The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering offers a bold approach to professional graduate education in engineering. Sixty per cent of the courses you’ll take are technical in nature and offered through the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. The remaining 40 per cent are business courses offered through UBC Sauder School of Business.
Many courses use a flipped classroom format. This means you are expected to independently review course content ahead of classroom time through assigned readings and lecture videos. The classes themselves are then an opportunity for engaged learning – discussing and applying what you’ve learned through case studies, group project work, experiments and demonstrations.
Winter term: January to April
CEEN 501: Energy System Fundamentals
This course will focus on the thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion processes, power cycles and refrigeration cycles, energy analysis of conventional energy systems and thermal conversion technologies. As a prerequisite, you must have completed a course in thermodynamics at the second-year level.
CEEN 523: Energy & The Environment
The course will cover energy, environment and society interactions, the development of energy resources, energy demand and its determinants, the policy dimension of energy and climate change, impacts on ecosystems, life-cycle analysis and impact assessment and other tools for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of alternative energy sources.
APPP 503: Organizational Leadership
Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
BA 580B: Strategy & Innovation
This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations. Strategic management involves analysis, planning and execution of initiatives that achieve objectives in support of organizational goals. Innovation generally involves the development of revolutionary new or evolutionary improvements to existing ideas, methods, products, services, or combinations thereof that are adopted. The course will also consider the changing nature of organizational strategy and innovation in an environment of increasing globalization, digitization and automation. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship will be recurring themes throughout the course. The course will emphasize actionable lessons and models that students, regardless of their professional or academic backgrounds, can apply in practice to create tangible and valuable outcomes across organizational types, growth stages, and industries.
APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences
Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries.
Summer term: May to August
CEEN 503: Sustainable Energy Systems
Students will explore planetary thermodynamics, energy system evolution, energy services, the role of renewable energy sources, alternative energy technologies such as solar, wind, small-scale hydro, tidal, geothermal, electrochemical (batteries, capacitors and fuel cells) and biochemical, electromechanical conversion processes and the techno-economic assessment of alternative energy technologies.
CEEN 504: Energy Storage & Transmission
This course analyzes energy systems from resource extraction to energy services. It also covers the storage and transport components of energy systems, system optimization (including smart grid and the transmission and distribution design for electrical and thermal systems) and distributed generation systems.
APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders
An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This course offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting, Strategy and Performance, Market Evaluation, Operations Management, Negotiations and Contract Management and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
Fall term: September to December
CEEN 525: Energy Policy
This course covers energy policy process and governance, including sustainable energy as a social and political challenge, formal government structures and process, actors in the policy, policy analysis, policy instrument and energy-planning and approval processes and environmental assessment. It will also introduce demand-side energy policy.
CEEN 550: Energy Efficiency & Conservation
The course will focus on the engineering concepts of demand side management (DSM), including energy auditing, analysis of buildings, industrial equipment, measurement and verification and system data analysis. The course also covers energy-efficient technologies for green buildings and industrial processes, behaviour and energy use and DSM policy concepts.
APPP 506: Capstone Project
A capstone design project gives students experience in leading complex multidisciplinary projects relevant to their professional specialization. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
UBC Sauder School of Business Business Course
Students can choose a UBC Sauder Business Course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest. Options include (subject to change):
BA580B – 201: Strategy & Innovation
This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations.
BASC 550: Operations and Logistics
This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.
BAMA 505-001: Business Development
This course uses the Business Development = Sales = Essential skill for business people = everyone today is in the business of selling thinking. This course is focused on the learning of foundational skills with the intention of enabling students to create better and more successful selling encounters in whatever career they pursue.
APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership
This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.