CELI Course Responsibilities

The Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation is responsible for the following courses:

  • Undergraduate

  • Grad - MEng

  • Grad - Research

  • ADMI

Undergraduate courses CELI is responsible for:

ES 1050 - Foundations of Engineering Practice

Introduction to the principles and practices of professional engineering. The design studio fosters innovative thinking, improves problem-solving, and provides context. Includes elements of need recognition, conceptualization, prototyping, and engineering design to satisfy commercial specifications. Emphasis on creativity, teamwork, communication and engineering skills necessary to practice in any engineering discipline.

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ELI 3000A/B - Managing the Innovation Process

This course targets the essential aspects of building technology-based businesses and how to identify technology innovation capability for use within existing businesses or new start-ups. Students analyze the firm's goals, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities leading to reasonable marketing strategies and action plans. Students learn to make decisions in the face of uncertainty.

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ELI 3200A/B - New Venture Creation

This course highlights new venture creation and technology innovation. The entrepreneurial process is introduced as a path to market that includes searching for and screening new ideas, planning development, and starting up new ventures. The course delivery, through the Ivey Business School case method, fosters learning within an active class environment.

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ELI 4100A/B - Leadership and Corporate Entrepreneurship

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. The focus of this course will be on applying these skills to leading corporate entrepreneurship.

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ELI 4110F/G - Eng Ethics, Sustainable Development and Law

This course will cover professionalism, ethical theory, the code of ethics and enforcement; the environment; and contracts and risk.

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ELI 4200A/B - The Entrepreneurial Environment

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the intersection between entrepreneurship and strategy. While entrepreneurship involves understanding the challenges of starting, growing and managing a new venture, strategic management focuses on achieving and sustaining superior firm performance over time. The entrepreneurial environment course will provide you with practical strategy foundations that are needed to assess the internal and external environment that entrepreneurs will encounter and to formulate appropriate strategy.

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IE 2297A/B - Integrated System Engineering & Design

Introduction to classical system engineering and associated methods, tools and practices, with application experienced through team-based, interdisciplinary design projects. Students build life-long learning skills while working in self-directed teams to gain knowledge across topics that include the System Engineering V-model, human-centered design, modeling and optimization, Design for X, sustainability, risk management and human decision making.

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IE 4490A/B, IE 4491A/B - Integrated Engineering Research Project

This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to engineering research, with the intent of encouraging them to continue to graduate school. Individual students are paired with a single instructor and provided with a range of research projects to choose from based on their shared interests. The projects are scaled so that they can be completed by a single student within a term of hard work, with the intent to publish at the end. The student and instructor collaborate to develop a specific project outline. Students start with a literature review, a basic outline of research attack and methodology, do the experiment or simulation and then write it up with the assistance of the instructor. Weekly meetings with the instructor provide guidance. By the end the course, students will have gained an understanding of how engineering research is conducted, and it is expected that most will be able to publish the results of their work. IE 4490A/B may be taken in any term and may be repeated for credit as IE 4491A/B, with the approval of the instructor and the undergraduate chair for the student’s engineering program.

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IE 4499 - Interdisciplinary Eng Design Project

Students develop and practice engineering design skills by working on an interdisciplinary team-based project. The students will experience all phases of the design process, including: problem definition, generation and evaluation of concepts, engineering analysis and testing, and preparation of design documentation. Project management and communications skills will also be emphasized.

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These courses are offered to help MEng 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 - Engineering 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 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 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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Restricted to GDip students:

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 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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Business Courses - Open to PhD and MESc students

Opportunities for professional development for students who wish to develop skills related to industrial careers.

ELI 9701 - Business Acumen

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic business fundamentals in a variety of areas and to lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Targeted at research students in the PhD program, this course is designed to develop literacy in business language and basic concepts. While the course will not make a student an expert in business, it provides a foundation to a broad range of business subjects.  Attendance to all classes is mandatory. 

For more information on the course schedule and course outline please click here.

ELI 9703 - Project Management

The Faculty of Engineering has developed an online module to provide Research Students with a basic understanding of Project Management. 

Interested students may enrol through Student Center as of April 1st. Please note that all academic deadlines apply for this course. At the end of the term, if you have successfully completed all modules, you will receive a grade of PAS. If you do not complete all modules, a mark of F will appear on your academic record. 

For more information on the course schedule and course outline please click here.

ELI 9705 - Technology Commercialization

The purpose of this course is to develop the business skills that are required to be a successful Technology Entrepreneur on the world stage.  Students will learn the requisite skills to do a proper worldwide “market map”, determine their unique and sustainable technology advantage, how to value their innovation, how to protect their innovation, how to approach strategic partners for mutual success, and how to capitalize these activities when you have no money.  Attendance to all classes is mandatory. 

For more information on the course schedule and course outline please click here.