Learning Outcomes

Curricular Requirements

The curricular component of the certificate recognizes learning completed by students during their engineering education. These requirements are met through course work or other structured learning environments provided by EWB or the student’s university.

For each course taken towards the certificate a grade of at least B, or the equivalent, must be achieved. EWB audits courses provided by partner institutions annually to determine which courses qualify for the three requirements.

Students earning the Engineers Without Borders Canada Certificate in Global Engineering must demonstrate they have completed three courses that cover three essential Global Engineering education topics:

Engineering and Society Course

This course will contain a globalization/sustainability element. EWB’s Online Introduction to Global Engineering and Core Global Engineering Concepts course is another option.

Option 1: campus based course

A course that focuses on the role of engineers in society with a specific focus on trends shaping engineering practice in a globalized world. This introductory course focuses on the same concepts as the online course, (what it means to be practice global engineering in the 21st Century.) but is delivered by the student’s university.

Option 2: an online course

An online introductory course focusing on what it means to practice global engineering in the 21st Century. The first part of the course provides the context and current impact of globalization on society, specifically targeting the application of appropriate technologies, facilitated by EWB. The second part will focus on how a global engineer relates to globalization,with an introduction into theories of change and systemic innovations delivered by a speaker series. Significant emphasis will be placed on social, environmental and economic consequences of engineering on society globally.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this requirement will:

  1. Be able to perform a critical analysis of engineering practice in a globalized world context.
  2. Be able to form opinions on how technology contributes to changes in society and vice-versa.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the historic and present role of engineers in global systems
  4. Possess a functional understanding of globalization and development as complex systems,
  5. Understand the role of engineering in systemic change
  6. Be aware of systemic failures in technical and societal systems
  7. Be able to evaluate and make decisions on technology, policy, and processes as leverage points for systemic change.

Discipline-Specific Global Engineering Practice

This course provides frameworks, techniques, and knowledge that enables Global Engineers to approach discipline-specific engineering problems practice in a globalized world as well as in low and middle income areas of the world. By the end of this class, the student will be in a better position to approach system level design to choose appropriate technology and resolve technical engineering issues in a globalized context.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this requirement will:

  1. Be equipped with a foundation to apply their technical skills in a global context
  2. Develop knowledge of the role of electrical/civil/chemical/mechanical engineers in global systems
  3. Understand system level design to develop appropriate engineering projects in a globalized context.
  4. Possess competency in exploring complex disciplinary technical problems
  5. Have knowledge of appropriate discipline specific tools for the engineering design in different international contexts.

Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Learning Experience or Course

An interdisciplinary team project involving the application of engineering principles, design, and project management concepts. This includes the theory, experience and practice of project management (including an awareness of generally accepted project management principles, team management and conflict resolution, and the structure of both project and team.) As well, an exploration of ancillary topics that commonly affect project outcome. This could potentially be a review of Global Engineering projects, including EWB’s work in Africa.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this requirement will:

  1. Practice their awareness of globalization and its impact on engineering projects
  2. Demonstrate leadership and interdisciplinary team skills
  3. Practice and apply disciplinary technical skills in a global engineering project
  4. Demonstrate effective communications
  5. Develop an understanding the dynamics present within a team, risk management, diagnosing common project problems
  6. Knowledge of Global Engineering Projects, and common attributes of successful and unsuccessful projects.

Co-Curricular Requirements

This certificate component recognizes extracurricular activities and work experiences that contribute to the student’s broader development as a Global Engineer. Through these activities, students will gain opportunities to enhance their leadership, teamwork, and communications skills: the core competencies of a leader.

Students will demonstrate:

  • Commitment
    • having the energy, ability, and determination to serve a group and its goals
  • Congruence
    • understanding the connection between own values and those of the group
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • being self-aware of the values, attitudes, and beliefs that motivate him/her to act and commit
  • Collaboration
    • working with others towards a common goal while sharing responsibility, accountability, and knowledge
    • having the ability to increase group effectiveness by capitalizing on and nurturing various perspectives, viewpoints, and talents, and using these various perspectives, viewpoints, and talents to the benefit of the group as a whole
  • Common Purpose
    • reevaluating and adjusting strategy and goals based on the changing needs of the individual/group
  • Community
    • having the ability to recognize the systemic lens of contributions to the group/organization on a local to international level
  • Change
    • demonstrating the importance of making a better society and world for oneself and others
    • demonstrating individuals and communities are capable of working together to create change
Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop leadership skills including communication, listening, global collaboration, and ethics; an ability to participate in, foster and motivate teams, and a willingness to seize new opportunities.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop and iterate on plans based on identified goals and objectives, and to foster innovation.
  3. Demonstrate ability to monitor and reflect on personal leadership and progress.
  4. Deepen understanding and appreciation of the complexity and value found in connections with team members.
  5. Participate in building a community for global engineering leaders to connect and learn together.
  6. Develop the Core Competencies of a leader

Co-curricular Streams

To meet co-curricular requirements students must submit a learning portfolio based on one of the following streams below. Students are requested to document their learning experiences by identifying how each co-curricular experience meets one or more learning outcomes. For major employment or extracurricular experiences a reference letter is requested.

Option A Option B Option C
1. Leadership Experience in nonprofit, government, or industry — 120 hours 1. Leadership Role on campus that applies learning outcomes from courses included in the certificate — 120 hours 1. Requirements of Option A OR Option B (Modified)
2. Experiential Leadership through short-term involvement in leadership training — 20 hours 2. Engineering Practice on a real-world engineering project — 70 hours 2. Share Experience via Interactive Learning Session
3. Intensive Volunteer Experience OR Study/Research Experience Abroad — 120 hours 3. Experiential Leadership through short-term involvement in leadership training — 120 hours 3. Mentorship of protégé entering the program