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MANAGEMENT FOCUS

EMGT330 Introduction to Engineering Management (UNDERGRADUATE ONLY)

Surveys issues important to the management of engineering activities and technological organizations. Topics include such things as the relationship of engineering and technology to management disciplines, the functions of a technical manager, principles and techniques for quality processes, project management, process management, logistics, legal issues, ethics, human resources, communication and organizational behavior.

EMGT497 Special Topics in Engineering Management (UNDERGRADUATE ONLY)

Examines particular engineering management topics of current interest and/or new courses for engineering management and other students.  Requires consent of instructor or specific prerequisites.

EMGT520 Accounting for Technical Managers, Management

An introduction to accounting principles and practices as related to financial and managerial accounting. The uses of accounting information and the means by which pertinent accounting data are gathered and analyzed for internal purposes and management decisions.

EMGT521 Financial Management in a Technical Environment, Management

A comprehensive survey of financial concepts, techniques, instruments, and procedures which are related to the financial structure, assets management, dividend policy, and the capital budgeting decisions of a firm. Basic skills in financial analysis are developed. Operations of domestic and international financial markets are covered.

EMGT522 Leadership, Change and Organizational Culture, Management

This course reviews the management literatures on leadership and organizational culture. It explores that interaction and the range of differences found in practice. Additional topics include: Organizational Change, Vision & Strategy, Business Ethics, and Senge’s Learning Organization. Course activities include the ‘Winning At Design Automation’ simulation that demonstrates cultural issues surrounding rapid growth in a high-tech, high-commitment company, and The Ethics Challenge game. Students select a company as the topic of their term paper, describing its culture (Schein’s approach) and a plan to promote change (Conger’s Charismatic Leadership). Students make a ‘call to action’ speech to convey their leadership plan.

EMGT523 Marketing in New Product Development, Management

This course explores marketing concepts and marketing strategy within the context of new product development. Topics addressed include: market research methods, market segmentation, product positioning (4 Ps), pricing strategies, alliances, elasticity, advertising & brands, and the champion role. Student projects define a new product idea, apply course concepts to the development of that idea (segmentation, pricing, etc.) and present their analysis to the class. The course includes the ‘NPD-Challenge’ simulation that demonstrates marketing issues an entrepreneur faces in developing a new product.

EMGT525 Human Resources Management, Management

Examines Human Resource Management for engineers who may or may not have direct reports (subordinates).  Key focus topics include systematic changes that influence employees' behavior, attitudes, and performance throughout the employment lifecycle.  Furthermore, we explore value-added HRM practices related to analyzing/designing work, recruiting and selection, training and development, evaluating performance, and the creation of positive employee relations in today's workplace.

EMGT531 Economics for Technical Managers, Management

Applies economic analysis to the solutions of business problems. Emphasizes the economics of market and organizational structure, demand determinates, cost analysis, investment and strategy decisions, agency problems and ethics. Special reference is made to technology based organizations.

EMGT532 Technical Entrepreneurship, Management

Examines the principles and tools for innovation and entrepreneurship in technologically based businesses. Includes perspectives for both independent entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Develops basic concepts of business planning. Emphasizes a major group business plan based upon a technological innovation. May be used as a management core class.

EMGT533 Intercultural Communication, Management

This course presents the Constructivist theory of communication and its application. The culture concept is applied at ethnic (~70%) organizational and interpersonal levels. The course balances theory and application and students write analysis of videos to apply course concepts. Students use Spradley’s Ethnoscience approach to conduct interviews and write an ethnography for their term paper. The course helps students to better: develop interpersonal relations, improve their interviewing skills, analyze cultures, and understand diversity across ethnic & gender differences. Concepts include: Culture Shock, Empathy, The Social Construction of Reality, Non-Verbal Communication, High & Low Context cultures, M-time & P-time cultures.

EMGT535 Globalization, Strategy and Organizational Change, Management

This course samples the strategy literature and distinguishes economic and managerial (resource-based view) perspectives. Strategy issues encountered in transnational management are addressed in cases. Scenario planning is described. Trends and implications of globalization are explored (off-shoring, ‘rise of the rest’, resource use & climate change, BOP, Business Model change) and the ‘great recession’ is discussed from a long-wave perspective. Strategy implementation issues are addressed. Students develop strategies for an organization of their choice and evaluate those strategies using the ‘Scenarios-to-Strategies’ approach in their term paper.

