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Course Description *Click course title for syllabus linkAdmin InfoNext Session DetailsFall 2019Winter 2020Summer 2019
APS510H1: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy SystemsFALL 2019: Starts Sept 10, Lec: Tuesdays 12-3pm in BA1240, Tutorial: Thursdays 11-12pm in SF3201x
APS1018H: History and Philosophy of EngineeringWINTER 2020: ONLINE (13 weeks), Jan 7 - April 6, Kick-off class; Jan 7, 9-12pm, MY315

SUMMER 2019:
Online Course; May 7 - July 31; Kick off Class May 6, 9-12pm, MY370

Add Deadline: May 6
Drop Deadline: June 17
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APS1024H: Infrastructure Resilience PlanningNOTE: Last day to add the course is September 16.
Last day to drop the course is September 30.
FALL 2019: Sept 14 - Oct 5, Saturdays, 9-5pm, Sept 14, 21, 28 and Oct 5 in BA2145x
APS1025H: Infrastructure ProtectionNOTE: Drop deadline, Nov 6, please submit SGS Course Drop to d.duong@utoronto.ca for dropping courseFALL 2019: Oct 26 - Nov 16, Saturdays, 9-5pm, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16 in BA2145x
APS1031H: Infrastructure PlanningFALL 2019: Sept 9 - Dec 09, Mondays, 1-4pm, MY315x
APS1034H: Making Sense of AccidentsWINTER 2020: Jan 6 - Apr 1;
Mondays 1-3pm in MY420 and
Wednesdays 1-3pm in MY330

SUMMER 2019: RESCHEDULED: July 2 - Aug 19; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6-8 PM

Add Deadline: May 6
Drop Deadline: May 24
APS1420H: Technology, Engineering and Global DevelopmentWINTER 2020: Starts Jan 7, Tuesdays 12-2pm in SF3201, Thursdays 12-2pm in SF3201x

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 C 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 Syllabus

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: Making Sense of Accidents

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

Ahmed Mahmoud

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.