ENGR 155: Leadership in Engineering Student Organizations

Upcoming offerings

Fall 2018
Section 1 (First half), Tuesday 3:40 – 5:30 p.m. with 25 students


This course is designed to educate student organization leaders in the College of Engineering, provide an overview of concepts related to organizational leadership, create a framework for understanding organizational dynamics, analyze the leader’s roles and responsibilities in organizational leadership and develop skills to critically evaluate organizational purpose and function. The primary focus of this course is on building and sustaining thriving Engineering student organizations at Iowa State University. Students will explore apathy within members in organizations, develop a strategic plan for their student organization, and plan an event/program.

1 credit, over eight weeks
Fall 2016 Syllabus (PDF)

Course learning objectives

By the end of the course each student will:

  • Define the mission and the espoused values of their student organization in the College of Engineering.
  • Develop a strategic plan for their engineering student organization.
  • Explain the relevance of small-group communication theory to the practice of working in small groups and teams in engineering contexts; explain the value of productive team conflict and generate ways to resolve team conflict.
  • Evaluate current events hosted by engineering student organizations in order to develop best practices and mission-driven programming.
  • Develop leadership capacity in new group members that engage in engineering focused student organizations.
  • Identify sources to support in the College of Engineering and on campus for student organizations and student leaders.
  • Participate in a local site visit of a local engineering company and discuss the dynamics of building effective teams in industry.