Certificate for Master of Engineering (MEng) Students
Engineering practice today demands a breadth of skills: not only technical, but also an understanding of leadership, finance and business, management, entrepreneurship and innovation. Engineers often appreciate the importance of such skills only after they join the workforce.
The ELITE Certificate offers University of Toronto MEng students a broad range of courses in these topics. The first of its kind in Canada, the ELITE Certificate is targeted at engineers seeking to develop a more well-rounded skill set. To earn the ELITE certificate, MEng students must complete at least four of the courses listed below. The Certificate can be integrated into MEng programs offered by any of six departments in the Faculty (Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical & Industrial, and Materials Science).
As best we can, ELITE courses are scheduled with working professionals in mind. We offer a mix of daytime, evening and Saturday morning courses in each of the fall, winter, and summer sessions. The format of the courses varies: some are taught once a week for 12 weeks. A few are taught online. Others, especially in the summer, are taught on a 2-week intensive basis.
The following table lists the ELITE course schedule for the coming year, as we know it today, and is subject to change. Students are encouraged to check regularly for updated information.
For course related questions, please contact Pam Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other student inquiries (registration, grades, and other administrative questions) please contact the Graduate Studies office in your home department.
Enrolment for Summer 2016 courses will begin in early 2016.
Winter 2016 Graduate Course begin the week of January 11, 2016 unless otherwise specified.
Drop date for standard Winter 2016 courses is March 1, 2016, unless otherwise specified.
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ELITE Course Schedule
|Course Description *Click course title for syllabus link||Admin Info||Next Session Details||Fall 2015||Winter 2016||Summer 2016|
APS1010H: Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Effective Leadership
APS1010H Syllabus | Robin Sacks 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.
|Winter 2016 Thursdays 12noon – 3pm BA2159||x|
APS1011H: Concepts and Application of Authentic Leadership
APS1011H Syllabus | Nick Evans and Wayne Stark This course will outline and apply the core elements of authentic leadership. Self-leadership concepts and frameworks will be presented relative to value systems, life experiences, and gifts and abilities. These concepts will be applied to the identification and understanding of preferred approaches to working and leading, and extended to the creation of environments and dynamics in which individuals are most effective. Interpersonal leadership skills relating to providing feedback, and working in teams will be described and applied to coaching others. The final section of the course outlines will focus on strategies for building and articulating change. These strategies are applied to the translation of authentic leadership, and the ability to work with others, into strategic efforts that are both meaningful to an individual, and valuable to others.
|Winter 2016 Mondays 6pm – 9pm BA2145||x|
APS1026H: Positive Psychology for Engineers
APS1026H Syllabus | Robin Sacks Many disciplines have explored happiness – philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, neurobiology, film, art and literature – 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.
|Fall 2015 Thursdays 12noon – 3pm Location GB202||x|
APS1027H: Engineering Presentations
APS1027H Syllabus | Doug Reeve 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.
|Winter 2016 Wednesdays 12noon – 3pm BA2159||x|
APS1501H: Leadership and Leading in Groups and Organizations
APS1501H Syllabus | David Colcleugh This course will examine 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.
|Fall 2015 Saturdays 9am – 12noon WB219 *NOTE: Classes begin Saturday September 12, 2015||x|
APS1019H: Leadership in Project Management
APS1019H Syllabus | Haig Baronikian 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.
|Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm WB119 (Fall) WB342 (Winter)||x||x|
APS1029H The Science of Emotional Intelligence and its Application to Leadership
APS1029 Syllabus | Daniel Cushing 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.
|Fall 2015 Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm BA1230||x|
APS1030H: Engineering Careers – Theories & Strategies to Manage your Career for the Future
APS1030H Syllabus | Mark Franklin 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.
|Fall 2015 Mondays 6pm – 9pm BA2175||x|
|ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION|
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APS1012H: Management of Innovation in Engineering
APS1012H Syllabus | Stephen Armstrong The course will provide students with the core concepts of innovation including; strategic thinking, transformational change management, innovative enterprise design & development, and sustaining a culture of innovation. This seminar style course will equip students with the knowledge and the skills to manage innovation at strategic and operational levels. The management of innovation is interdisciplinary and multi-functional, requiring the international and alignment of market forces, technological systems and organizational change to improve the competitiveness and effectiveness of organizations and society. We shall argue that the process of innovation management is essentially generic, although organization, technological and market specific factors will constrain choices and actions. This course will incorporate both academic readings to provide the broad theory of innovation but most of the readings and discussion will be based on the instructors many years of hands on practical experience in innovation in a variety of industry sectors.
