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Course Description *Click course title for syllabus linkAdmin InfoNext Session DetailsFall 2017Winter 2018Summer 2018 (*Tentative Schedule)
APS510H1: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy SystemsFALL 2017: September 11 to December 8, Tuesdays from 3pm-6pm in WB119 x
APS1018H: History and Philosophy of Engineering x
APS1024H: Infrastructure Resilience PlanningNOTE: Last day to add the course is September 16.
Last day to drop the course is September 30.
FALL 2017: Saturdays (4 classes) September 16, 30, October 7 & 14 from 9am-5pm in GB120x
APS1025H: Infrastructure ProtectionWINTER 2018: Saturdays (4 classes) January 20, 27 February 3 & 10 from 9am-5pm in BA1220x
APS1031H: Infrastructure PlanningWINTER 2018: January 8 to April 6, Mondays 2pm-5pm in BA1210x
APS1034H: Understanding Technological Catastrophes x
APS1420H: Technology, Engineering and Global DevelopmentWINTER 2018: January 8 to April 6, Mondays 9am-12pm in PB255 (room subject to change)x

APS510H1: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems

APS510H Syllabus

Marina Friere-Gormaly

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.

APS1018H: History and Philosophy of Engineering

APS1018 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.

APS1024H: Infrastructure Resilience Planning

APS1024H SyllabusAPS1024H 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.

APS1025H: Infrastructure Protection

APS1025H Syllabus

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.

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.

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.

APS1420H: Technology, Engineering and Global Development

APS1420 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.