ELI Courses

Engineering Leadership and Innovation course schedule and timetable are available in OWL site.

Please note that all courses are offered in-person.

The Engineering Leadership and Innovation (ELI) courses are offered to M.Eng, Graduate Diploma ELI, and combined M.Eng & Graduate Diploma students, except for ELI 9300 and ELI 9400 offered to students in the Graduate Diploma ELI and combined M.Eng & Graduate Diploma Programs.

These courses help students develop skills required of a professional engineer in Canada.

ELI 9001 - Engineering Business

The objectives of this course are to develop the business skills that are required to work within entrepreneurial organizations, large organizations and non-profits globally. The course will be focused on basic business activities – leading people, marketing, financial analysis, operations and strategy – within a global context.

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ELI 9100 - Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is becoming increasingly important as intangible assets replace traditional capital expenditures in modern information-based economies. Whether dealing with issues such as the patentability of software or how digital locks control copyrighted materials, engineers today must be aware of how their careers will be impacted by this changing landscape. This course is designed to provide engineers with a comprehensive overview of intellectual property law, including a deep understanding of the core areas of copyright, trademark, and patent law. Other intellectual property issues will also be discussed with a particular focus on how the ongoing interaction between law and technology will change daily life for engineers.

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ELI 9105 - Strategic Innovation Commercialization

The world’s most valuable companies like Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook hold 95% of their value in intangible assets that include intellectual property and data. This course will explore how leading and early stage technology companies can capture economic returns simply from the ideas that they create and own.

Integral the execution of these strategies is the intellectual property strategist and the patent engineer. This class will provide engineers with the ability to identify, generate, and strategically use intellectual property and data assets to drive business.

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ELI 9110 - Risk Assessment & Management

This course introduces the concepts and general principles of risk analysis, assessment and management in engineering systems. The course discusses the qualitative risk identification methods and the quantitative risk assessment methods and techniques. It also explains in a detailed approach the risk management strategy and the process of managing risks, starting by the identification stage, and followed by the initial assessment and the response and mitigation stage. The risk management regime and the contingency management components are identified. The risk management tools and techniques are clarified through considering the risk and value management by different implemented case studies related to different Engineering fields. The principles of risk modeling will be introduced. Managing financial risks in major projects will be illustrated through case studies. Break‐Even, sensitivity and risk decision models will be discussed by examples.

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ELI 9200 - Planning and Project Management

 The course is intended to reveal and develop project management best practices. The student will learn the industrially accepted techniques associated with the management of time, cost, and scope in order to achieve total project stakeholder satisfaction. In absence of formal project management training, professionals in the work place can and do successfully run projects. The goal in this course is to expose the class to the most efficient, and widely recognized, project management practices and in so doing greatly increase their likelihood of managing successful projects during their careers. The expected outcome will be to develop workforce ready minds that easily integrate into any corporate culture. It is intended that the acquisition of skills developed in this course will prepare the student for pursuing the designation Project Management Professional, or at the very least, prepare the student to more effectively contribute to project type work.

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ELI 9300 - Design Driven Innovation

In this course, you will learn how design can be leveraged as a tool in the innovation process. Through the lens of human-centered design students will undertake a team project to address a problem that they identify in the world around them. Emphasis will be placed on better understanding the human needs at the core of problems in order to elicit insights that can aid in transforming an invention into an innovation. Upon completing this course, students will be able to set aside their own design biases, actively observe problems in the real world, construct user personas, perform insightful interviews, and create hypothesis driven prototypes to test customer reactions. Students should leave this course with a clearer sense of how design can be used as a tool, not just a deliverable.

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ELI 9310 - New Venture Creation

This course is for students who have an interest in entrepreneurship and the challenges of starting, growing, and managing a new venture. The purpose of this course is to develop your skills in relevant areas of new venture creation, especially as it relates to thinking about innovative products and services, recognizing/identifying opportunities, and acting on these ideas. The purpose of this course is also to encourage students to think broadly and collaboratively about entrepreneurship.

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ELI 9400 - Engineering Leadership

This course develops leadership success skills, providing insight into the behaviour of team members with regards to their individual tasks and interactions with both other team members and external contacts outside the team. Other topics include: vision and leading change, leading through crises, coaching, managing performance, and developing organizational culture. Students will also look at ethical perspectives in engineering practice and how bias impacts decision-making.

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ELI 9600 - Engineering Communications

In this course, you will learn how to collect, interpret, and communicate engineering research through professional writing and oral presentation. Emphasis will be on developing the practical business skills expected of an engineer with a professional graduate degree. Upon completing this course, you should be able to persuasively and dynamically showcase your expertise to a wide variety of audiences. You will also learn to critically assess professional and political discourse relevant to your profession and gain an awareness of the social contexts and implications of engineering research.

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ELI 9700 - Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership for Engineers provides a learning journey that takes a deep dive into understanding, activating, and developing your leader character. The course emerged from the Leadership on Trial global think tank, which identified character as a key requirement of next generation leaders. The first part of this course aims to increase awareness and development of your leader character and prepare you to embark on a journey of self-discovery, assessment, and reflection. In highly dynamic and complex contexts, leaders decision making requires profound judgment that is anchored in strength of character, in addition to having strong competencies. The second part of this course provides case-based opportunities to practice decision-making in situations relevant to engineering leaders, including strategic issues for smart supply chains, such as diversification, interorganizational relationships, and sustainability considerations.

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