Undergraduate Courses

ILead develops and delivers the Faculty’s undergraduate leadership courses. These courses follow the Registrar’s timelines and ROSI procedures. While we will do our best to answer your questions about these courses, we ask that you consult your academic counselor or the Office of the Registrar for inquiries relating to your program or non-leadership courses.

Please refer to the Academic Calendar and Timetables for enrolment and registration information.

Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Undergraduate students can take three of our undergraduate courses to earn a Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Leadership education is about learning how to effectively handle complex, human challenges that often mean the difference between success and failure. Engineers are taught to think analytically and systematically. Leadership skills build on these strengths to make you a more effective engineer. The academic Certificate in Engineering Leadership allows you to demonstrate your commitment and learning in this sought-after area. Read more about how Undergraduate Engineering Certificates work.

All ILead undergraduate courses can also be taken to satisfy the Engineering Business Minor.


APS343H: Engineering Leadership (CS)

Instructor: Prof. Doug Reeve
Elective approved for the Engineering Leadership Certificate or the Engineering Business Minor
Next offered: Fall 2017 & Winter 2018

Note: APS343H is formerly APS443H. This course is a practical approach to being a more productive engineer based on the premise that for technology to become a reality it must be translated through people.  A key is to understand that engineers lead in ways that reflect their skills and mind set.  The course begins with examining: 1) the meaning of leading (Why do something?); 2) the processes of leading (How do you do you create a vision and motivate others?); and 3) the tools of leading (What steps do you take to lead?).  Learning frameworks and personal working styles inventories provide practical tools to assist the student to understand human nature and the logic of learning to become a competent leader of self, teams and organizations.  The student prepares to become a competent leader by undertaking to learn (understand and integrate) key skills, character attributes and purposeful behaviours.  The course presents strategies for development of high performance teams.  Special attention is given to a number of subjects: transformational change, organizational culture, high performance work systems, and self-leadership.  The course material is delivered through lectures, readings, in-class discussion and a team project.  The project is based on the team interviewing the CEO of an engineering-intensive company or senior leader in the community.  Students will be required to submit written reflections on course content and their personal experience.

APS442H: Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Effective Leadership (CS)

Instructor: Dr. Robin Sacks
Elective approved for the Engineering Leadership Certificate or the Engineering Business Minor
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.

APS444H: The Happy Engineer – Positive Psychology for Engineers (HSS)

Instructor: Dr. Robin Sacks
Elective approved for the Engineering Leadership Certificate or the Engineering Business Minor
Next offered: Fall 2017

Many disciplines have explored happiness – philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, neurobiology and art to name a few. Why not engineering?  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”, “amplitude”, “dynamic equilibrium”, ”momentum” 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 analyze texts from a variety of disciplines, but it is also designed to challenge you personally to explore happiness as it relates to yourself, your own personal development and your success and fulfillment as an engineer.

APS445H: The Power of Story: Discovering Your Leadership Narrative (HSS)

Instructors: Annie Simpson & Penny Kinnear
Elective approved for the Engineering Leadership Certificate, the Engineering Business Minor, or the Communications Certificate
Next offered: Fall 2017

This course offers an introduction to relational, authentic and transformational leadership theory by focusing on narrative and the power of story telling. Students will practice story-telling techniques by learning about the mechanics of stories, improve their public speaking by engaging in regular storytelling practice, explore their personal history by reflecting on their identities, and develop critical thinking skills regarding the stories (meta-narratives) that surround us, particularly as they relate to engineering problems/ethics. This is a highly experiential course with a focus on reading, discussion, practice and reflection.

APS446H: Leadership in Project Management (CS)

Instructor: Haig Baronikian
Elective approved for the Engineering Leadership Certificate or the Engineering Business Minor
Next offered: Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Project management involves both leading people and managing resources to achieve the intended project outcomes and benefits. Leadership is often the difference between project success and failure. The objective of this course is to equip you with the concepts, tools and techniques for effective leadership within a project context. It is also intended to build self-knowledge regarding leadership styles and to provide for opportunities for practice. The course begins with the organizational setting for projects, proceeds through aspects of leading and working with teams, covers the important topic of ethical leadership, and closes with the stakeholder, communication and change management components of leading projects in organizations.

APS447H: Leadership in Project Management

Instructor: Cindy Rottmann
Next offered: Winter 2018

The primary objective of this course is to help engineering students navigate the ambiguous world of engineering ethics and equity using case studies drawn from the careers of Canadian engineers. In addition to being exposed to a range of ethical theories, the PEO code of ethics and the legal context of engineering ethics, students enrolled in this course will engage in ethical decision-making on a weekly basis.