EMGT536 Leadership and Global Challenges, Management

This course examines the art of leadership and its development in our increasingly globalized society. In this course students will apply their general education and use their knowledge, experience, and perspectives learned in a variety of disciplines to investigate the nature and dynamics of leadership. Examining general theoretical approaches, with close attention to the unique challenges which globalization and cross-cultural interactions impose upon leaders, the class will work on three case studies. The first case study focuses on an individual in order to illustrate leadership development. The second will focus on a corporation in order to illustrate mutual influence of leaders, constituents, and organizations. The third will be about an event or a situation which exemplifies the challenges and creativity of leadership in global/transnational/multicultural operations.

EMGT552 Business Law for Technical Managers, Management

Introduces the legal issues that will likely arise during a lifetime of employment at the management level.  Topics to be considered include:  business ethics; dispute resolution; intentional torts; negligence and strict liability; criminal law and procedure; contracts, sales warranties, and products liability; negotiable instruments; bankruptcy; employment law; labor law; business organizations; consumer law; and real property law.

EMGT562 Risk Analysis and Management, Management

This course will introduce students to principles and methods of risk analysis and risk management, as related to diverse engineering and socio-technical systems. Students will learn how to: identify, prioritize and quantify risks; perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and develop risk models; assess uncertainty; identify, evaluate, and prioritize risk management alternatives; and communicate risk to stakeholders. Through the use of varied example problems and case studies, students will develop an understanding of the appropriate use of risk analysis and management methods for engineering and policy decision making under uncertainty.

EMGT597 Special Management Topics in Engineering Management

Examines particular management topics of current interest and/or new courses for engineering management and other graduate students and upper level undergraduates. May require consent of instructor or specific prerequisites.

TECHNICAL FOCUS

EMGT584 Systems Thinking and Evaluation, Technical

This course will focus on applying systems thinking and methodologies, as well as parametric and non-parametric statistical methods to evaluate alternative system designs and design performance measures. Students will learn how to: identify and evaluate system goals, requirements and performance measures; design experiments to assess system performance; apply decision analysis techniques to diverse trade studies; and generate a business case for presenting technical analysis results.

EMGT585 Statistics for Technical Managers, Technical

Examines basic statistics and probability while focusing on concepts most relevant to becoming an effective Engineering Manager.  Students will learn to collect and analyze data to make statistically sound managerial decisions.  Discussions related to descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, power calculations, correlation, linear/multiple regression, and analysis of variance (ANOVA).  Students will complete a graduate-level project utilizing course concepts.

EMGT586 Supply Chain Management, Technical

Examines disruptions to traditional operations within supply chains due to changes in both technology and globalization.  Shows how relationships between suppliers, customers, and competitors have changed dramatically to affect the entire manner in which organizations perform their manufacturing and business operations.  Describes product supply chain complexity and the implications of expanding global customer bases, increasing supplier dependence, and larger ranges of locations and customers.  Outcomes include the abilities to identify and define the critical components of supply chains, apply best practices in the buyer-seller relationship and understand why managing a supply chain is an important strategic capability for an organization.

EMGT587 Systems Engineering, Technical

Introduces system engineering and analysis techniques, including the systems life cycle, system design procedures, risk analysis, analysis methods including reliability and maintainability.  Provides applications for mechanical, electrical and a wide variety of other systems.  Uses Visio or CORE software to create IDEFO drawings and other documentation for system design.

EMGT588 Quality Management, Technical

Introduction to quality for the technical manager including management principles and technical methods.  Balance will be approximately 65% technical methods and 35% management concepts.  Management topics focus on the concept of total quality (TQ) as it applies to technology based businesses including design, manufacturing and service activities.  Contemporary quality philosophies are reviewed including Deming and Taguchi.  Technical tools and methods are presented including basic statistical concepts, control charts for variable and attributes, process capability studies, six sigma, and tools for design and process improvement.  Case studies and class labs will be used to highlight key topics.