|Fall 2015 ONLINE Kick-off class Thursday Sept 10, 2015 4pm – 6pm GB303||x||x|
APS1013H: Applying Innovation in Engineering
APS1013H Syllabus | Stephen Armstrong Applying Innovation will teach students the application of the tools and techniques of innovation management including; strategic and systems thinking, business process management, creativity and problem solving, solution design & implementation, effective organizational teamwork and project management. This seminar style course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to apply the tools of creativity and innovation to solve a real world technological business problem. Applying innovation will enable students in a team approach to actually use the tools in the class and on an industrial project either at their employer (preferably) or an external enterprise. This course will also incorporate both academic scholarly papers that will build on the readings in the Management of Innovation APS1012 course. In addition the instructor will provide coaching based on many years of hands on practical experience solving technological problems in a variety of industry sectors. Though not mandatory it would be ideal if students have completed the course APS1012 – Management of Innovation that provides students with a conceptual understanding of the broad field of strategic innovation.
|Winter 2016 Mondays 1pm – 3pm SF3202||x|
APS1015H: Social Entrepreneurship
APS1015H Syllabus | Norm Tasevski This course is designed for engineering students interested in starting a business venture that advances social and/or environmental good. The course provides students with as real a “social entrepreneurship” experience as is possible within a course setting – students will, independently or in groups, construct a Business Model for their entrepreneurial idea, and will pitch their model to a panel of Angel investors. Most lectures will run workshop-style: industry experts (in social marketing, social finance, HR, law and other fields), along with real social entrepreneurs, will work one-on-one with students to help refine their business models in preparation for the investment pitch. Other lectures, along with course readings, will focus on understanding the field of social entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on topics relevant to engineering such as clean tech commercialization and the growing field of “impact investing”
|Fall 2015 Wednesdays 2pm – 5pm RS310||x||x|
APS1023H: New Product Innovation
APS1023H Syllabus | Amir Rahim This course examines technical and organizational aspects of managing new products and process innovations. Topics include human creativity and problem solving, product design and development, product feasibility assessments, requirements engineering, managing research and development, project management, team communication, technology implementation, and innovation strategy.
|Fall 2015 Thursdays 6pm – 8pm AP120||x||x|
APS1033H: Innovation via Imagineering
APS1033H Syllabus | Joseph C. Paradi This course will train the students to use their technical skills and problem solving abilities to identify where the world around them will be 10 or more years from now. The core goal is to assess opportunities many years out and using “Imagineering” to identify business opportunities. Topics covered include the assessment of what future technological challenges will emerge and how to find the business opportunities to solve such problems in both private and public contexts. The students will learn how seek business opportunities for their firms or themselves and communicate such vision to decision makers. The delivery is via 12 three hour sessions with a mix of lectures, outside speakers, group work and presentations on topics on emerging/future opportunities. Topics may include the social problems of wastewater engineering, air/particulate emissions, traffic engineering, project definition and financing and others. A highly interactive environment will encourage out of the box thinking and innovative approaches to large problems. There will be a number of assignments, projects and a term report. Class interaction with grading will be done in 6 of the sessions where both individual and group presentations will be required. Cases will be used for some of the projects. There will be no written final examination.
|Fall 2015 Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm GB248||x|
APS1035H: Taking a New Venture to Market
APS1035H Syllabus | Steve Treiber “Taking a New Venture to Market” teaches an engineer how to sell a new idea, product or service. At some point in most engineers’ careers they find themselves needing to convince their boss, their company, their co-workers, or a client to try some new idea. That new idea, product or service might be so novel that there are no easy comparisons to be made to something existing and proven. This course will teach engineers how to get people to listen and gain enough trust in them to take a chance on their offer. Students will learn how to organize and communicate their thoughts and facts in a way that will increase their probability of succeeding in convincing the deciders that they should take a chance on a new idea or innovation that they passionately believe in. APS1035H is delivered in 12 three hour classes that are a mix of lecture and role play exercises. Lectures provide the background material necessary for various course assignments. Eight of the lectures are devoted to student presentations or role plays around marketing, sales, and negotiation. Real world scenarios based on actual events in the experience of the instructors are used as case studies around which the students prepare their presentations, role plays and homework assignments. Presentations, role plays and assignments will be graded for the course mark. There is no final exam.
|Fall 2015 Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm WB219||x|
APS1088H: Entrepreneurship and Business for Engineers
APS1088H Syllabus | Joseph C. Paradi & Steve Treiber This course is intended to give engineering graduate students an understanding of how business enterprises are formed and operated and to introduce the skills needed to take an invention from the laboratory into a business enterprise. Topics covered include how to launch a new firm, its technical, economic, legal, human resources, marketing and sales, and financial aspects together with case histories from industry to illustrate the topics. The innovation process and intellectual property (IP) aspects of research results are woven into the course content. Visitors from industry will be joining some lectures. The session project is the preparation of a complete business plan by each student, based on an innovation from their department (suggested by the Department Chair). The course has three hours of lectures and a tutorial, which will be used to bring in real-life entrepreneurs as visitors. There will be real activities from smaller projects, including a brief biography of a real entrepreneur to the major deliverable – The Business Plan.
|Fall 2015 Mondays 6pm – 9pm WB219||x|
|FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT|
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APS1001H: Project Management
APS1001H Syllabus | Keith Farndale Course intro here. Project management has evolved from being an accidental job title into being a chosen profession with career paths and a body of knowledge. This course covers most of the knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute: integration, scope, cost, time, risk, human resources, procurement and communications management. We take a practical, applied approach, with the “PMBOK Guide” textbook, in-class exercises, and a team paper on “lessons learned” from an actual project. This a completely asynchronous online course.
APS1014H: Advanced Project Management
APS1014H Syllabus | Keith Farndale Project management itself is not itself an advanced discipline. It can be seen as simply a tool box of processes and tools which is easy to talk about and to learn in theory. What makes our management of projects more advanced is our effective application of those processes and tools to actual projects. This course attempts to do so as much as can be done in a classroom. There will be a case study to read and prepare for each week. There will be experienced guest speakers to take up those case studies and to discuss project management in their application areas.Prerequisite: APS1001H, and one year work experience.Enrolment is subject to instructor approval. To apply, please send Keith Farndale an email (email@example.com) with your resume/CV, that describes your work experience.
|Will not be offered in 2015/16|
APS1004H: Human Resources Management: An Engineering Perspective
APS1004H Syllabus | Tom Stephenson This course analyzes the relationship between management and workers in an engineering (including construction and manufacturing) environment. The course takes a holistic and strategic view of how industrial relations affect the business environment. Students will study industrial relations from the context of engineering-related industries, economics, sociology, and psychology. Students will develop an historical appreciation and perspective of the evolution and development of labour relations through concepts presented by figures such as Adam Smith, Fredrick Taylor, Charles Deming, and J.M. Juran. The goal of the course is to provide a general manager with a thorough understanding of how they can develop a competitive advantage for their organization through effective and thoughtful human resource management practices. In the context of how they relate to engineering and industrial relations, the course topics include: organizational behaviour including methods of motivation, scientific management, quality control, employment and economics, employment as a social relation, unions and other forms of employee representation, internal labour markets, strategic planning and the formulation of human resource strategy, practices and policies.
|Winter 2016 Thursdays 6pm – 9pm GB221||x||x|
APS1016H: Financial Management for Engineers
APS1016H Syllabus | Babu Gajaria The students will be exposed to classical equity valuation methods; such as discounted cash flow analysis, net asset value, fundamental analysis and relative value analysis, using measures such as P/E multiples and P/Cash flow multiples. The students will be introduced to the principles of bond and stock valuations with a special emphasis on its relation to the cost of capital. The course will take an in depth view of capital budgeting, capital investment decisions and project analysis and evaluations. It will introduce students to the concept risk and return in equity markets. The students will get hands on experience in calculating cost of capital and hence the appropriate discount rate to use in valuations. Theory of optimal capital structure and financial leverage will be discussed in addition to economic value added principles. The relevance of dividends and dividend policy will be debated in class. The concept of “does dividend policy matter” will be subject of a vigorous debate. Finally the topic of mergers and acquisitions will be covered in depth, with particular reference to recent mergers of Canadian companies.
