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Industrial Management Course Descriptions

Legal Foundations of Business  (MGMT 35400)
An examination and study, for management students, of the nature and place of law in our society, both national and international, the social and moral bases of law enactment, regulation of business, legal liability, enforcement procedures, and the legal environment for managers.

Management Science (MGMT 30600)
Use of optimization, simulation, and decision theory models to support management decision making. Emphasis on modeling and interpreting results for managerial applications of linear and integer programming models, network problems, simulation models, and decision analysis.

Operations Management (MGMT 26100)
This course provides an understanding of the issues involved in designing and managing manufacturing and service systems. Topics include manufacturing strategy, quality management, inventory systems, aggregate planning, just-in-time manufacturing, and operations scheduling. Case studies and articles integrate these topics and highlight managerial implications.

Strategic Management (MGMT 45100)
The course focuses on understanding competitive forces and how organizations strive to build sustainable competitive advantages through business- and corporate-level strategies. It integrates and builds upon previous training in functional areas and presents new analytical tools for developing an understanding of the strategic decisions that determine future directions and effectiveness of the organization.

Technical area courses

Business Data Mining
This course provides an introduction to an array of state-of-the-art business data mining methodologies that include statistical methods, machine learning, neural networks, database techniques, and visualization including industry-standard software applications such as MINITAB and SAS Enterprise Miner. Further, the course will equip the students with Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) to become analytically competitive and successful in the business worlds.

Computer Communications Systems
Explores the convergence of telecommunications and computer technology, framed in terms of their strategic impact in the business environment. Components of computer communication systems are surveyed. Major design and analysis issues in the development, implementation, and management of computer communication systems are examined. Relevant emerging trends are highlighted. The course is devoted to technical issues, applications, and case studies covering telecommunication systems used in business.

Database Management Systems
Covers the theory and practice of database design and usage. Students will learn the importance of data modeling concepts and how to use these effectively and how to plan and design a database, including issues such as data security and control.

Engineering Economic Analysis
Analysis of engineering costs and capital investments. Applications of classical optimization, mathematical programming, and the theory of production to the analysis of investment proposals. Evaluation and selection of individual projects and formulation of capital investment programs.

Engineering Decisions in Engineering
Topics in decision making and rationality including decision analysis, decision making under uncertainty, and various descriptive and prescriptive models from operations research, economics, psychology, and business. Applications are drawn from engineering decision making, public policy, and personal decision making. Attention also is paid to designing aids to improve decision making.

Human Factors in Engineering
Survey of human factors in engineering with particular reference to human functions in human-machine systems, and consideration of human abilities and limitations in relation to design of equipment and work environments.

Manufacturing Strategy
This course examines the management challenges posed by the growth in worldwide manufacturing capabilities, markets, and competition and by rapid advances in technology and the concomitant decline in product life cycles. The manufacturing function is considered within a broader context encompassing design, engineering, purchasing, marketing, and customer service in an effort to assess the degree to which existing management structures successfully meet the challenges arising from the changing manufacturing environment.

Quality Control
Principles and practices of statistical quality control in industry. Control charts for measurements and for attributes. Acceptance sampling by attributes and by measurements. Standard sampling plans. Sequential analysis. Sampling inspection of continuous production.

Six Sigma and Quality Control
The course is an undergraduate elective offered as part of the Center for Manufacturing Management Enterprises (CMME) quality initiatives. Provides an overview of various tools and methods for total quality management.

Work Analysis and Design I
Fundamentals of work methods and measurement. Applications of engineering, psychological, and physiological principles to the analysis and design of human work systems.

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