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Alfonso Rodriguez & Joel Thorpe

AC 630 Cost Management

A graduate level course covering basic concepts and techniques of cost management. Topics include basic cost management concepts, cost-volume-profit analysis, strategy and the master budget, the role of costs in pricing decisions, job and activity based costing (ABC) costing systems, relevant costs for decision making, operational and management control systems, target costing, value engineering, theory of constraints, the Balanced Scorecard, and the management and control of quality. Explores the analysis and presentation of information from a behavioral as well as a quantitative perspective. Introduces basic financial and sustainability concepts and reporting issues.

FN 540 Financial Management

The goal of this course is to develop a working understanding of finance issues important to engineering managers and to apply this understanding to develop the skills necessary for a career in a business organization. The course includes the concepts of engineering economy, including the time value of money and net present value calculations, additional capital budgeting processes and techniques, the role of short-term finance in project management as well as international corporate finance.

OM 680 Strategic Project Management

Project management from a decision-making perspective and how projects can be used to implement organizational strategy. The course follows the project life cycle model from project initiation to implementation to termination. Topics covered include project selection organizational strategy, planning, conflict resolution, budgeting, scheduling (PERT and CPM), resource allocation, information management, control, auditing, and termination procedures. In addition, there is a special section on information technology (IT) project management standards and techniques. Computer applications, case studies and student project teams will be an integral part of the course.

OS 666 Negotiations and Relationship Management

This course examines the complex problems associated with the management of stakeholder relationships under conditions of rapid economic change and intense global competition. The course emphasis is on the establishing, negotiating, building, sustaining, and repairing of both workplace and external relationships, including relationships with employees, management, customers, suppliers, manufacturers, shareholders, society, and other key stakeholders. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the theories of negotiation, conflict, complaint handling, and norms and ethics of fairness. The course also provides a foundation on labor relations, collective bargaining, and U.S. labor and employment laws, with an emphasis on the corresponding implications for union and nonunion workplaces. The course is intended to be applicable to a broad spectrum of work- or business-related relationship issues faces by managers and professionals.

OM 685 Quality Management and Process Improvement

his course will introduce the students to both the managerial and technical aspects of quality improvement techniques. The discussion of statistical topics will be tied to the Six Sigma methodology for the improvement of quality, productivity, and competitive position.  A systemic and strategic approach to quality management will be provided, with emphasis on process improvement tools and methodologies. The course is designed to expose students to the integral elements of a total quality management system within both manufacturing and service organizations.  Several individual and team projects involving class presentations, discussion of supplemental articles, case students and a hands-on process improvement project are utilized to demonstrate real world issues and applications. 

OM 670 Optimization Methods

Students will learn to develop and apply mathematical models to improve management decision making. Optimization involves the automatic consideration of decision alternatives and their ramifications in terms of goals and constraints expressed mathematically. Accordingly, a major focus of the course will be the application of nonlinear, linear, network, and integer optimization methods. The course will also cover other decision technologies such as analysis, regression, and stochastic simulation. These decision making and analysis methods are applicable for solving problems across a wide variety of industries: manufacturing, distribution, health care, finance, marketing, etc.

OM 650 Operations Strategy & International Competitiveness

This class looks at operations strategy in a broad context - how companies design, source, create, and distribute their products or services. The course integrates perspectives, theories, and tools from Strategic Management, International Management, and Supply Chain Management to provide an integrated view of decisions managers must make about where, how, and with whom should they create and sell products/services. We take a competitive advantage-based can we use a global operations strategy approach to outperform rivals consistently over time?

ES 530 Environmental Sustainability & Risk Analysis

This course will consider the general principles and practices of human health and ecological risk assessment in industrial environments. Understanding the key elements of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication allow one to consider a systems approach to addressing complex environmental issues. Concepts of sustainability, life-cycle assessment and environmental management strategies will be examined in the context of an organization's long-term goals. Sustainability is a new approach to environmental management that employs systems thinking/analysis to solve multiple problems with integrated solutions. To set sustainability as a goal for our industrial society we must identify targets and metrics to measure our progress. Using case studies we will examine liabilities and risk management approaches in manufacturing and service organizations.

LW 620 Business & Environmental Law

This course considers the principal legal approaches used to deal with environmental problems, including, common-law, statutory, regulatory, and economic-incentive systems. This course addresses procedural and substantive issues of law and regulation affecting environmental and natural resources. Further, the course will review and consider the policy implications of actions (or inaction) that impact the environment and to see environmental issues from multiple perspectives.

MK 640 Marketing Management for Innovation

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing management including consumer behavior, market research, professional selling, and marketing strategy all with a focus on managing the innovation process. The course is designed for graduate students who have undergraduate training in a technical field, most likely engineering and need exposure to the theory and practice of marketing and thus, integrates the concept and practice of innovation throughout the topics covered.

EM 690 Capstone Course

Students complete a semester-long project which applies engineering management problem-solving skills to a real-world problem. Students demonstrate the application of engineering problem-solving methodology and project management. Students must demonstrate the ability to engage with a client, define a problem, derive specifications for a successful solution, generate and evaluate appropriate solutions, generate the optimal solution, successfully complete the process and present the result professionally in both oral and written format.

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