAB,LEC,PRJ,SEM 0.50Course ID: 015440
Special Topics in Knowledge Integration
A continuation of INTEG 475A.
Prereq: INTEG 475A