EMGT589 Manufacturing Systems, Technical

Provides a comprehensive introduction to manufacturing systems covering the 'behavior laws' at work in batch production or assembly lines. Includes production strategy, scheduling, and control methods and detailed analysis of fundamental manufacturing measures such as cycle time, throughput, capacity, work-in-process, inventory, and variability.  Explores historical practices and the natural behaviors that are described in 'laws for manufacturing' that help managers understand basic 'factory physics'.

EMGT598 Special Technical Topics in Engineering Management, Technical

Examines particular technical topics of current interest and/or new courses for engineering management and other graduate students and upper level undergraduates. May require consent of instructor or specific prerequisites.

TECHNICAL OR MANAGEMENT FOCUS

EMGT524 Production/Operations Management, Technical or Management

To provide an introduction to operations management for the technical manager including contemporary management principles and technical methods.  Key focus topics include development of strategy in operations activities - and the use of a business simulation exercise and project to illustrate class concepts.

EMGT526 Innovation Management and Forecasting, Technical or Management

This course introduces the concepts of innovation types (radical, incremental, disruptive, open), invention, and diffusion to identify patterns of technology change. Technology management strategies are suggested by an even blend of theory and case analysis. The course explores the impact of innovation on society, including long term trends in productivity, energy, and information technologies. Techniques used in technology forecasting (monitoring, growth curves, scenarios, analogy, Delphi, road-mapping, and simulation) are described & example forecasts are examined.

EMGT527 Project Management, Technical or Management

This course presents the major issues and techniques of project management. Topics include: project evaluation and selection, scope management, team building, stakeholder management, risk assessment, estimating, scheduling, Mythical Man Month, Critical Path & Critical Chain, task partitioning & communication, rework, and negotiation. Students apply these concepts in writing case analyses. Typical problems and success factors are discussed in relation to project management choices. Special issues encountered in virtual teams are discussed.

EMGT534 Management Science, Technical or Management

A study of the development and analysis of various mathematical models useful in managerial decision-making. This includes discussions of what models are, how to create them, how they are used, and what insights they provide. Spreadsheets will be used to do much of the computational work. Topics considered include linear, integer, and nonlinear programming, network models, inventory management, project management, and simulation models. Examples from all areas of business and industry will be investigated. We will also investigate how companies are using these techniques to solve current problems. Same as MA 534. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing.

EMGT551 Intellectual Property for Engineers and Scientists 4R-0L-4C, Technical or Management

Examines the influence intellectual property law has on the professional practice of engineers, scientists and engineering managers.  Topics to be considered include:  extracting value from intellectual property; patentable subject matter; novelty and loss of right; non-obviousness requirement; utility requirement; patent prosecution; patent litigation; designing around valid US patents; international patent rights; copyrights; trade secrets; and trademarks.

EMGT561 Failures of Engineered Systems, Technical or Management

Reviews past failures of engineered systems in order to improve an engineering manager's ability to anticipate, prevent, and respond to failures.  The technical, human factor, and organizational root causes of the failures of engineered systems are examined.  Case studies are used to illustrate the techniques that have been developed to analyze, investigate and prevent failures.  Additionally, regulatory and legal responses to failures are also explored.

EMGT590 Integrated Project, Technical or Management

The integration of business and technical considerations in new product development. The identification of managerial and engineering challenges faced in developing a commercially viable new product within the context of a rapidly changing and highly competitive business environment. Readings, case studies and individual projects dealing with strategic planning, entrepreneurship, new product development, and related topics. The focus is on a major team project. This integrated project must include the identification of a new product including all relevant business and technical issues and the development of a detailed plan for profitably bringing this new product to market. A final report with oral presentations is required.

SEMINARS

EMGT511 Graduate Seminar I Fall

Selected topics relevant to Engineering management are discussed by graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers.

EMGT512 Graduate Seminar II Winter

Selected topics relevant to Engineering management are discussed by graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers.

EMGT513 Graduate Seminar III Spring

Selected topics relevant to Engineering management are discussed by graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers.

EMGT514 Graduate Seminar IV Summer

Selected topics relevant to Engineering management are discussed by graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers.