PD20: Engineering Workplace Skills I: Developing Reasoned Conclusions

PD20: Engineering Workplace Skills I: Developing Reasoned Conclusions helps students develop the critical thinking and communication skills they need to succeed as engineers. Is it acceptable to admit you don’t know anything about a problem or a question? How do you collect information and confirm its legitimacy? Is there a difference between public and private morality? Students who take PD20 answer these questions and begin their professional development journey.

What do PD20 students do?

  • Identify different biases encountered in the workplace
  • Examine communication for specific audiences
  • Understand an engineer's role and responsibility in ethical decision making

Student testimonials

  • "The course had some aspects that I could immediately implement into my workplace such as: how to research and find information properly, and how to examine that information without biases."
  • "The course helped me link my previous preconceptions and realize my bias or why I was accused of being wrong. This led me to correct my behaviour to become a better teammater and worker in the workplace environment. It has held countless benefits in my applications to real life scenarios and allowed me to solve conflicts on my own."

Course instructor

Greg Andres

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Dr. Andres is a continuing lecturer within the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He earned his first bachelor’s degree in theology from a small college in southern Saskatchewan and pursued his growing interest in philosophy at the University of Waterloo, where he successfully obtained bachelor's and masters degrees. He then attended the University of Western Ontario for his doctoral studies, focusing on one question: which logic — if any — is the correct logic?

Since then, Dr. Andres has returned to the University of Waterloo to pursue his passion for teaching. Greg’s enthusiasm and thought-provoking lectures engage students and frequently result in animated debates in and out of the classroom. Greg was recognized for his exceptional teaching with the Arts Teaching Award in 2013.

Contact information

You can reach the PD20 course team at pd20@uwaterloo.ca.