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Undergraduate Minor In Engineering Management

General Information: 

The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering offers an undergraduate Minor in Engineering Management. The Engineering Management minor develops the skills in team building, interpersonal communications, decision making, project management, leadership, and quality assurance that employers are increasingly looking for in both engineers, scientists, as well as, in other employees in "high tech" organizations. This minor is intended primarily for students with majors in the sciences, engineering, and technologies such as: all the engineering majors, engineering technology, computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, or biology. Students with majors in other disciplines who may be interested in this minor should consult with minor advisor to determine its appropriateness to their educational objectives. The minor also satisfies the University's General Education Upper Division requirement.


Applicants for the minor in engineering management must be juniors or seniors wit a declared major and a minimum GPA of 2.00. The courses can also be taken by graduate students or other graduates. The minor requires completion of 12 credit hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the courses taken toward the minor.


The coursework for the minor in engineering management involves extensive writing assignments, oral presentations, and group projects, and is designed to develop the skills needed for rapid advancement in either industrial or governmental organizations. Twelve credit hours of course work is required to meet the requirements for the minor in Engineering Management. Students may choose any four 300-400 level ENMA course to satisfy the minor requirement.  Students wishing to continue in the masters programs should take ENMA 420, as it is a prerequisite to the graduate programs.

Course Descriptions:

ENMA 301 Introduction to Engineering Management
Lectures 3 hours; 3 credits
Introduction to principles of management and organizational behavior as they apply to the engineering profession. special emphasis on project management, team building, quality leadership, and the marketing of technology. group exercises, case studies, extensive writing and speaking assignments.

ENMA 302 Engineering Economics
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites :junior or senior standing. Economic analysis of engineering alternatives. Valuation techniques; time value of money; cash flow analysis; cost estimation; taxes and depreciation; operations planning and control; project evaluation; accounting and budgeting tools.

ENMA 401 Project Management
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
Design, evaluation, selection, control, and organization of technical projects. Introduction to work breakdown analysis, scheduling, budgeting, planning, and monitoring practices. Work with project management software and tools.

ENMA 415 Introduction to Systems Engineering
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
Introduces the principles, concepts, and process of systems engineering.  Examination of problem formulation, analysis, and interpretation as they apply to the study of complex systems. Emphasizes the design nature of systems engineering problem solving, and includes case studies stressing realistic problems.  Development of systems requirements, system objectives, and the evaluation of system alternatives.

ENMA 420 Statistical Concepts in Engineering Management
Lectures 3 hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: two semesters of calculus or equivalent.
Introduction to concepts and tools in probability and statistics, with applications to engineering design, system analysis, manufacturing, and quality management problems.

ENMA 421 Decision Techniques in Engineering
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: two semesters of calculus or equivalent.
A systematic approach to the formulation of problem, the generation and evaluation of alternatives, and the selection and implementation of courses of action, as applied to engineering, manufacturing, and management decisions. Concepts include goals and objectives; variables and relations; constraints and feasibility; uncertainty and risk; models and optimization; data and information; analysis and simulation. Case studies in decision analysis, system analysis and operations research, requiring oral presentations and written reports, emphasize concepts and tools.

ENMA 424 Risk Analysis
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
The systematic approach to analysis of risk as applied to engineering, production, and management decisions is covered.  The objectives of this course are (1) to gain an appreciation of the strategic importance of risk analysis and its relationship to other business and engineering functions and (2) to develop a working knowledge of the concepts and methods in risk analysis.

ENMA 444 Leading Engineering Organizations
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
This course is designed to expose prospective engineering to leadership theories and practices encountered in the day-to-day activities of an engineering manager.  Topics include leadership definitions, in-depth explorations of relevant leadership theories, exposure to concepts and practices that include the definition and exercise of power, leading empowered teams, communicating effectively, appreciating diversity and applying the ethical foundations of leadership.  In this course, students will take advantage of assessments such as the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI) to determine strengths and areas for improvement.  The course uses a textbook and current peer-reviewed articles, class participation, experiential learning activities, student class presentations and writing assignments to facilitate learning.   Students will identify, explore and analyze best practices of leaders and are expected to use the knowledge and skills gained in the course create a service oriented leadership development.

ENMA 480 Ethics and Philosophy for Engineering Applications
Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits
This course is designed to expose prospective engineering managers to the theories and practices that are inherent in the ethical environment of modern organizations.  Topics include definitions of ethical behavior and leadership, the history of ethical thought, moral decision-making, and the importance of values such as honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness.   A full exploration of ethical autonomy, collaboration, communication and moral imagination will be conducted.  A variety of methods will be used to facilitate learning, including a textbook, regular journaling, movies and videos, case studies, small work group activities, experiential activities, on-line collaboration and writing assignments.  The successful student should gain a full understanding of the requirements for and the practice of ethical leadership and should be able to determine how to create, contribute to, and maintain a work environment that fosters openness and clear communication about issues and problems.