Green Bio-Products

Course Information

The MEL in Green Bio-Products is a 12-month, full-time program starting in January. Many of the courses you take will adopt a flipped classroom format. This means that you will be expected to review course content ahead of classroom time, through readings or watching lecture videos. During classroom time, you’ll be engaged in discussions and activities to apply what you’ve learned. This could include case studies, group project work, and experiments and demonstrations.

Green Bio-Products Courses

Winter term: January to April

GBPR 500: Building Blocks of Forest Biomass
The area of green bio-products offers opportunities to develop green, sustainable products and chemistries to replace oil-based products and fuels. This course provides the foundation material for the entire program. The curriculum is designed to help students understand the chemistry and construction of the ultrastructure of forest biomass and its potential when the individual components are isolated. The course will also introduce students to different renewable lignocellulosic biomass, the macroscopic and ultrastructural organization of the plant cell wall, including its chemical structure and arrangement of the array of polymers and soluble components synthesized by energy crops, as well as related characterization methods.

GBPR 501: Biomass Conversion Chemistry
The course expands on the material presented in GBPR 500 and exposes students to a number of methodologies to separate the individual components of the wood ultrastructure, and separates the chemistry and technology of biomass fractionation into its constituent components. The chemistry and technology of pulping, bleaching, fibrillation and production of reactive intermediates (e.g. lignin macromolecules or soluble saccharides) will be examined. The course will also consider the changes in structure and properties of wood polymers and pulps in the pulping process and will examine novel conversion systems.

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.

APPP 501: Project Management & Leadership
Develop skills for leading complex multidisciplinary projects by using management processes that include: project management frameworks, standards, planning, scheduling and estimating, communication and risk management. Case studies in industry-relevant project management will be incorporated into the course. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

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

GBPR 502: Sustainable Biomaterials from Forest Biomass
This course covers the production pathways for biomaterials. The content focuses on the re-construction methodology of the separated components of the fibre into biopolymers and biomaterials, and covers the fundamentals of polysaccharide chemistry and derivatives with industrial examples, including wood composites and biocomposites and carbon fibre from lignin. It includes biomimicry-inspired functional products.

APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders (August Boot Camp)
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 Boot Camp 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

GBPR 503: Bioenergy Technology & Policy
This course focuses on the development of green, sustainable products and chemistries to replace oil-based fuels. It builds upon knowledge gained in GBPR 500, Building Blocks of Forest Biomass, which ensures that the students have mastery of knowledge related to the chemistry and construction of the ultrastructure of forest biomass specifically relevant to designing new products and processes with biomaterials, and GBPR 501, Biomass Conversion Chemistry, which breaks the chemistry and technology of biomass fractionation down into its constituent components.

GBPR Elective
Course selection to be made by the student and discussed with and approved by the program director.

Sauder Business Course
Students can choose a 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.

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