FPEN 411: Professional Development Seminar


Objectives: To guide students in defining career goals and objectives, and to introduce them to the code of ethics in engineering.

Description: The course teaches students about their responsibilities towards employer, colleagues, subordinates, the community, and local businesses. Emphasis is on skills development and continuing education, leadership, teamwork, and trust. It exposes students to methods of developing professional profile (Curriculum vitae, etc.), interviewing, negotiation, and job appraisal. It provides an understanding of the food industry and career options including consulting and setting up professional practice.

Reading list

  1. Benator, B. & Thumann, A. (2003) Project Management and Leadership Skills for Engineering and Construction Projects Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York.
  2. Ellis, G. (2015) Project Management in Product Development: Leadership Skills and Management Techniques to Deliver. Butterworth-Heinemann publications
  3. Goldberg, D.E., (2006). The Entrepreneurial Engineer: Personal, Interpersonal, and Organizational Skills for Engineers in a World of Opportunity. John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey
  4. Riggio, R.E., & Tan, S.J. (2014) Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills: The Soft Skills of Leadership Taylor & Francis