Green Bio-Products

Course Information

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Green Bio-Products offers a bold approach to professional graduate education. 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.

Course Overview

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.

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

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.

UBC Sauder School of Business Courses

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.

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