Engineering Leadership & Innovation



Dr. Paul HunglerBeamish-Munro Hall, Rm 302paul.hungler@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 78788

Course Description

The course is designed to develop a range of skills essential for engineering professional practice in both the public and private sectors. The course will focus on Engineering Leadership and Innovation including its application in project management. Topics will include: leadership theories, ethical leadership, leading innovation, teaming and factors affecting innovation project management. Students will explore their own leadership and management abilities and develop their competencies in areas such as managing conflict, team dynamics, developing others, and creating vision and mission statements. The course content will be presented through lectures, case studies, panel discussions and other active learning activities. Through assignments, debates and reports students will be evaluated on their ability to communicate through professional writing and persuasive oral presentations.

Prerequisites: None.

Objectives and Outcomes


Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

By the end of this course, students should understand and be able to evaluate and propose solutions to a variety of situations arising in engineering professional practice:

CLO 1:      Foster the structure, composition and characteristics of high-performing engineering teams. 

CLO 2:      Demonstrate the ability to manage conflict, team dynamics and deliver constructive feedback.

CLO 3:      Compare different leadership styles, traits and skills and how they can be effectively utilized in various engineering situations.

CLO 4:      Investigate the importance of effective leadership and management in engineering innovation.

CLO 5:      Investigate the importance of ethics in engineering leadership.

CLO 6:      Design a personal leadership plan with specific strategies and goals to ensure life-long development as a leader in engineering.

CLO 7:      Create innovation strategies which align with an engineering organization’s goals, values and risk profile.

CLO 8:      Develop a project management plan to implement an innovative engineering product, process, or service.  

Relevance to the Program

Graduate Degree Level Expectations (GDLE)




Depth and breadth of knowledge

A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice. (CLO 3,4,5,7,8)

Level of Application of Knowledge

Competence in the research process by applying an existing body of knowledge in the critical analysis of a new question or of a specific problem or issue in a new setting. (CLO 1,2,4,6,7,8)

Professional Capacity / Autonomy

The exercise of initiative and of personal responsibility and accountability. (CLO 5,8)

Decision-making in complex situations. (CLO 2,4,5,7,8)

The intellectual independence required for continuing professional development. (CLO 6)

The ethical behaviour consistent with academic integrity and the use of appropriate guidelines and procedures for responsible conduct of research. (CLO 5)

The ability to appreciate the broader implications of applying knowledge to particular contexts (CLO 2,4,6,8)

Level of Communication skills

The ability to communicate ideas, issues and conclusions clearly. (CLO 1,2,5,6,7,8)

Course Structure and Activities

This course represents a study period of one semester spanning 12 consecutive weeks. Learners can expect to invest on average 1 hour per week online in this course and 3 hours per week in class (1 hour seminar and a 2 hour Active Learning Session), plus 3 hours of independent study. Learners who adhere to a pre-determined study schedule are more likely to successfully complete the course on time.


Required Textbook

Northhouse, P.G., (2016), Leadership Theory and Practice Seventh Edition. Sage Publications Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-4833-1753-3


Other Suggested resources

Goffin R., Mitchell, R., (2017) Innovation Management, Effective Strategy and Implementation, Third Edition, Macmillan International Higher Education.

ISBN: 978-1137373434


Other Materials

All other course materials can be found on the course website.