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Engineering Management Course Descriptions

EMG 500 Principles of Engineering Management (3 credit hours)

Previously EM 900. This course will provide an overview of the essential skills relevant to managing cross- disciplinary engineering and science-based teams in industries. Such teams are typically responsible for new product development, getting innovations to market, developing new technologies, implementing product improvement or establishing or improving organizational infrastructure. Students will focus on the fundamental skills and applications of engineering and science management and will be introduced to the relevant business and engineering topics to be successful in this field. Topics include specific areas of finance and accounting, project and execution management, marketing, communication and leadership, management of innovation, science and technology, ethics, and entrepreneurship that apply to the management of cross disciplinary engineering and science industries.

EMG 501 Engineering Practicum (3 credit hours)

Previously EM 901, Engineering Project Management. This course is an exercise in applying the principles of project management to an engineering or other technical objective. Project management training features will include team formation, leadership skills development, collaboration, market research and assessment, project planning, generating a project charter with business case justification, work breakdown structure, risk assessment, task assignments, scheduling, on-going project-reporting, conflict resolution, a final project report and presentation.

EMG 502 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to prepare the students with a technical background to become effective managers and leaders. It covers a wide range of management and leadership issues that industries face today – from individual, to team, to entire organization. It includes: individual differences, personnel diversity, motivation in the workplace, managing individual stress, interpersonal communication, managing interpersonal conflicts and negotiation, team building, leadership models and styles, decision making in organizations, organizational culture and managing change.

EMG 503 Product Management (3 credit hours)

Previously New Product Management. The product manager is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition of a product or product line. In this course, students will learn about the general role of the product manager in technology-oriented businesses.

EMG 511 Innovation Management (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. The main aim of this course is to provide students with a systematic approach to the field of Innovation. The teaching materials include learning modules from innovation theories, strategy formulation, portfolio design, innovative problem-solving techniques and business model, new product development, and commercialization. Other components in the innovation management domain such as corporate culture, leadership, organization, and innovation infrastructure are also introduced. This course keeps a strong emphasis on innovation as a managed process. The consideration is also to challenge and facilitate creative potential, and imbed this into result-oriented innovative business development.

EMG 512 Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. Entrepreneurs are an integral part of a thriving economy. Yet the aspects of successful entrepreneurship remain a mystery. This course is designed to provide a global introduction to the process of turning an idea into a successful startup enterprise or business. The course will be a mixture of class lectures, group discussions, case studies, and a special emphasis on real-world practices through writing a business plan for a marketable business idea in order to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of this type of future endeavor. This course is interesting, fun, and rewarding especially for those interested in starting their own business initiatives.

EMG 513 Venture Capital (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. Many of America’s most successful entrepreneurial companies have been substantially influenced by professionally managed venture capital. This relationship between the entrepreneur and the venture capitalist is examined from both perspectives. The course explores entrepreneurship with emphasis on forming and operating new business ventures. It covers crucial aspects of investigating new business opportunities.

EMG 521 Introduction to Intellectual Property Management (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course is designed to give participants an overview of the field of intellectual property, as well as training in the management of intellectual property assets within a corporate environment. Specific skills and exposure will include learning how to do patent searching, reviewing the different filing requirements in government offices to obtain IP rights, licensing issues, and litigation matters related to IP.

EMG 522 Fundamentals of Business Analysis for Software Development (3 credit hours)

Previously Business Analysis in Engineering. In this course, students will learn about the basic duties of business analysts in the field of software development. Overall, business analysts help companies solve problems by developing a process or technical solution. A business analyst’s work is done at many levels within a company, but at its core necessitates an understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) which involves: a) planning a software project, b) identifying the project scope, c) eliciting, analyzing, and communicating requirements, d) designing a solution, e) building or buying the solution, f) testing the solution, g) implementing the solution, and h) conducting a post-project review.

EMG 523 Engineering Quality Assurance (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course focuses on the application of principles of quality control and quality assurance along with statistical theories to solve issues related to various production systems. Emphasis will be placed on defining probability concepts, statistical distribution functions, quality control charts, process variation concepts, and sampling inspection plans. Quality foundational theories from teachings of Deming, Juran, Taguchi, Crosby, and other quality gurus wills be explored. Principles of Total Quality Management, Quality Function Deployment, ISO 9000 standards, and Quality Audit will be discussed.

