Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will be exposed to the ways in which organizations and their members affect one another and to different frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with problems in organizational settings. Topics include motivation, team building, conflict resolution, leadership, organizational change, and managing organizational cultures.
Supply Chain Management
As business competition becomes global and product life cycles shorten, the need exists for a systems approach to studying all elements of the supply chain. This course will give students breadth of knowledge in Supply Chain Management along with strategies that can be utilized in the design and operation of efficient subsystems within the supply chain. Students will understand the supply chain in the context of the business value chain and profitability goals. This course will take a “macro” view, without emphasizing the details of each subcomponent within the supply chain.
Systems and Project Management
Systems and Project Management ensures progress toward objectives, proper deployment and conservation of human and financial resources, and achievement of cost and schedule targets. The focus of this course is on the utilization of a diverse set of project management methods and tools. Topics include strategic project management, project and organizational learning, cost, schedule planning and control, structuring of performance measures and metrics, technical teams and project management, information technology support of teams, risk management, and process control.
This course introduces the principles of planning and designing modern manufacturing systems that are consistent with corporate objectives. This course will provide the student with concepts and techniques in the design and analysis of manufacturing systems. A blend of traditional and modern approaches is used to assess and analyze the performance of a given manufacturing system as well as to provide a framework for system redesign and improvement. Topics include factory physics, queuing theory, cellular manufacturing, and lean manufacturing.
Global Facilities Planning
This course addresses the global planning, design, and utilization of fixed assets associated with design, manufacturing, storage and distribution, service and support functions. Topics include: strategic considerations in facilities planning to meet customer and market objectives, product, process, and schedule design; determining flow, resource, and space requirements; layout at the plant level; material handling systems design; warehousing; storage and retrieval policies; process technology transfer; incorporation of lean principles; quantitative design and analysis tools. Students will understand facilities planning from a strategic and tactical perspective as well as the link between business goals, design, and engineering activities.
This course is designed to expose upper-level students to managerial aspects of quality systems, with an emphasis on lean thinking and a customer-centric approach to quality. Students will learn to measure, analyze, improve, and control quality systems, consistent with corporate objectives. Ideas from a number of quality consultants (Juran, Gryna, Crosby, Taguchi, Deming, etc.) will be covered to give students an overview of topics such as fitness for use, quality costs, quality planning, statistical quality control and experimental design for quality improvement. Frameworks such as "lean six sigma" will be utilized extensively, and students will meet objectives associated with contemporary industry certification programs.
Cost Accounting in Technical Organizations
A first course in accounting for students in technical disciplines. Topics include the distinction between external and internal accounting, cost behavior, product costing, profitability analysis, performance evaluation, capital budgeting, and transfer pricing. Emphasis is on issues encountered in technology intensive manufacturing organizations.
Product/Process Design and Development
This course covers the principles of product, manufacturing process and supply chain development in an integrated fashion. It examines the linkages between design specifications and manufacturability, between product architecture and manufacturing system, between the manufacturing system and supply chain, and between in house and outsourced manufacturing. Major topics include product strategies, product, architectures and manufacturing strategies; product development processes and organizations; product requirements and benchmarking; concept generation and evaluation; the application of systems engineering tools to product design, design for "X" (manufacturing, assembly, service, environment, etc.) and life cycle costing.
Systems Modeling and Decision Making
This course emphasizes how process modeling and simulation can be utilized to aid business and technical decision making. Students will learn to identify and analyze key decision making factors associated with topics such as sourcing and the supply chain, lean manufacturing systems, product and service delivery, activity based costing, call centers, and order-to-cash systems. Students will also learn how to identify performance measures for a manufacturing or service systems and use those measures in the evaluation of system performance. A high-level modeling language will be utilized to simulate systems and examine performance.
Capstone Integrative Project
The purpose of the project is for students to demonstrate integrative application of knowledge and skills that they have acquired during the program. A capstone project will be oriented to the solution of manufacturing, operations, or supply chain management problem or to technically related processes. Each project will define an actual problem and solve it, or select and develop a needed process. The Capstone Coordinator must approve each project in advance. A suitable project will be multi-disciplinary or multi-functional in nature and will have significant impact on one or more competitive capabilities of the organization, e.g., quality, lead-time, cost, flexibility, or service.
Normally, a suitable project will constitute the equivalent of one-quarter course workload per student; however, a suitable project could be larger.