The Engineering Leadership Minor consists of five courses, three required courses and two electives. A Leadership Development Course, a final Leadership Project course and the Industrial Engineering course Organization Planning and Control make up the three required courses. An ethics elective provides a basic framework for the understanding of human interaction and behavior. A Quantitative Decision Making Elective provides students with the skills required to understand financial decision making they will face in leadership roles.

IE 382 Leadership Development

  • Teamwork and self-knowledge
  • Confidence to lead change
  • Effective communication & presentation skills
  • Mentoring and coaching others

IE 281 Leadership Project

  • Use the skills learned in a team-based atmosphere to attack a real-world problem
  • Work with real companies/organizations to design, build and implement solutions
  • Interact with industry experts

IE 334 Organization Planning and Control

  • Leading change in the workplace
  • Efficient organization development
  • Analyzing existing organization structure
  • Case studies of companies and organizations
  • Field trips to companies

Quantitative Decision Making Elective Choices (Choose One)

  • Enhance technical analysis and analytical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving case studies
  • Creative use of information to make decisions

Ethics Elective Choices (Choose One)

  • Understand human interaction and behavior
  • Analyse case studies of ethical decisions and their impact
  • Nature, foundation and examination of right and wrong
  • Leading with integrity and conscience

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The Leadership Development Course provides a background in a range of topics that pertain to leadership skills. Exploration and critical analysis of theories, principles, and processes of effective leadership. Managing diverse teams, communication, and ethics associated with leadership. Application of knowledge to personal and professional life through projects and team assignments.

The Leadership Project course provides an opportunity to use the skills learned throughout the program in a team-based, real-world industrial project. Students will apply the leadership principles they have learned with actual industry projects.

Organization Planning and Control provides an understanding of how business organizations function, both properly and improperly. Design of organization and procedures for managing functions of industrial engineering. Analysis and design of resources planning and control, including introduction of change in man-machine systems; manpower management and wage administration.

Economic analysis of engineering projects; interest rate factors, methods of evaluation, depreciation, replacement, break-even analysis, after-tax analysis. Decision-making under certainty and risk. Prerequisite: IE 111 or MATH 231, either previously or concurrently.

The planning and management of civil engineering projects. Modeling and optimization methods, project management techniques. Financial decision-making among alternatives. Present value and discounted cash flow analysis; incremental analysis and rate-of-return criteria. (ES 1, ED 2)

Economic, political, cultural, and ideological globalization presents two ethical challenges: (1) Are there universally acceptable answers to the question of how humans should live their lives? That is, can there be a global ethics? (2) What are justifiable responses to the variety of moral issues facing the peoples of the world as a result of current globalizaton? This course addresses the first question by examining the moral perspectives of a variety of different ethical outlooks, including Euro-American, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, African, and Islamic traditions. The second question is addressed by examining a number of serious moral problems arising from globalization, including the increasing gap between the rich so-called First World nations and the poor so-called Third World nations, global environment degradation, and war and terrorism. Dillon (HU)

Examination of right and wrong, good and bad, from classic sources such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Mill and Nietzsche. (HU)

Moral issues that arise in the context of health care and related biomedical fields in the United States today, examined in the light of the nature and foundation of moral rights and obligations. Topics include: confidentiality, informed consent, euthanasia, medical research and experimentation, genetics, the distribution of health care, etc. (HU)

An examination of the moral rules and action guides that govern various professions. Professions to be examined will include health (physician and nursing); legal; counseling and psychiatry; engineering; military; clergy; teaching. Attention will be given to modes of ethical reasoning and how those modes are practically applied in professional life and activity. Among issues to be discussed, will be the limits of confidentiality; employer authority; power relationships; obligations to the public; professional rights; sexual boundaries; whistle-blowing; safety and risk; computer ethics; weapons development; discrimination; professional review of ethical infractions. Course will include guest lectures and case studies. Steffen (HU)

Examination of significant questions addressed by contemporary moral philosophers. Topics vary, but might include: What is a good person? Can a woman be good in the same way as a man? Is morality relative or absolute? Is morality all that important? Prerequisite: PHIL 105 or consent of the instructor. (HU)

Impact of technology on society in relation to ethical problems raised by the exploitation of technological innovations. Illustrations from history, social studies, philosophy, literature, and film. Cutcliffe (SS)

An interactive exploration of the current and future role of computers, the Internet, and related technologies in changing the standard of living, work environments, society and its ethical values. Privacy, security, depersonalization, responsibility, and professional ethics; the role of computer and Internet technologies in changing education, business modalities, collaboration mechanisms, and everyday life. Nagel (SS)

Exploration of science, health, and environmental controversies from the dual perspectives of scientific uncertainty and mass media coverage. Examines genetic engineering and biotechnology, environmental health risks, and human behavior research. Includes discussion of ethical and social responsibilities and interactions of scientists, journalists, and the public. S. Friedman (SS)