Courses In ETM

Engineering & Technology Management

Courses & Course Descriptions

Planning your degree

Part-time students usually take 1-2 courses per term. Full-time students take a minimum of 9 credits (2 courses + seminar). To help you plan, contact our front office or your advisor. Use the course planning tool, which provides a multi-year projection of what courses will be offered. Our Resources tab at the top covers many topics including advising, registration, credit transfers, and others.

What you will learn

Our courses cover four broad topic areas. The M.S. and Ph.D. program are designed to have all areas represented, while our graduate certificates focus on particular areas.

Decision and Analysis

Making informed, data-driven decisions is central to successful management. Courses in this area provide foundational knowledge on how to analyze data and structure decision problems and cover hands-on exercises and applications. These courses are the fundamental “toolbox” for any engineering manager.

Course offerings in 2020/21

ETM 535 Advanced Engineering Economics
ETM 522 Communication and Teambuilding
ETM 530 Decision Making
ETM 538 Decision Support Systems: Data Warehousing
ETM 520 Engineering and Technology Management - Fundamentals
ETM 590 Engineering and Technology Management Synthesis - Project Course
ETM 540 Operations Research
ETM 525 Strategic Planning in Engineering Management


Project Management

Many engineers enter management roles as project or program managers. Courses in this cluster prepare students for this responsibility and hone the skills of those already active in the field. The content aligns with but goes beyond the curriculum of Project Management Institute, which certifies project management skills. ETM does not offer PMI certification. This curriculum closely aligns with the Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Course offerings in 2020/21

ETM 558 Engineering Financial Management
ETM 544 Organizational Project Management
ETM 545 Project Management - Fundamentals
ETM 546 Project Management Tools
ETM 560 Total Quality Management

Innovation, Product Management, and Business Development

Engineers with product responsibility are tasked with turning ideas into successful products and business value. Courses in this area cover a range of skills, such as user-centered innovation, determining requirements, managing product development, planning the product life cycle, and developing new business opportunities.This curriculum closely aligns with the Graduate Certificate for New Product Development.

Course offerings in 2020/21

ETM 549 Management of Technology Innovation
ETM 547 New Product Development
ETM 543 Product Management (formerly Front End Management of New Product Development)
ETM 555 Technology Marketing
ETM 561 Technology Entrepreneurship
ETM 556 User-Centered Innovation

Managing the Technology Life Cycle

In high-tech, products are the result of integrating existing, newly developed, and externally sourced technologies. Companies need to keep track of hundreds of constantly evolving technologies and invest wisely in the ones that will be critical to their future business. Courses in this cluster provide the knowledge to make these decisions.This curriculum closely aligns with the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management of Technology

Course offerings in 2020/21

ETM 527 Competitive Strategies in Technology Management
ETM 526 Strategic Management of Technology
ETM 531 Technology Assessment and Acquisition
ETM 534 Technology Roadmapping
ETM 533 Technology Transfer

ETM for Undergraduates

ETM offers two courses for undergraduate students as part of the University Studies Cluster in Design Thinking, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 

Course offerings in 2020/21

ETM 347U Introduction to Product Design
ETM 356U Introduction to Service Design (formerly called Introduction to Human Centered Design)

Courses Currently Offered by ETM

Prefix & Number Course Title

ETM 347U

Introduction to Product Design

ETM 356U

Introduction to Human-Centered Design (new: to Service Design)

ETM 503/603

Thesis (503)/ Dissertation (603)

