Engineering Management

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Course Number: ENGRG 7800
Course Name: Engineering Management (Online)
Course Description:    Introduce the student to fundamental concepts of management and management theories. Discuss timely topics and issues of business ethics including environmental, safety, and product liability. The student will gain an understanding of differences between engineering and management roles with specific application to motivating, and managing technical personnel. The student will develop an understanding and application of the specific tools of engineering management including basic forecasting, planning, scheduling and decision-making models.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of management, along with the tools used in managing technical people in a technology-rich environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate both orally and in writing with a wide variety of persons and backgrounds using standard business English.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the challenges and some strategies for managing I a way that will encourage both innovation and creativity. You will show knowledge of the processes of Intellectual Property IP protection and export compliance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods for motivating persons with technical skills, as well as common motivational theories and their application to the performance appraisal process.
  • Demonstrate your ability to determine the need for and application of specific tools of engineering management through assignments and examinations. Tools may include economic analysis, decision making, status reporting, and performance appraisal.
  • Demonstrate your ability to work on a team, as well as independently, through project and individual assignments.
  • Recognize both the challenges and rewards of managing a diverse workforce.
  • Recognize the need for continued professional development throughout your career and demonstrate knowledge of methods for developing new skills or gaining certification in the field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical theory and the ability to make ethical decisions in a variety of situations. You will be familiar with the ethics statement of the professional association with which you most closely identify.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the need and methods for maintaining an awareness of the management and human aspects of business trends, as well as the economic impetus for maintaining technical knowledge to predict trends in a specific industry.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1:  Management Basics
For those of you who have taken any management courses, a great deal of the material in this section will be a review. However, it's reviewed from a different perspective - that of a manager of technical people. Those who have not yet studied management will find a lot to think about. You should all find something to apply in your work regardless of your current position.

Unit 2:  Ethics
Ethical theories abound and their application to business and technology fills entire libraries. Degrees in ethics are available and specialties in application and consideration of ethics in most fields can be earned. However, we don't really need THAT much study of ethics to have enough knowledge to help work through the common dilemmas faced in technical management.

When we study ethics in this course, knowledge of the basic ethical theories is a starting point. Working from that gives us a common language and knowledge base for our consideration of the specific dilemmas that arise in technology-rich fields. This is an area, too, where reading the current business (and political) news is productive and enlightening. There are always examples of behaviors which can be considered unethical in the light of some theories.

Unit 3:  Management Careers and the Future of Management
The future of management. Your future. Your career. Wow, those are broad topics and it is impossible to address any one of them fully. Not for any one individual, much less for any group of talented and dedicated professionals. So, it's really up to you. You'll be the one, as Dr. Seuss says, to decide where you'll go!

Staying current with technical skills and developments is essential whether an individual opts for the technical or the management ladder. Engineers tend to have little respect for managers with obsolete technical skills. The engineering manager must work doubly hard to maintain currency in both management and technical areas critical to the industry in which they work.

Grading Information

A total of 1000 points is available through the semester. The following breakdown will serve as a guide to convert points to a grade:

900 < A < 1000 points
800 < B < 899
700 < C < 799
600 < D < 699
599 or less is an F

Individual Assignments (6 @50):   300 pts
Exams (3@ 100):   300 pts
Quizzes on Desire2Learn (approximately 7):   140 pts
Group Presentation - Management Book:   60 pts
Group Discussions (2 @ 50):   100 pts
Individual Project:   100 pts

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