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Notes

  1. PD1 and PD2 are required courses for co-op students in all Faculties except Engineering. PD1 is required in the academic term prior to the first work term and PD2 is required during the first work term.
  2. PD20 and PD21 are required courses for students in the Faculty of Engineering. PD20 is required on the first work term and PD21 is required on the second work term.
  3. All PD courses, with the exception of PD1, are to be taken during work terms.
  4. Students are to take only one PD course per work term unless they are repeating a previously failed PD course.

 

PD 00s


PD 1 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012559
Co-op Fundamentals
This course will explore aspects of career development related to preparing for and being successful in co-op work terms, such as understanding CECA policies and procedures, using JobMine, preparing resumes, interviewing effectively, meeting employers' expectations and preparing work term reports.
Prereq: Co-op students only; Not open to Engineering students
Only offered Online

PD 2 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012636
Critical Reflection and Report Writing
This course will develop students' analytical, critical thinking, and report writing skills by focusing on critical reflection and thinking, analysis, and best practices in report writing. This course will lead students through the creation of a report to the co-op guidelines for work-term reports.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Co-op students only; Not open to Engineering students
Only offered Online

PD 3 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012637
Communication
In this course, students will come to understand the nature and function of communication, particularly communication in the workplace, with a view to assessing, monitoring, and improving their own communications skills. At the end of this course, students will be equipped to converse cordially with peers; collaborate more effectively in teams; give and receive clear instructions and messages; resolve conflicts amicably; and appreciate the ethical dimensions of workplace communication.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 4 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012770
Teamwork
An introduction to the processes and skill required of high-performance teams. Application of teamwork skills to decision making, conflict resolution and leadership. Development of self-awareness and relational skills to improve one's ability to collaborate effectively, give and receive assistance, and empower others. Personal reflection and case discussion is integrated with observations of teamwork in the co-op experience work environment.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 5 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012988
Project Management
This course is intended to provide students with knowledge of basic project management techniques and practices while placing these within their organizational context. Students should understand how these techniques and practices are used and the human issues in their application.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 6 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012989
Problem Solving
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to problem solve effectively in today's workplaces. Emphasis is on understanding how both critical and creative thinking can be applied to workplace problems as well as identifying the barriers that can interfere with the problem solving process. Students will have the opportunity to apply a variety of problem solving strategies in order to develop their own Problem Solving Action Plan.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 7 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012990
Conflict Resolution
This course will help students analyze and understand typical sources of conflict in the workplace, individual and group conflicts, mediation, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, working with difficult people, and how to recover from conflict. Students will develop a personal vision/model of conflict and communication skills.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 8 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014258
Intercultural Skills
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in today's culturally and linguistically diverse workplaces. Emphasis is on understanding how cultural values shape our everyday behaviours, attitudes, thinking processes, and communication styles. Students will examine their own cultural preferences, become familiar with key models used to described cultures, and apply intercultural concepts and tools to analyze cultural issues in the workplace.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 9 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014451
Ethical Decision Making
Borrowing from philosophy, game theory, and economics, this course equips students with the theoretical knowledge required to objectively evaluate and discuss ethical issues in the workplace. It provides students with practical advice regarding how to make ethical decisions in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Topics include the ethics of profit-making, why good people make bad decisions, moral hazard, and personal responsibility in group contexts.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: COOP students only
Only offered Online

PD 20 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013870
Engineering Workplace Skills I: Developing Reasoned Conclusions
An introduction to critical thinking and communication in the workplace for co-op engineering students. Students will practise general critical thinking and communication skills to assess evidence, interpret textual and visual information, and work through ethical and professional situations. Topics include: the role of self-reflection in successful professional development, admitting ignorance to develop improved knowledge, understanding arguments, evaluating evidence, communicating conclusion and findings, recognizing and avoiding bias, and application to professional conduct.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: Engineering students only
Only offered Online

PD 21 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013871
Engineering Workplace Skills II: Developing Effective Plans
An introduction to problem formulation and problem strategies in the workplace for co-op engineering students. Students will practice defining problems, developing solution plans, and creating technical and non-technical presentations of plans. Topics include: translating client requirements into technical requirements, using SWOT analysis to identify high priority problems and issues, typical solution strategies, brainstorming, appropriate use of technology, assessing potential solution strategies for risk and impact on employer, public and environment, identifying specific tasks along with their priorities, developing and following work schedules, and communication to team members, organizational members, clients, and the public.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: Engineering students only
Only offered Online

PD 22 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014339
Professionalism and Ethics in Engineering Practice
This course provides a framework for understanding professionalism and ethics within society as reflected through practice in the field of professional engineering. Course topics on professionalism include: the history of engineering and professions, the licensing of professional engineers and the certification of the practice of offering engineering services to the public, and the regulation of professional engineering in Ontario through Professional Engineers Ontario. Course topics on ethics include: the philosophy of ethics and the Code of Ethics, the philosophy of justice, and the definition and disciplining of professional misconduct. Case studies will apply these principles to workplace situations including factors such as environmental ethics, whistle blowing, conflict of interest, and health and safety.
[Note: Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: Co-op students only.
Antireq: ECE 290
Only offered Online