Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

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

Course Highlights - Queen's Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

The MEERL program’s unique curriculum design places the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the center of the program. Each phase of this life cycle will be evaluated successively through one of 4 lenses, or perspectives. 

These are the: economic and business lens (Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas Course – Parts I and II); legal, policy, regulatory, and ethical lens (Operating Framework Course), strategic leadership and management lens, including decision-making and risk analysis (Strategic Leadership Course); and stakeholder engagement, partnership development, communication lens (Communication and Partnership Course). 

The curriculum comprises 7 core courses focused on the resource life cycle and each of these lenses, along with a seminar-based course focused on the current state-of-the-art (Technology and Innovation Course).  Students may then select 3 of 4 electives offered that permit more detailed work in either energy, or minerals, or both (Minerals Life Cycle Course and Energy Life Cycle Course), along with a Field-based Synthesis Course and the opportunity to do a project, potentially derived from their workplace (Sector-focused Project Course).

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.

Resource Life Cycle  – Energy and Minerals

This curriculum element comprises 3 Courses: Resource Life Cycle Overview, Minerals Life Cycle Track, and Energy Life Cycle Track.  Resource Life Cycle Overview is a core course and prerequisite for the other 2 courses.  Minerals Life Cycle Track, Energy Life Cycle Track are electives and a student may choose to take one, or both. 

Resource Life Cycle Overview

This course will progress through an overview of the entire resource life cycle for energy and mineral commodities. The geological nature of the resource itself, its role as a commodity, and environmental aspects associated with its development, will be considered. Concepts of sustainable resource management, including emphasis on other related natural resources, such as ground and surface water, will be studied. The course will be completed within two terms, with the initial sessions being presented during the Program’s kick-off residential Orientation

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Minerals Life Cycle Track

This course is a more in-depth study of the minerals life cycle, considering resource aspects of geoscience and engineering, along with social, environmental, business and economic attributes, in an integrated manner.  Both technical and non-technical risk aspects and concepts of sustainability will be considered.

PREREQUISITE: Resource Life Cycle Overview

This is an elective course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Energy Life Cycle Track

This course is a more detailed and in-depth study specifically on the energy resource life cycle, including exploration, development, processing, marketing, and transport.  Topics will focus on conventional and unconventional petroleum resources.  Resource and business/economic aspects considered in an integrated manner will be examined, and technical and non-technical risk will be considered. Field/site visit fee may apply.

PREREQUISITE: Resource Life Cycle Overview

This is an elective course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Strategic Leadership in the Resource Sector

This course will be structured around four key elements of the role of a General Manager, as applied specifically to the management and leadership tasks inherent in the Resource Sector: Understanding business context and environment, providing direction and leadership, establishing priorities and meeting commitments, and leading change and innovation.

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas

This curriculum element comprises 2 courses.  Part I is entirely online and Part II is residential (face-to-face). 

Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part I

This course covers the basics of investment, financial analysis, project finance and risk pertinent to the resource extraction industries.  This includes investment opportunities, fundamentals of cash-flow analysis for decision making, risk analysis and project finance, and the relationship between projects and the enterprise.

PREREQUISITE - Resource Life Cycle Overview

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

 

Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part II

This course will build on Part I by broadening considerations from strictly financial measures to include integrated financial models which incorporate socio-economic and environmental considerations that are essential for decision making, stakeholder analysis, sustainable development, and negotiation and social license to operate.

PREREQUISITE - * Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part I

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Operating Effectively: Law, Policy, Regulation and Ethics

This course focuses on current and emerging legal, policy, and ethical issues at each stage of the resource discovery, acquisition, extraction, and closure process.  Students will improve their understanding of land and resource rights; aboriginal rights; corporate governance and social responsibility; climate change, environmental and resource regulation; permitting; community engagement and social license to operate; capital raising and disclosure obligations.

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Communication, and Partnerships: Stakeholder Engagement Strategies

This course will address conflict management, leadership, and teambuilding strategies, while fostering collaborative efforts and working practically on implementing communication plans.  The goal is to develop skills to address a multi-stakeholder business environment in the resource sector.

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

 

Cross-cutting elements

There are several courses designed to strengthen synthesis skills by allowing students to apply approaches and methodologies for integration.

Technology and Innovation

This course will be comprised of a monthly series of online seminars throughout the  4th and 5th terms.  The seminars will be hosted by subject matter experts and will address specific technical, scientific, and innovation topics, relevant to energy and mineral resources as identified and managed by the students.

This is a core course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Field-Based Synthesis

This course will provide intensive analysis of a case example that is an actual resource development challenge related to either energy or mineral development, or both.  Students will work in teams, as part of a field and/or site visit for approximately one week duration. Field trip fee may apply.

This is an elective course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Sector-Focused Project

This course provides flexibility for the student to focus on a topic of interest that is related to the content of the program, but not directly addressed by other course work.  A student may bring a pertinent challenge from their work setting or a project idea can be developed in consultation with the Program Director and program faculty.  All project plans must receive approval of the Program Director prior to commencing this course.

This is an elective course of the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership