3.6: LMDM in First Year

Marnie V. Jamieson and John Donald

Workshop Introduction

This workshop describes the application of a Leadership Management Development Model (LMDM) to assess the intentional development of leadership and management competences in the first year engineering design curriculum at the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph.  Using the LMDM, developed by the authors, first-year course activities were captured and mapped to leadership and management frameworks, and categorized according to the CEAB Graduate Attributes. The two first-year engineering design course syllabi were compared and analysed on many aspects (e.g., self-leadership, societal impacts, relationship management) and supported by a series of comparative charts and tables based on the LMDM.

The authors will present the preliminary results, which indicate the model is effective at capturing and comparing engineering leadership and management functional coverage in the engineering curriculum. This information provides relevant insights, both within and between programs, that can act as an evidenced-based frame for improving the courses with respect to leadership and management development content.

Ultimately the authors hope the framework can help engineering programs develop, plan, and assess undergraduate professional and contextual skill development in learning activities and the curriculum. We hope to support the development of non-technical engineering skills at the same level and rigour as technical skills.


Dr. Marnie Jamieson, P.Eng.

MARNIE V. JAMIESON is a teaching professor at the University of Alberta. She is currently the William Magee Chair in chemical process design and leads the process design and first year design teaching teams. Her current research focuses on engineering design and leadership, the engineering graduate attributes and their intersection with sustainability, learning culture, and continuous course and program improvement.

Dr. John Donald, P.Eng.

JOHN R. DONALD is an associate professor at the University of Guelph with over 25 years of leadership experience in post-secondary education and engineering consulting. John is a past president (2017-18) and fellow (2020) of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), and founder of the Guelph Engineering Leadership Program. His current research focuses on engineering leadership and development of professional skills in the engineering design curriculum.


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