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Course Description *Click course title for syllabus linkAdmin InfoNext Session DetailsFall 2020Winter 2021Summer 2021
APS510H1: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy SystemsCourse will be delivered Synchronously FALL 2020: ONLINE, Sept 14 - Dec 13, Mon 6-9 pm (LEC); Thur, 5-6pm (TUT)
APS1018H: History and Philosophy of EngineeringCourse will be delivered Asynchronously and SynchronouslyWINTER 2021: ONLINE, Kick-off class Jan 12, Tuesdays 9am-12pm, Jan 12 - April 6

SUMMER 2021:
ONLINE May 4- July 26,
Online, kick off live class , May 4, 9-11am

Course add deadline: May 10
Course drop deadline: June 14

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APS1024H: Infrastructure Resilience PlanningNOTE: Course Add deadline: September 12

Course Drop deadline: September 20

Course will be delivered Synchronously
FALL 2020: ONLINE, Sept 12 - Oct 3, Saturdays, 9-5pm, Sept 12, 19, 26 and Oct 3x
APS1025H: Infrastructure ProtectionNOTE: Course Add deadline: September 21
Course Drop deadline: October 26

Course will be delivered Synchronously
FALL 2020: ONLINE, Oct 17 - Nov 7, Saturdays, 9-5pm, Oct 17, 24, 31 Nov 7x
APS1031H: Infrastructure PlanningCourse will be delivered SynchronouslyFALL 2020: Sept 14 - Dec 7, Mondays, 2-5pmx
APS1034H: Making Sense of AccidentsPart of Accident Causation and Risk Management Courses

Course will be delivered Synchronously
WINTER 2021: ONLINE, Jan 11 - April 7; Mondays, 12-2pm, Wednesdays, 12-2pm

SUMMER 2021: ONLINE: May 3 - June 14, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

Course add deadline: May 11
Course drop deadline: May 20

APS1101H: System Dynamic Risk ManagementPart of Accident Causation and Risk Management Courses

Course will be delivered Synchronously
SUMMER 2021 - ONLINE: July 5 - Aug 17, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

Course add deadline: July 13
Course drop deadline: July 23
APS1420H: Technology, Engineering and Global DevelopmentCourse will be delivered SynchronouslyWINTER 2021: ONLINE, Starts Jan 11, Mon 4-6pm and Wed 10-12pm

APS510H1: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems

APS510H Syllabus

Nitish Sarker

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 with experience in the workplace. Though those without real world industry experience are welcome. Designed by a professional 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 ethics, culture, philosophy and identity has been shaped and forged in various countries, and how this impacts the role of the engineer in society.  Each term we adapt themes across many aspects of society including, Military Industrial Security Complex, Big Pharma, Cyber Security, Technology and Privacy, Industry-Banking-Power-Politics, Globalization, Engineering Profession and Politics. We also look at futurism, and ethical implications - 4th industrial revolution and smart cities, telecommunications, mass media control, robotization of the military, biological engineering, transhumanism, war, business, and profit.

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 | Part of Accident Causation and Risk Management Courses

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.

APS1101H: System Dynamic Risk Management

Part of Accident Causation and Risk Management Courses

APS1101 Syllabus

Julian Lebenhaft

The course provides new perspectives on safety and human error and shows how to incorporate humans in complex automated systems using systems thinking.

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.

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