EMG 524 Patent Law Clinic I (2 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course focuses on the application of principles of quality control and quality assurance along with statistical theories to solve issues related to various production systems. Emphasis will be placed on defining probability concepts, statistical distribution functions, quality control charts, process variation concepts, and sampling inspection plans. Quality foundational theories from teachings of Deming, Juran, Taguchi, Crosby, and other quality gurus wills be explored. Principles of Total Quality Management, Quality Function Deployment, ISO 9000 standards, and Quality Audit will be discussed.

EMG 525 Patent Law Clinic II (2 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. The Patent Law Clinic allows students to have hands-on experience in working with professors, inventors, businesses, and other local entities. Under the direction of a supervising attorney, students work with clients, draft applications, engaged in dialogue with the USPTO, and work in all areas relating to patents. This IP Clinic is the only non-ABA USPTO approved clinic in the United States, and is one of three national patent agent clinic programs approved by the USPTO.

EMG 526 Patent Bar Exam Preparation (2 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. The Patent Bar Preparation course is designed to help students prepare for and take the patent bar exam. Material will be based on the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. To qualify for the patent bar, students must have completed sufficient scientific background and obtained a degree. Passing the patent bar allows students to receive a federal USPTO registration number and to operate as licensed patent agents. The course is taught in combination with Practicing Law Institute, in combination with a faculty member from Lincoln Law School.

EMG 527 Patent Prosecution (2 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. The Patent Prosecution course will introduce students to a patent practice, how to work with inventors, analyze a patent claim, respond to patent office actions, evaluate of the strength of patents, monetize a patent portfolio, create agreements between patent holders, and assist with the management of the IP profile and portfolio. In short, the course will follow the life of a patent using as a basis the Samsung v Apple case. The focus of the course is to understand how to add value to IP portfolios by implementing patent strategies at every phase of the patent process.

EMG 531 Entrepreneurship for High Tech Industry (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course prepares student to participate and manage a high-tech start-up. The process of starting a new venture includes assembling the core team, preparing the business plan, structuring the equity ownership/evaluation and negotiating with investors. Management of a growing company has to do with the clear definition and delegation of responsibilities, management by objectives/results and the recognition of the changes in the market. It is essential to grow rapidly after recognizing the strategic inflection point of the business.

EMG 532 Privacy, Ethical and Legal Issues (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course cuts through the confusion of rapid changes in technology, ethics, and law to provide the essentials you need for understanding the “digital ethics and law” and important concerns around security and privacy in modern psychotherapy practice management. You will learn about communications with clients, making a useful website ethically and legally, taking payments with credit cards, and switching to a paperless office (i.e., Electronic Health Records – EHR). The course will present a few real world ethnographical studies and Standardization to prepare you to recognize, analyze, and deal with information technology security and privacy issues in a legal and ethical context.

EMG 533 R&D Management (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. Today R&D (Research and Development) is a critical part of the modern business world. Major decisions in enterprises are made mainly based on their R&D. R&D management is the discipline of designing and executing R&D processes, managing R&D organizations, and ensuring smooth transfer of new technology to new services or products. In this course, students will learn to understand the importance of R&D in enterprises and the various theoretical foundation of R&D. R &D innovation theories and practical examples will be given. The dominant design theory and its applications will be covered. Based on these, students will learn to understand the market dynamics and to select R&D projects and technical platforms accordingly. In this course, students will also learn the characteristics of a R&D team and how to organize and manage them with theories and practical examples.

EMG 534 Consumerization of IT, Mobility and IOT (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. The course will provide introduction, best practices and emerging trends for Mobile, IoT, consumerization of IT, 133 security and Manageability as it relates to the future workplace, IT, HR and legal aspects. In this course students will be mastering the field’s basic terms, principles, and concepts. Then you’ll apply these basics in diverse situations and environments, learning to ”think like an IT/ Engineering Manager”. Then you will create strategic plan for products and services. Finally, you’ll go beyond technology to understand crucial management issues in protecting corporate assets, data and optimizing IT costs, leveraging emerging trends.

EMG 535 Effective Communication for Engineers (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course teaches key practical aspects of communication that engineers need to know in order to function effectively within their work environment. It includes written and oral communication, with an emphasis to the latter. The students will learn how to adapt the message to a technical and nontechnical audience in a clear, concise and complete manner. For written communication, students will learn how to use appropriate format, grammar and content structure to write memos, proposals, progress and technical reports. For oral communication, students will learn the main components of professional PPT presentations: text organization, visual aids design, speaking style, delivery skills and audience feedbacks. It uses in-class exercises to show how to put these techniques into practice and produce outstanding professional presentations in the workplace.

EMG 536 Data Analysis for Industrial Applications (3 credit hours)

Discontinued as of August 2016. This course provides a comprehensive, integrated and relevant basis to data analysis for today’s industrial applications. It teaches students to understand the practical approach of data-driven industrial applications for their organization’s requirements. Students will be introduced to various techniques in processing data for estimation, forecasting, correlation, optimization, outlier analysis and interpretation of analysis results. Their application will be focused on the real world analysis such as: effective decision making, human power projection and materials, and equipment optimization.

EMG 545 Introduction to Medical Devices and Digital Health Products (3 credit hours)

This course provides an introduction to the special regulatory requirements associated with developing medical devices (i.e., medical treatment and diagnostic products), as well as other new technologies in the emerging digital health industry.

EMG 549 Introduction to Software Development and Architecture for Engineering Managers (3 credit hours)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to computer programming and software development. The instruction will benefit individuals pursuing management careers in programming and software development, as well as anyone in the information technology field who works with programmers and systems analysts. General topics covered will include: 1) Problem-solving approaches to software development 2) Specifications and requirements 3) User-interface design 4) Structured program design. As to programming concepts, the course will provide basic instruction in Python, C, C#, Java, Visual Basic and shell scripting. The course includes working with different operating systems, such as Linux. As exercises, students will develop small web applications and mobile apps. The full software development life cycle (SDLC) will be taught, including unit test and integration, alpha / beta testing, and software defect tracking and classification.

EMG 550 Software QA and Testing for Business Analysis (3 credit hours)

This course will cover the typical software testing methods found in industry and will prepare business analysts and others with a need to know the fundamentals of software testing procedures and practices found in Silicon Valley.

EMG 551 Agile Methodologies (3 credit hours)

Agile software development is an umbrella term for a set of methods and practices based on the values expressed in the 2001 Agile Manifesto which documented the views of leading software developers in the field at that time. This course instructs students on these industry best practices.

EMG 552 Devops and Microservices Architecture (3 credit hours)

In general, DevOps represents a change in information technology (IT) culture focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps emphasizes people and culture and seeks to improve collaboration between operations and software development teams. In this course, you will learn the key ideas and techniques to bring development and operations together to produce higher-quality software and deliver it more quickly. You will also develop the ability to integrate communication, collaboration, integration and automation in order to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals for faster development and deployment.

EMG 553 Business Technology Strategy (3 credit hours)

This course is aimed at engineers and managers who want to be leaders in a technical environment and advance into executive roles. Students will learn the basic skills and techniques that a majority of executive teams apply to address strategic and operational problems in an integrated way across multiple business and technology domains. In the first half of the course you will learn the fundamentals: what strategy is, and what are the most common techniques and tools for strategy assessment and formulation. In the second half we move from fundamentals to organizational and personal implications for technical leaders, such as chief information officers, chief technology officers, enterprise architects and program managers. Two fundamental questions dealt with in the course are: How to make better use of IT to increase the productivity of the business? How to leverage IT innovations to help the business win in an increasingly digitized world?

EMG 554 Business Transformation Consulting (3 credit hours)

This course is aimed at those specifically interested in consulting careers and/or whose future jobs involve working with consultants. Students will learn the basics of the consulting profession with subsequent emphasis on business technology (BT) – the ever increasing reliance on information technology by business of all types to digitize and optimize their business models. In the first part of the course you will learn the basic principles that apply to any consulting-based approach and explore a range of topics that define consulting knowledge. These topics cover the consulting process from preparation for and delivery of client engagements to management of engagement-related obstacles and the development of advising skills. In the second part we will explore a range of topics that consultants and their consulting clients need to know when engaging on BT change initiatives. These topics cover the essential blocks of any digital transformation blueprint: lean thinking and innovation, process automation, organization and change management, technology insights, and data and analytics.

EMG 557 Internet of Things (IoT) Management Issues (3 credit hours)

The Internet of Things is a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects will have networked connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. This course is focused on studying the management problems that will arise in connection with this rapidly emerging technology.

