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Course Descriptions

GEN 5001G Introduction to Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering provides an interdisciplinary approach to designing successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem including operations, performance, test, manufacturing, cost, and schedule. This subject emphasizes the links of systems engineering to fundamentals of decision theory, statistics, and optimization. It also introduces the most current, commercially successful techniques for systems engineering.

GEN 6004 Engineering Project Management 

Studies the principles, theory, and practice of engineering management, including the management of human resources, entrepreneurial skills, decision making, and mathematical and scientific methods. The use of computer software for project scheduling and resource allocation is required.

GEN 6999G Decision Analysis

This course introduces fundamentals of decision analysis with emphasis on the real-world
engineering and business applications. Main topics covered will include descriptive vs normative decision models, economic analysis, decisions under uncertainty, sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis, Monte-Carlo simulation, expectation-variance criterion, decision tree analysis, statistical decision techniques, multiple attribute decision making, utility theory, group decision making, and game theory.  

GEN 6999G Optimization Models and Methods

This course is an introduction to the theory and application of “deterministic” operations research. Main methods covered will include linear programming, network flows, dynamic programming, and integer programming. The emphasis of this course will be on modeling and application of the ideas in various engineering and managerial settings using Spreadsheets. Concepts such as duality, and sensitivity analysis; transportation, assignment, and transshipment problems; shortest path, minimum spanning tree, maximum flow, minimum cost network flow problems, and project networks will be presented. 

CEN 5050G Construction Planning and Management 

Construction management process and methods; estimating construction cost and bidding, construction activity planning and scheduling, project planning; project cost and cost control; construction organization costs control; computerized project scheduling. 

GMGT 5100  Management Planning & Control

Management has a number of tools at its disposal to utilize in analyzing various managerial decisions. This course introduces the student to a range of these tools. The course has four primary elements: cost behavior, relevant costs for decision making, product costing, and financial statement analysis for strategic decision making. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the use of a number of tools related to making decisions to manage and control costs in a business environment as well as an understanding of financial statement analysis from a risk perspective. 

GMGT 5120   World Class Operations & Supply Chain Management  

With ever increasing global competition, only world-class firms will be able to compete and prosper. Operations management is a primary business function that is directly responsible for transforming resources into desired goods and services. Supply chain management manages the entire flow of information, materials, and services that is being moved to and from the transformation processes of the firm. This course emphasizes the importance of effectiveness and efficiency in creating value along the supply chain and covers important concepts, techniques, and practices that are often used in managing world-class operations and supply chain. Students will learn that understanding the needs of the customer, aligning and coordinating those needs into the organization, communicating those needs throughout the supply chain, and delivering what the customer wants are the focus of operations and supply chain in general. By the conclusion of the course, students will gain an understanding of key issues and challenges that world-class operations and supply chains face in today’s global economy.  

GMGT 5140 Effective Managerial Communications 

This course focuses on developing skills that are essential to leaders: the ability to summarize complex business information and the ability to develop a persuasive argument. Both challenges require leaders to think strategically and integrate various communication skills. Students apply these skills in several contexts: case analyses, business meetings, team plans, and presentations. Being able to understand and communicate key issues, identify the main problem, and delineate important elements of alternatives or recommendations requires a comprehensive understanding of business. Being able to develop and refine a persuasive argument is essential in pitching new ideas, proposing recommendations, and influencing decision-makers. In this course, students learn how to analyze message, purpose, and audience; develop strategies for structure and style; construct persuasive arguments; create visuals that incorporate data in substantive and influential ways; and make decisions about tone, organizational flow, and quality of evidence.

GMGT 5160   Marketing Analysis & Decision-Making 

Marketing combines an understanding of strategy, human behavior, creativity, and research skills. This course covers the art and science of marketing. Launching, growing, or sustaining products (i.e., goods or services) demands in-depth knowledge of the competitive landscape, insights into consumers’ needs and responses, and a keen sense of emerging trends. This course both introduces marketing concepts, theories, and models to students and develops an in-depth understanding of specific, key topics:  new product development and branding, consumer decision-making and advertising, marketing research design, and corporate marketing strategy. In this course, students apply strategic marketing analysis to identify and address a business challenge or problem. Students use facts, data analysis, projections, and inferences to make managerial decisions and recommendations. By the course conclusion, students have an understanding of marketing’s role in impacting business performance and gain in-depth understanding of specific marketing topics. 

GMGT 5212 Global Business/Economy 

This course provides a broad overview of international economics and the global economy in a way that is practical and useful for a manager. Specifically, the course examines how economies are interdependent and discusses the interdependencies and implications. Initially, we define the global institutions and their structure (eg. IMF, World Bank, etc.) in the world economy. From a practical standpoint, this course equips students with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand global business and business-related news. Also, this coursed explores specific advanced topics in-depth: regional consumer/business markets, financial markets, and theories of international trade. In each area, students will connect concepts to current news stories and apply their knowledge through analyzing both opportunities and risks in a global and dynamic financial, economic, and business environment. 

GMGT 5920    Leading Effective Teams 

Designing, building, and sustaining high performing teams is essential to the success of an organization. Based on micro and macro management theories and concepts, students gain advanced insight and develop skills to design effective work teams and both motivate and facilitate teams to achieve high performance. Topics that will be covered include: team composition, diversity management, task design, team development, team competence, team leadership, and inter-team relationship. 

GMGT 5930 Leading Organizational Change 

Leaders must address continuing challenges of change and organizational adaptation. This course provides students with practical skills and tools for planning, managing, evaluating, and surviving large-scale organizational change with applications to emerging business issues, including knowledge management, “learning organizations,” and network management.