ETM 504/604

Cooperative Education/Internship

ETM 506/606

Special Projects

ETM 507/607

Seminar

ETM 520/620

Management of Engineering and Technology

ETM 522/622

Communication and Team Building

ETM 525/625

Strategic Planning

ETM 526/626

Strategic Management of Technology

ETM 527/627

Competitive Strategies in Technology Management

ETM 530/630

Decision Making

ETM 531/631

Technology Assessment & Acquisition

ETM 532/632

Technology Forecasting

ETM 534/634

Technology Roadmapping

ETM 535/635

Advanced Engineering Economics

ETM 536/636

R&D Management

ETM 538/638

Decision Support Systems: Data Warehousing

ETM 540/640

Operations Research

ETM 543/643

Front End Management for New Product Development

ETM 544/644

Organizational Project Management

ETM 545/645

Project Management

ETM 546/646

Project Management Tools

ETM 547/647

New Product Development

ETM 549/649

Management of Technology Innovation

ETM 555/655

Technology Marketing

ETM 556/656

User-Centered Innovation

ETM 558

Engineering Financial Management

ETM 560/660

Total Quality Management

ETM 561/661

Technology Entrepreneurship

ETM 590

Engineering and Technology Management Synthesis

 

 

 

 

Course Descriptions

ETM 347U Introduction to Product Design

This course is geared to students interested in understanding products and their roles in our culture and lives, and experiencing some of what is involved in their design and production. Course will reflect a multidisciplinary approach and will enhance students’ teamwork experience, communication skills, and exposure to the various disciplines.

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ETM 356U Introduction to Human-Centered Design

This course will be renamed to "Introduction to Service Design". HCD is an approach that puts human needs, capabilities, and behaviors first, then designs to accommodate them. This course will build on the principles of Design Thinking to further students’ knowledge and hands-on practice applied to the creation of services that enhance human experiences. Expected preparation: Unst 222 (SINQ) before or concurrently.

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ETM 503/603 Thesis/ Dissertation

Culminating experience for master's and PhD students, respectively. Enrollment via By Arrangement only. Speak with your advisor before enrolling.

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ETM 504/604 Cooperative Education/ Internship

Enrollment via By Arrangement only. Speak with your advisor before enrolling.

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ETM 506/606 Special Projects

Capstone projects (4 credits) for the M.S. degree in Engineering Management can be taken instead of an Masters thesis (8 credits) or ETM 590 (4 credits) to satisfy curriculum requirements. The student must have graduate standing, must have completed at least six courses of the MS in ETM program, and must first discuss their proposed project with a faculty advisor of their choice (many students do their projects with their assigned advisor, but that is not a requirement). Students then conduct individual research on a project approved by the faculty advisor who supervises the work. Findings are presented in the form of a report after being accepted by the supervising advisor.

 
Capstone projects cannot be registered online but require a "By Arrangement" form. Contact the ETM department office if you have questions.
 

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ETM 507/607 Seminar

The graduate seminar is a series of lectures on "up and coming" topics in the field of Engineering and Technology Management. Guest speakers are from academia and industry. The seminar covers recent developments in the field of ETM, gives insights into the department's research activities, and presents possible topics for independent studies or capstone projects. Strongly recommended for PhD students.

Please note: seminar credits are Pass/No Pass only and do not count towards ETM degrees or certificates. They do count towards full-time graduate status.

View the current Graduate Seminar schedule here.

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ETM 520/620 Management of Engineering and Technology

Study of fundamental concepts of engineering and technology management to provide the students with an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles of this discipline. Innovation process, technological change, motivation and leadership theories applicable to engineers and scientists, technological entrepreneurship, strategic management of technology and system interfaces in existing and emerging technologies are discussed in the course. Ongoing engineering and technology management research is critically evaluated in classroom discussions. Case studies and team projects are included.

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ETM 522/622 Communication and Team Building

Developing high performance teams for engineering- and technology-driven companies; fundamental concepts that make an effective team; building a high-performance team; the keys to high performance; converting risks into assets; the power of commitment and discipline, and constructive communication; getting results through team dynamics, creative problem solving, and interactive exercises.

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ETM 525/625 Strategic Planning

Critical issues in shaping the competitive strategy for the engineering- and technology-driven companies in a turbulent business environment; key steps and end results of the planning process; corporate mission; Key Result Areas (KRAs) and situational analysis including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in KRAs. Identifying planning assumptions, critical issues, setting objectives, formulating strategy. Leadership, organizational culture, and structure to support the implementation of a strategic plan as well as the strategic control systems. Case studies, presentations, term projects, teamwork, and interactive exercises.

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ETM 526/626 Strategic Management of Technology

Analyses of the structure and competitive dynamics of technology driven industries; resource and knowledge-based frameworks for competitive advantage, which are applied to technology driven industries; as well as a discussion of corporate, international and global strategies for technology driven ventures.

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ETM 527/627 Competitive Strategies in Technology Management

Provides perspectives, theories and methods used to analyze, formulate and implement competitive strategies in technology intensive industries. Provides a historical perspective on the evolution of competitive strategy theory and techniques including their foundations with key concepts and issues from strategic management thought leaders and present examples of the application of those concepts in business situations. Covers frameworks and tools used for strategy analysis, development and implementation.

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ETM 530/630 Decision Making

Decision and value theory concepts are applied to technical and management decisions under uncertainty. Multi-criteria decisions are analyzed. Subjective, judgmental decisions are quantified for expert decisions and conflict resolution in strategic decisions involving technological alternatives. Hierarchical decision modeling approach is introduced. Individual and aggregate decisions are measured. Decision discrepancies and group disagreements are evaluated. Case studies are included in the course.

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ETM 531/631 Technology Assessment & Acquisition

Fundamental concepts of assessing technologies including evaluation attributes and methodologies, impacts and impact relationships, and technology diffusion from individual, organizational, technical and market perspectives. Case studies, professional and research articles, and guest speakers from local companies included.

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ETM 532/632 Technology Forecasting

Fundamental concepts of technology forecasting. Differences between ordinary forecasting and technology forecasting, objectives of technology forecasting, tools and methods and their applications, selection of the right forecasting methodology, planning for technology forecasting, identifying attributes for forecasting, and managing technology forecasting. Topics are discussed through case studies, professional and research articles, guest speakers from local companies, and recently published books.

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ETM 534/634 Technology Roadmapping

Introduces Technology Roadmapping (TRM), which provides a structured approach for exploring and communicating the relationships between evolving and developing markets, products and technologies over time. Roadmaps allow technology developments to be integrated with business planning, and the impact of new technologies and market developments to be assessed. Roadmaps also seek to capture the environmental landscape, threats and opportunities for a particular group of stakeholders in a technology or application area.

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ETM 535/635 Advanced Engineering Economics

Economic evaluation of engineering and R&D projects is covered from the engineering management viewpoint. Time value of money, tax considerations, break-even analysis, sensitivity analysis, project evaluations under uncertainty, risk sharing, capital budgeting, financial ratios, and cost estimating techniques are studied. A business simulation game is used throughout the course to gain a better understanding of financial decision making.

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ETM 536/636 RDM: R&D Management

Managerial aspects of Research and Development (R&D) including special issues in managing research at national labs, university settings, and industry labs. Reviews evaluation methods and multi objective analysis used for R&D project selection. Development analyzed across the following venues: Roadmap Development, Eco system Development, Platform Development, Product Development, Technology Development, Prototype Development, Initiative Development. Focus on integration of research and development functions; project management challenges resulting from the uncertain nature of R&D; and the difficulties in measuring on-going R&D outputs.

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ETM 538/638 Decision Support Systems: Data Warehousing

Critical issues in developing data warehouse for decision support systems. Examines when and why an organization needs a data warehouse for decision support systems; how to organize data in a data warehouse; complications in designing a data warehouse system; and identifying resources.

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ETM 540/640 Operations Research

Covers the use of operations research techniques in making engineering and technology management decisions. The primary emphasis is placed on applying and interpreting linear and integer programming. Problem formulations, mathematical model building, the basic principles behind the Simplex algorithm, and multiple objective linear optimization are included in the course. Post-optimality analysis is studied from the viewpoint of technology management. Other operations research techniques such as queuing models will also be covered. The course includes a term project involving an actual operations problem.

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ETM 543/643 Front End Management for New Product Development

Provides students with an understanding of the activities and challenges of managing the early stages of new product development, the so-called “fuzzy front-end”. It covers concepts, methods and tools for bridging the gap between strategic planning and new product development, for identifying opportunities, for generating and selecting product ideas, for developing product concepts, and for selecting new product development projects.

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ETM 544/644 Organizational Project Management

Covers the strategic components which drive the integration of initiatives, goals and projects within an organization. It involves the three primary domains of Portfolio, Program and Project Management. These domains support the management of business units, functions or company divisions and need to be in alignment for the business organization to be effective in pursuit of its vision. It includes coverage of macro level project management topics such as project management maturity models and the micro level such as agile project management.

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ETM 545/645 Project Management

Critical issues in the management of engineering and high technology projects; analysis of time, cost, performance, parameters from the organizational, people and resource perspectives; project planning, evaluation and selection, including project selection models; project and matrix organizations; project teams; scheduling and termination of projects. Case discussions and a term project are included in the course.

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ETM 546/646 Project Management Tools

An in-depth study and review of the major problems and analytical techniques used in the planning and implementing of major industrial projects. Specific focus on three primary areas: (1) time management: network scheduling techniques, including CPM/PERT, Critical Chain, etc., (2) cost: earned value analysis, and (3) risk: management techniques such as Monte Carlo analysis. An emphasis is placed on the integration of the techniques in the areas. The contingency approach to designing a project management toolbox based on the three areas of time, cost, and risk management is included.

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ETM 547/647 New Product Development

Examines complete product development process and key issues in new product development critical to developing profitable products in today’s technology oriented companies. Topics include technology integration, disruptive technologies, concurrent engineering, and creating innovative environments. Review of cases and published articles addressing these issues. Students develop a plan for a new product including risk assessments in areas such as manufacturing, design, and testing.

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ETM 549/649 Management of Technology Innovation

Describes and explains phenomena pertaining to technological innovation. Focus on the interplay between engineering/technology and the economical, cultural, psychological, social and technical aspects of the engineering environment. Provides technology managers a toolkit to make engineering and technical innovations successful. Also covers how engineering and technology management enables technological innovation.

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ETM 555/655 Technology Marketing

This course is designed to introduce students to the special issues faced by managers marketing technological products in markets characterized by rapid environmental change. Topics include an examination of the marketing/engineering/manufacturing interface, product innovation strategies, value-based pricing, buyer behavior and strategic selling, competitive market analysis and positioning, and distribution strategies. Emphasis is placed on strategies for marketing technology products in industrial markets.

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ETM 556/656 User-Centered Innovation

Introduction to the various strengths and weaknesses of approaches to innovation. Focuses on a customer-driven methodology and introduces the increasingly prominent role of design in creating memorable experience, and emotional connection with a product and/or a company.

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ETM 558 Engineering Financial Management

Teaches key concepts of financial and cost management and their linkage to overall business strategies for non-financial managers. Emphasizes the educational needs and perspective of functional and project managers in engineering and research.

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ETM 560/660 Total Quality Management

Critical principles and procedures of quality management in a competitive global environment; contemporary definitions of quality; quality in production/services; quality economics; quality philosophies; planning, organizing, and controlling for quality; human resource and empowerment strategies; and QC tools. Case studies, presentations, term projects, and teamwork.

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ETM 561/661 Technology Entrepreneurship

Examines how to start and grow a high technology company or high technology venture. Covers the complete venture creation process: key issues in high tech markets, startup finance, growth strategies and exit strategies. Guest lectures by practicing entrepreneurs, executives and financiers. Student teams create a technology startup business around technology that they develop, write a business plan and present their technology business idea to a financier.

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ETM 590 Engineering and Technology Management Synthesis

This is an alternate choice for the capstone course in the Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management. It synthesizes the concepts and methodologies of engineering and technology management into an individual or group project. The research base for the project may come from any combination of the study areas covered in Engineering and Technology Management.

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