EMG 559 Introduction to Sensor Technology for Engineering Managers (3 credit hours)

Sensor technology is an important aspect of the Internet of Things which is forecasted to have huge impacts on business and society in the near future. This course is designed to give students a hands-on introduction to the kind of devices changing our world with the Internet of Things and will provide them with a basic understanding of the core technology allowing them to engage in product development and prototyping.

EMG 560 Cybersecurity Management (3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to cybersecurity principles, processes and technologies. It presents students with a detailed overview of best practices in the management, governance, and policy development of cybersecurity measures for businesses and organizations.

EMG 563 Introduction to Intellectual Property Management (3 credit hours)

In this course students will learn about the connection between knowledge, innovation and intellectual property (IP) asset creation. Moreover, they will also learn about the value and importance of the proper management of IP assets including: 1) Dentifying existing IP and the need for new IP. 2) Documenting existing and new IP. 3) Deciding on the proper form of IP protection needed in any particular instance. 4) Deciding how the IP asset will be used. 5) Periodically reassessing the value and use of the IP portfolio.

EMG 565 Healthcare Product Economics and Outcomes (3 credit hours)

This course explores the various synergistic dynamics of healthcare product economics and outcomes. Topics will include reimbursement overview, insurance coverage, product design, comparative effectiveness review, and the Affordable Care Act. Emphasis will be placed on how creative innovations and synergism can impact the healthcare industry and economics.

EMG 568 Technology Management (3 credit hours)

In this course, students will develop a broad understanding of technology management and its importance in establishing competitive advantage in a globalized world. Content will include studies of leadership, technology trends, market analysis, innovation management, product development, business model analysis, effective organizational structure, team building and collaboration, project management, and effective business communications.

EMG 570 Cloud Computing Management (3 credit hours)

Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. In this class students will study the issues associated with managing cloud services and the business considerations needed before switching to the cloud.

EMG 574 Physics for Engineering Managers (3 credit hours)

This course has been designed for graduate engineering management students who are not degreed engineers. It provides non-engineers with a good grounding in physics principles and applications and gives students a means to transition into the role of technical management.

EMG 575 Introduction to Lasers & Photonics for Engineering Managers (3 credit hours)

This course will teach fundamental principles of optics, electro-optics, lasers, and fiber optics. The technologies covered in this course can be applied in the fields of electronics, instrumentation, telecommunications, and biomedical equipment.

EMG 579 Business Process Management (3 credit hours)

Business process management is a discipline that uses various methods to discover, analyze, measure, improve and optimize business processes in an organization.In this course, students will learn about the basic methods used to analyze business processes and will develop skill in conducting business process analysis.

EMG 580 Special Topics (3 credit hours)

This course category allows for the introduction of new, experimental or special interest classes having a short-interest lifespan or which are in development.

EMG 690 Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

During the last two semesters of their training, students in the ITU Engineering Management Department must complete a capstone project or write a master’s thesis. If the capstone project option is chosen, engineering management students are required to demonstrate their competence in the skills and knowledge associated with their degree program. It is designed to show the in-depth learning and higher-order thinking of the students. With this option, students must choose a project in the the field of engineering management. Then they will plan, organize, implement, and work towards the completion of the project in a controlled manner, so as to meet the goals and objectives of their project. The capstone project is usually carried out by an individual student. Before beginning work, each capstone project must first be approved by an Engineering Management Faculty Advisor assigned by the Engineering Management Department Chair. At the end of the project, the student will prepare a Final Project Report and defend this work product before the Faculty Advisor and a panel of other assigned faculty members. 

EMG 697 Thesis (3 credit hours)

During the last two trimesters of their training, students in the ITU Engineering Management Department must complete a capstone project or write a master’s thesis. For the master thesis, the research must result in some new insights into the academic or practical concepts of the Engineering Management discipline. These must be fully analyzed, explained and documented in the thesis. If the Thesis Option is chosen, students must seek the assignment of an Engineering Management Faculty Advisor to guide their research on a topic in the field of engineering management. Additionally, the selection of a faculty advisor and the intended plan of study must be approved by the Engineering Management Department Chair. At the conclusion of the student’s writing, the student will be required to orally defend the thesis before a committee assigned by the Engineering Management Department.

Last modified: August 10, 2016