Zachary Seguin

PD Courses

PD 1 – Career Fundamentals

This course is a combination of career development advice and work search information. Topics include preparing résumés, developing interview skills and preparing for success in the workplace. Program specific information is provided for students pursuing different forms of work integrated education.

PD 2 – 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.

PD 3 – 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.

PD 4 – 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.

PD 5 – 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.

PD 6 – 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.

PD 7 – 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.

PD 8 – 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.

PD 9 – 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.

PD 10 – Professional Responsibility in Computing

This course considers many of the legal and ethical issues that arise in the development of software and digital-content products or services that are to be sold to the public. Course topics include laws that impose obligations on products or producers (e.g., privacy laws, accessibility laws, intellectual-property laws, regulated industries); contracts (e.g., licenses, warranties, privacy policies); and ethical responsibilities to employers, clients, the users of products, and to society as a whole.

PD 11 – Processes for Technical Report Writing

This course develops flexible and broadly applicable report writing skills by involving students in various stages of the writing process, from drafting to revision. Students develop context-specific content for their own technical report and learn strategies for peer review.

PD 12 – Reflection and Learning in the Workplace

This course strengthens self-awareness and goal-setting in the workplace and, by extension, in academic and personal life. Students set, track, and meet goals. They assess their own progress and performance. Students learn to adapt to changing situations, to take initiative and responsibility, and to effectively accept assignments. This course helps students transfer both classroom and workplace learning to new contexts.

PD 13 – Research in the Workplace

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of the purpose and process of undertaking research in the workplace. Using examples from student, faculty, and employer projects, students will explore research processes while reflecting upon their own research skills and interests. Topics include ethical and responsible research, research methods, and the critical consumption of research.

PD 20 – 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.

PD 21 – 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.

PD 22 – 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.