Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership
Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Program Description:Queen's Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Program

Program Description - Queen's Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Program Structure

The unique curriculum design places the progression of the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the center of the program.  This life cycle moves from resource exploration, through  development, production and use, to stages of remediation, recycling and disposal, and on to a final stage of closure and maintenance.  Each phase of this life cycle will be evaluated successively through one of four lenses, or perspectives.  These are: the economic and business lens, the operating framework of legal, policy, regulatory, and ethical lens, the strategic leadership and management lens (including decision-making, and risk analysis), and the stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and communication lens.

The curriculum comprises seven core courses focused on the resource life cycle and each of these lenses, along with a seminar-based course focused on state-of-the-art technology and innovation.  Students may then select electives that permit more detailed work in either energy, or minerals, or both, along with a field-based synthesis course and the opportunity to do a sector-focused project, potentially derived from their workplace.  This approach will provide the student with the most rigorous training for leadership competencies in analyzing options and risk, understanding interconnections in both natural and commercial systems, and optimizing trade-offs when developing natural resources.

Leaders and experts from the energy and minerals/mining sectors will serve as guest lecturers, advisors/mentors for student and team projects, and Adjunct Faculty to bring real-life case examples to the students for dissection, discussion, analysis and decision recommendations.  Students will receive feedback on their recommendations and presentations which are to be delivered in a business format.  This engagements with industry practitioners will be done by a pioneering combination of both in person (face-to-face) and online interaction.

The Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership is delivered in a technology-enriched online/residential instructional format.  Full lectures (audio and video) plus other course materials are available on-demand, and faculty and students routinely communicate via contemporary electronic media.  Live sessions are periodically conducted via web conferencing, allowing faculty, guest speakers, and students to communicate directly.  Students receive the same instruction and complete the same kinds of assignments as they would in a traditional graduate classroom setting using communication facilities and technologies.

Students enter the program in January 2017.  The second cohort will enter the program in September 2017, and a September program entry date thereafter.   Typical enrollment is two courses per term (fall, winter, summer) year-round, with completion in 20 months.

Degrees Offered

MEERL  – 20 months, 20% residential and 80% online, can be completed while students remain employed.

Method of Completion

There are 7 core courses and 4 elective courses (need to choose 3 electives only)

Core Courses (student to complete all 7)

EERL - 801* Resource Life Cycle Overview
EERL - 802* Strategic Leadership in the Resource Sector
EERL - 803* Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part I
EERL - 804* Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part II
EERL - 805* Operating Effectively: Law, Policy, Regulation and Ethics
EERL - 806* Communication, and Partnerships:  Stakeholder Engagement Strategies
EERL - 807* Technology and Innovation

Elective Courses (student to select 3 of the 4 courses)

EERL - 808* Minerals Life Cycle Track
EERL - 809* Energy Life Cycle Track
EERL - 810* Field-Based Synthesis
EERL - 811* Sector-Focused Project

Curriculum Design

The unique curriculum design of this program places the progression of the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the center or core of the program.  This life cycle moves from resource exploration, through development, production and use, to stages of remediation, recycling and disposal, and on to a final stage of decommissioning, closure and maintenance.  Each phase of this life cycle will be evaluated successively through one of 4 lenses, or perspectives.  These are the (1)  economic and business lens, (2)operating framework of legal, policy, regulatory, and ethical lens, (3) strategic leadership and management lens, and  stakeholder engagement, partnership development, communication lens. There are also four themes that cross-cut, and are woven throughout the entire program.  These are (1) informed decision-making and risk appraisal, (2) integration and synthesis, (3) innovation and applied problem-solving through combined analytical and critical thinking and (4) non-advocacy and taking a balanced approach toward consideration of both resource development and environmental impacts. Key features of the program include: use of contemporary case examples, strong engagement with industry leaders and experts, and group and team projects and analysis.