ELITE – Leadership Courses

Leadership Courses formerly with course code APS, now are TEP. For more information on our leadership courses, please visit the Troost ILead website.

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Course Description *Click course title for syllabus linkAdmin InfoNext Session DetailsFall 2020Winter 2021Summer 2021
TEP1010: Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Effective LeadershipCourse will be delivered AsynchronouslyWINTER 2021: ONLINE; Starts Jan 12, Tuesdays, 5pm-8pmx
TEP1011H: Authentic Leadership: Engineering Your Vibrant FutureCourse will be delivered SynchronouslyFALL 2020: ONLINE; Starts Sept 14, Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pmx
TEP1026H: Positive Psychology for EngineersCourse will be delivered Asynchronously FALL 2020: ONLINE; Starts Sep 9, Wednesdays, 12pm-3pm

Summer 2021 - ONLINE: May 3 - Aug 18

Course add deadline: May 10
Course drop deadline: June 14
TEP1027H: Engineering PresentationsCourse will be delivered Synchronously

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the first two classes is mandatory for continuation in the course.

Wait listed students who wish to get into the class are also expected to attend the first class.
WINTER 2021: ONLINE; Course is no longer offered - cancelled for Winter 2021.x
TEP1029H: The Science of Emotional Intelligence and its Application to LeadershipCourse will be delivered SynchronouslyFALL 2020: ONLINE; Starts Sep 9, Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm

WINTER 2021: ONLINE; Starts Jan 6, Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm
TEP1030H: Engineering Careers – Theories & Strategies to Manage your Career for the FutureCourse will be delivered SynchronouslyWINTER 2021: ONLINE; Starts Jan 14, Thursdays, 6pm-9pmx
TEP1501H: Leadership and Leading in Groups and OrganizationsCourse will be delivered Synchronously*Will not be offered again until Fall 2022*
TEP1502H: Leading Engineering Design ProjectsCourse will be delivered SynchronouslyFALL 2020: ONLINE; Starts Sep 8, Tuesdays, 9am-12pmx

Leadership Courses formerly with course code APS, now are TEP. TEP courses can count towards the ELITE Emphasis.

TEP1010H: Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Effective Leadership

TEP1010H Syllabus

Robin Sacks

This course has been completely redesigned for life in our quarantined world. This semester’s theme is Self-Leadership (because you can’t lead anyone until you can lead yourself (!), and who better to practice your leadership skills on during quarantine than you?!) The class is completed in teams of 4, (but worry not – there are no graded team assignments!). Together your team will work through themes related to self-leadership like self-discipline (why can’t I keep my new year’s resolutions?), resilience (how can hard times and failures make me stronger?), and motivation (how can I stay engaged when I don’t feel like it?). You’ll also embark on 3 wild self-leadership quests that will challenge you to walk your talk in practical ways. I designed this course to be highly challenging, but stress free. It’s full of fun activities and deep, meaningful conversations with your classmates to help get you through life off-campus.


TEP1011H: Authentic Leadership: Engineering Your Vibrant Future

TEP1011H Syllabus

Mike Farley and Nick Evans 

This course is aimed at helping engineering students to combine their knowledge and practical skills with their natural authentic leadership in order to create meaningful work and vibrant lives for themselves, their communities, and society. This course challenges the notion that leadership is a prescribed set of behaviours and allows students to explore their own authentic leadership. During the first half of the course students will use a variety of tools and concepts to explore ‘Who Am I’, ‘What Am I Fundamentally About’ and ‘How Do I Show Up’ to create the experiences and relationships that I want in my life & work. In the second half of the course students will learn an authentic teaming approach to co-creating meaningful change. Students will identify inspiring possibilities, work through core challenges, and create integrated solutions together as change agents for a vibrant future.

TEP1026H: Positive Psychology for Engineers

TEP1026H 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.

TEP1027H: Engineering Presentations

TEP1027H 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.

TEP1029H: The Science of Emotional Intelligence and its Application to Leadership

TEP1029H Syllabus

Daniel Cushing

This course is designed for (best suited for) full time and part time engineering students with work experience

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.

TEP1030H: Engineering Careers – Theories & Strategies to Manage your Career for the Future

TEP1030H 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, career 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 so they can apply their knowledge and skills, to benefit their own careers, and those of their team members, organization, and society. Students will learn an evidence-based framework for career clarification and exploration. Using this framework, students gain career management and job search strategies, increase hope and confidence, expand their network and use practical career management tools. In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world of work, students will consider career paths, hear and tell career stories, and gain skills to navigate a lifetime of transitions.

TEP1501H: Leadership and Leading in Groups and Organizations

TEP1501H Syllabus

Zoe Coull and Angela Tran

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.

TEP1502H: Leading Engineering Design Projects

APS1502H Syllabus

Alison Olechowski

The objective of this course is to prepare students for the type of teams, processes and decisions used for complex socio-technical engineering design projects. The course will equip students with tools and strategies for leading, following other leaders, in this context. Students will have the opportunity to apply their learning on three hybrid team-individual assignments. The course readings will be sourced from real industry cases and experiences.

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