|Fall 2015 Thursdays 3pm – 6pm GB119||x||x|
APS1020H: International Business for Engineers
APS1020H Syllabus | Eduardo Fernandez Students will learn the basic concepts to be considered when growing businesses via entering into foreign markets, and internationalizing entrepreneurial companies. The course is an introduction to global entrepreneurship; managing global strategy; diversifying, acquiring, and restructuring across borders; governing the corporation around the globe; making alliances and acquisitions work; understanding how institutions and resources affect the liability of foreigners; and managing corporate social responsibility within a global content. There will be example cases of how companies throughout the world, including Brazil, China and India have expanded globally. For a better understanding of the international arena while internationalizing entrepreneurial companies, there will also be a brief review of some recent global developments, including the current impact of the 2009 global economic crisis.
|Winter 2016 Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm BA1220||x||x|
APS502H1: Financial Engineering
APS1002H (APS502H1) Syllabus | Roy Kwon This course will focus on capital budgeting, financial optimization, and project evaluation models and their solution techniques. In particular, linear, non-linear, and integer programming models and their solutions techniques will be studied. The course will give engineering students a background in modern capital budgeting and financial techniques that are relevant in practical engineering and commercial settings.
|Fall 2015 Tuesdays 5pm – 8pm MC252 Winter 2016 Thursdays 5pm – 8pm MC252||x||x|
APS1022H: Financial Engineering II
APS 1022H Syllabus | Roy H. Kwon, C.G. Lee The course presents two important topics in financial engineering: portfolio optimization and derivative pricing. These two topics are explored by the application of a number of mathematical tools, including linear programming, nonlinear programming, statistical analysis, and the theory of stochastic calculus.
APS1005H: Operations Research for Engineering Management
APS1005H Syllabus | Daniel Frances This course introduces optimization techniques applicable in solving various engineering programs. These techniques are widely used in engineering design, optimal control, production planning, reliability engineering, and operations management. The contents of this course can be classified into two major categories: modeling techniques and optimization algorithms. Topics include linear programming, sensitivity analysis, nonlinear programming, dynamic programming, decision making under uncertainty, new developments in optimization techniques. The course will also examine several case studies to gain understanding of real applications of optimization techniques.
APS1017H: Supply Chain Management and Logistics
APS1017H Syllabus | C.G. Lee This course is to provide students with a framework to design and control supply chain systems. To achieve the goal, the course will cover key modules in supply chain. The students will be exposed to topics such as: inventory theories, transportation, postponement strategies, supply chain dynamics, value of information, supply chain flexibility, and environmental issues. We will focus on the analytical decision support tools (both models and applications), as well as on the organizational models that successfully allow companies to develop, implement and sustain supplier management and collaborative strategies.
APS1028H: Operations and Production Management for Manufacturing and Services
APS1028H Syllabus | Stephen Armstrong Operations Management is the systematic approach and control of the processes that transform inputs (e.g. human resources, facilities, materials, processes, enterprise management information systems, etc.) into finished goods and services. The operation function is one of the important cores of a business, that helps an organization in efficiently achieve missions such as increasing productivity and quality. This course will deal with the role of operations management in a total organization, and introduce classic and up-to-date tools and concepts used to support managerial decisions.
|Fall 2015 Mondays 12noon – 2pm BA1220||x|
APS1009: Natural Resources Management
APS1009H Syllabus | Eduardo Fernandez This course aims to offer graduate engineering students a unique view of issues related to the management of natural resource enterprises, and the required knowledge to identify and develop sustainable solutions to the interdisciplinary challenges related to the management of natural resources. The course also considers the management of public enterprises that are in charge of planning and developing national resources, not only in Canada, but also internationally. This course will help students develop the necessary capabilities required of engineers working in natural resources management and natural resources enterprises, whether public or private, in Canada and internationally. The course utilizes lectures and real case analyses, and requires students to write and present a final project report.
