Graduate Courses

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ILead develops and delivers the Faculty’s graduate leadership courses. Our graduate courses are open to all M.Eng, M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. students.  For information on enrolment and registration, please click here.

M.Eng. students and the ELITE Certificate

M.Eng. students can take our graduate courses to earn the Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE) Certificate. The ELITE certificate is specifically designed for those engineers who wish to take on more of a leadership role in their work environments—whether by learning to better motivate teams, foster and manage innovation or by embracing global opportunities.


APS1010H: Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Effective Leadership

Instructor: Dr. Robin Sacks
Next offered: Winter 2018

This course investigates the cognitive and psychological foundations of effective leadership. Students will explore current theories driving effective leadership practice including models of leadership, neurophysiological correlates of leadership and psychodynamic approaches to leadership. Students will learn and apply skills including mental modeling, decision-making, teamwork and self-evaluation techniques. This course is aimed at helping Engineering students to gain practical skills that will enhance their impact as leaders throughout their careers.

APS1011H: Concepts and Applications of Authentic Leadership

Instructor: Nick Evans and Wayne Stark
Next offered: Winter 2017 | Mondays, 6pm-9pm (SF3201)

This course challenges the notion that leadership is a prescribed set of behaviours and allows students to explore their own authentic leadership. The exploration will start with students working through their value systems, reflecting on their own meaningful experiences, and compiling common elements into their ‘purpose’. Students will identify their gifts, abilities and skills, and gain an understanding of their natural approach to working. Students will be provided with a number of tools and models to understand their own behaviour, patterns and stories. The middle section of the course will shift to leaders shaping their environments and providing feedback and coaching to others. As an outcome, students will be able to create for themselves the environments and dynamics in which they do their best work and be able to do the same for others. The final section of the course will help students translate their natural authentic leadership into strategies for change thereby enabling them to become change agents. Students will learn an approach to see new possibilities, to develop strategies for sustainable change, and to articulate these strategies in ways that will engage and align others. This course is aimed at helping engineering students to combine their knowledge and practical skills with their natural authentic leadership in order to create meaningful and sustainable work for themselves and those around them.

APS1026H: The Happy Engineer – Positive Psychology for Engineers

Instructor: Dr. Robin Sacks
Next offered: Summer 2017 | May 9th to June 15th, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12pm-3pm in OI 5170

Many disciplines have explored happiness – philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, neurobiology and art to name a few.  Engineers, it’s your turn.  During the first part of the course we will play catch-up, examining the scholarly and creative ways that people have attempted to understand what makes for a happy life.  Then we turn our attention to our own domain-expertise, applying engineering concepts like balance, flow, feedback, amplitude, dynamic equilibrium and others to explore the ways that your technical knowledge can contribute to a deep understanding of happiness.  This course is designed to challenge you academically as we analyse texts from a variety of disciplines, but it is also designed to challenge you personally to explore happiness as it relates to yourself and your own personal development.

APS1027H: Engineering Presentations

Instructor: Prof. Doug Reeve
Next offered: Winter 2018

Communication skill can be a critical success factor in engineering. Engineering know-how is given added power when communicated with clarity and simplicity in presentations that are thoughtfully planned and effectively executed. In this course, each student will make a large number of short presentations to sharpen their skills and increase their confidence. Students will grapple with capturing the essence of complex subjects and expressing it through key words, data and images. Students will be able to develop a wide range of skills: visual representation of data, systems and mechanisms; structuring and sequencing a talk; managing the tools, equipment and physical and psychological aspects of presentations; delivering speeches with vivid voice and body language; and finally, skills in connecting with an audience and achieving the desired impact.

APS1029H: The Science of Emotional Intelligence and its Application to Leadership

Instructor: Danny Cushing
Next offered: Fall 2017

A growing body of social science research offers clear evidence that emotional intelligence (EQ) plays a crucial role in leadership effectiveness. We know that the most successful managers are able to motivate and achieve best performances through the ability to understand others, and the key to this is to first understand yourself. In this course, you will complete the most scientifically validated EQ assessment available, The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) and receive a detailed report that identifies your leadership strengths and targets areas for development. You will acquire an enhanced level of self-knowledge and a deeper awareness of your impact on others. This will form the basis of a personal development plan that will help you improve your leadership effectiveness. In this course we will also examine evidence-based research that links leadership effectiveness to authenticity and mindfulness, both of which can be enhanced through mindfulness training programs. Simply defined, mindfulness is the awareness of one’s mental processes and the understanding of how one’s mind works. Using case studies, we will discover why companies such as Carlsberg, Google, Sony and General Electric have trained hundreds of employees in mindfulness.

APS1030H: Engineering Careers – Theories and Strategies to Manage your Career for the Future

Instructor: Mark Franklin
Next offered: 2017-2018

21st century career management skills and knowledge are critical success factors for engineers, to develop their own careers for the future, and as leaders and project managers, to help develop others’ careers. Especially in engineering where career engagement influences innovation and productivity, talent management is arguably the most important learning to bridge the gap between an engineering education and an engineer’s ability to apply their learning in the real world. In this course, students will learn about contemporary theories and issues in career development and talent management so they can apply their knowledge and skills, to benefit their own career wellbeing, their teams, organizations, and society. Students will learn an evidence-based framework for career clarification and exploration. Using this framework, students gain talent management skills, increase hope and confidence, expand their network and use practical tools. In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous (VUCA) world of work, students will consider career paths, hear and tell career stories, and understand talent management in the broader scope of careers in organizations and self-employment, and related issues of mobility, professionalization, dual careers, and more.

APS1501H: Leadership and Leading in Groups and Organizations

Instructor: Dr. David Colcleugh
Next offered: Fall 2017

APS1501 examines leadership in relation to technology and the engineering profession. Topics will include: leadership theories, historic and current leaders, ethical leadership, teaming and networking, productivity and innovation, thinking frameworks, business leadership, and influencing people. Through this course students will explore their own leadership abilities and develop or strengthen their competencies in areas such as managing conflict, team dynamics, running effective meetings, developing others, and creation of vision and mission statements. The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, readings, and guest speakers.