|Fall 2015 Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm BA1230||x|
APS1032: Introduction to Energy Project Management
APS1032H Syllabus | Payam Rahimi Project management is important for any business organization, but particularly so for the energy industry. Sufficient controls are needed during initiation, study, implementation, and closeout of any energy project, and project managers within the energy environment (such as oil, gas, nuclear, …) face unique challenges and important risk management considerations. This course will expose students to best project management practices within the context of the energy industry. The course will introduce the particular characteristics of managing energy projects from the planning phase to closeout. Environmental assessments, geopolitical considerations, the political landscape, risk management and the roles of different players will be discussed. Tools to monitor the health and progress of a project will be introduced. Examples of different types of energy projects in the fields of nuclear, bio-mass, oil, gas, wind and solar will be used to illustrate concepts.
|Winter 2016 Mondays 5pm – 8pm BA2159||x|
CIV1399H: Integrating Sustainability in the Business Value Chain
CIV1399H Syllabus | Jabeen Quadir This cross-disciplinary graduate course integrates cross-sector concepts of environmental, social, economic and governance (ESEG) aspects of sustainability management for businesses and products. The interconnected network of systems that make up the value chain in the business-to-business marketplace will be demonstrated with industry case studies and examples. The importance of managing sustainability impacts throughout the full life cycle of products will also be demonstrated with industry examples. Internationally recognized frameworks, best practices and standards will be introduced as vehicles for practical application of business and product sustainability management, with a focus on cross-sector engagement and collaboration.Through lectures, course content, curated content, and assignments, the student will gain a broad, holistic and practical perspective on integrating sustainability management systems into the business value chain and the full product life cycle. Students will have the opportunity to research an existing cross-sector sustainability challenge along with the solutions applied and results achieved. They will develop and present their work in the form of a case study. Final project presentations will be presented to the entire class to enhance peer-to-peer learning. It is anticipated that this course will be further developed into an undergraduate course offering with input from the graduate course participants.
|ENGINEERING AND SOCIETY|
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APS1018H: History and Philosophy of Engineering
APS1018H Syllabus | Stephen Armstrong This course has been designed for the reflective engineer possibly with experience in the workplace. Designed by an engineer for engineers, technologists, applied scientists and engineering executives, it will help practitioners reflect on their role in society and understand how that role has been shaped and is constantly changing. Most of the world’s leading employers depend on engineers, technologists, and applied scientists to design new technological systems, products and services and effectively operate and sustains these systems. Human resource leaders are charged with attracting, motivating, developing, and retaining these individuals, as well as partnering with them on large-scale systems change. This course provides insider insight into the way engineers think and feel about the work they do. It begins by studying the history of medieval and modern technology and proceeds to explore the rise of engineering science, the engineering disciplines and 19th century professionalization. And finally we explore how engineering culture, philosophy and identity has been shaped and forged in various countries, and how this impacts the role of the engineer in society.
APS510H1: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems
APS510H1 Syllabus | Murray Metcalfe and Henry Vehovec A broad range of global energy systems are presented including electricity generation, electricity end use, transportation and infrastructure. Discussions are based on two key trends: (a) the increasing ability to deploy technologies and engineering systems globally, and (b) innovative organizations, many driven by entrepreneurship (for profit and social) and entrepreneurial finance techniques. The course considers these types of innovations in the context of developed economies, rapidly developing economies such as India and China, and the developing world. The course will interweave a mix of industry examples and more in-depth case studies. The examples and cases are examined with various engineering, business and environmental/sustainability analysis perspectives.
|Fall 2015 Tuesdays 4pm – 7pm BA1240 Tutorial: Mondays 1pm – 2pm HA401||x|
JMG2020H: Big Data and Global Cities
JMG2020H Syllabus | Mark Fox and Enid Slack As urban populations grow, global cities need to provide basic services (e.g. water, sanitation, public safety, transit) and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth (e.g. pollution and congestion). And, ultimately, they need to find the fiscal resources to pay for the services. This course will set out a basic political economy framework to understand the problems faced by global cities and show how Big Data can be used to help solve those problems. The course will provide an introduction to the concepts that underlie Big Data – open, unified, linked and grounded data – as well as data analytics (statistics, pattern recognition, and machine learning). Students will work with data to address specific urban problems in global cities.
|Winter 2016 Mondays 9am – 12noon B019 at 315 Bloor Street West *NOTE: This is a joint course with the Munk School of Global Affairs. Engineering students interested in taking JMG2020H should contact Megan Ball, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org||x|
APS1031H: Infrastructure Planning
APS1031H Syllabus | Alec Hay This course is a guided exploration of infrastructure planning through a fundamental understanding of first principles and discussion about their application to various aspects of the discipline. This will include strategic planning, cost, finance, risk, resilience, design and the different applications from facilities to utilities, disaster relief and policy development. Guest presentations by recognized Subject Matter Experts round out the practical appreciation with case studies. The course is accessible to undergraduates, while providing an essentially post-graduate perspective. Given the enormity of this field, detailed exploration of any of the lecture topics is not possible. Instead, students will be encouraged to read further into the topics of interest and directed to existing courses that explore the topic in greater detail.
|Fall 2015 Tuesdays 2pm – 5pm GB220||x|
APS1024H: Infrastructure Resilience Planning
APS1024H Syllabus | APS1024H Reading List | Alec Hay Planning for resilience is a fundamental of strategic and operational planning of infrastructure and requires an in-depth understanding of the operation one wishes to make resilient, its context and operating environment. This course teaches resilience planning from first principles, including the development and application of international and Canadian infrastructure resilience and investment policy, demand and dependency management, all-hazards and mitigation strategies and its relationship to Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning.
|Fall 2015 Saturdays 9am – 5pm GB244 *NOTE: Course runs from October 24 to November 14, 2015||x|
APS1025H: Infrastructure Protection
APS1025H Syllabus | APS1025H Reading List | Alec Hay A fully integrated protection scheme is necessary to efficiently implement an Infrastructure Resilience Plan to assure operational survival following a catastrophic event. Building on the first principles of security integration and fortifications practice, illustrated with case studies through history, the students explore site security surveys, different tools, mitigation methods and models in common use and the assumptions and technology behind them in order to make informed decisions on how to approach and solve an infrastructure protection problem for the full range of event types. This is then practised in partnership with industry, analysing real security integration issues for real clients, to whom the students will present their protection schemes.
|Winter 2016 Saturdays 9am – 5pm GB244||x|
APS1034H: Understanding Technological Catastrophes
APS1034H Syllabus | Julian Lebenhaft This course introduces the main theoretical approaches of systems thinking, organization structure and crisis management for understanding catastrophic accidents. Highlighting the socio-technical limits to the prevention of severe accidents, it emphasizes the importance of incorporating such insights in engineering design with the aim of reducing the likelihood of disasters.
|Winter 2016 Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm WB219||x||x|
APS1420H: Technology, Engineering and Global Development
APS1420H Syllabus | Rahim Rezaie This is a joint graduate/undergraduate course, which explores a broad range of topics centered on the role of technology and engineering in global development. The course format is a combination of lectures by the instructor and guest speakers, discussion of assigned readings (academic journals, book excerpts, popular press, etc.), review of case studies, and student presentations. Topics covered include: (1) a brief history of international development, foreign aid, and major players involved (e.g. UN, World Bank, government agencies, NGOs), (2) technological innovation and diffusion theory and practice, (3) new international development models (e.g. social entrepreneurship, microfinance, risk capital approaches) and finance organizations involved (e.g. Grameen Bank, Gates Foundation, Acumen Fund, etc.), (4) implication of major global trends (e.g. globalization, urbanization) for sustainable development. The above topics are addressed in the context of specific case studies of technologies and technology sectors involving health, energy, infrastructure, finance, and communications. The goal of this course is to inform students of the various causes and consequences of global poverty, and to highlight ways that they can apply their technical, engineering, and entrepreneurship knowledge towards addressing complex global challenges.
|Winter 2016 Wednesdays 3pm – 6pm BA1230||x|