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Course Descriptions

Required Technical Project Management

PMGT 650 Overview of Technical Project Management (3 credit hours)

This course applies a systems engineering approach to project management and introduces the student to the entire lifecycle of technical projects as offered by Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ((PMBOK® Guide) and other resources.  Practical assignments are combined with industry-accepted standards for the purpose of developing a logical framework for managing and leading technical projects. The five major process groups of Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing are investigated in relationship with the ten knowledge areas of Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communication, Risk, Procurement and stakeholder management. Professional responsibility and ethics will receive particular emphasis. A Capstone Project requirement is a major component of this course and integrated into the other Technical Project Management (TPM) courses, PMGT 651, PMGT 652, and PMGT 653. A formal presentation of the completed TPM Capstone Project to industry, academic and public professionals will be required at the successful completion of the fourth TPM course.   Prerequisite: None

PMGT 651 Technical Project Planning and Scheduling (3 credit hours)

This course explores the principles and applications of work breakdown structures (WBS); the Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT); earned value management, critical chain scheduling and buffer management; definition and allocation of resources; resource leveling; and schedule compression. Course content includes realistic projects, case studies, MS Project computer applications, along with web-based management and technology tools. Each student will continue working on their Capstone Project started in PMGT-650.  Prerequisite: PMGT-650 and PMGT-652; or instructor permission.

PMGT 652 Applications of Quality Management (3 credit hours)

This course investigates risk planning and the principles of quality management and their application in the technical project environment. The standards, tools, techniques and deliverables as related to the development and implementation of a comprehensive quality system will be explored. Topics related to ISO 9000, lean six sigma methodology, business process improvement, and risk planning and mitigation will be addressed. Each student will continue working on their Capstone Project started in PMGT-650. Prerequisite: Must be taken after or simultaneously with PMGT-650.

PMGT 653 Technical Project Support and Operations (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the activities necessary for the completion of a project, but not normally recognized as project activities. These activities include project plan development, human resources, communication, procurement, and stakeholder management. Each student will continue working on their Capstone Project started in

PMGT-650, and if PMGT-651 and PMGT-652 have been successfully completed, will formally present the completed project as part of this course. Prerequisite: PMGT-650 and PMGT-652 or PMGT-651; or instructor permission.

Required Leadership 

PMGT 671 Project Manager Leadership Development (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide project management students with knowledge and understanding of proven concepts for the development of leadership skill essential to lead and manage technical project teams. It is intended for students who want to improve their knowledge in the area of technical project leadership and management responsibilities. Students will be exposed to the issues related to understanding the difference between leadership and management, the leadership behaviors unique to the best performing project managers, the casual influences that impact leadership development, and the importance of coaching, mentoring, and corporate culture. Course content will include the study of proven research results, case studies, guest speakers, individual study, and executive interviews. Prerequisite: PMGT-650 or instructor permission.

PMGT 672 Applied Leadership Concepts (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide project/program management professionals with advanced leadership skills. Areas covered in the course will include leadership challenges unique to international projects, virtual project teams, executive leadership issues, conflict resolution, oral, written, and electronic communications, negotiations, high performance teams, and secession planning. Course content will include case studies, guest speakers, executive interviews, and team case studies. Prerequisites: PMGT-650 and PMGT-671.

Areas of Study

Program Management

PMGT-660 Overview of Technical Program Management (3 credit hours)

This course introduces the student to the complexities of technical program management, as offered by Project Management Institute’s (PMI) The Standard For Program Management, and other sources. The course provides an overview of the technical expertise, leadership and management skills, and cultural factors that generate success in management of today’s complex technical programs. An overview of the social, economic, political, media, and regulatory issues faced by program managers will be explored to enable an understanding of the complex issues that must be managed. The primary intent of this course is to expose students to the many challenging issues being faced internally and externally so that successful processes can be developed and pitfalls avoided. Key topics covered will include the need for effective processes and management agility, establishing a culture of communication, superior stakeholder engagement, and active executive support in program governance.  Prerequisite: PMGT-650 and PMGT-653.

PMGT-661 The Legal and Contractual Aspects of Program Management (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of legal and contractual issues that influence and impact technical program and project management decisions. An overview of the legal system and regulatory framework will be developed to facilitate an understanding of potential legal issues. Primary focus is placed upon understanding and avoiding pitfalls associated with the contracting process as it pertains to Engineering and Construction programs and large Government/Private Programs. Other topics include legal relationships between the Client, Prime Contractor and Design Professional; negligence and the Design Professional; Design Professional licensing and liability; the role of insurance and bonds in program management; personnel and labor issues; intellectual property; environmental liability in public and private construction; claims, arbitration, and dispute resolution options; and the ethical implications of decisions. Prerequisite: PMGT-650

PMGT-685 Decision and Risk Analysis (3 credit hours)

This course takes a broad study of decision analysis tools and techniques used in technical and management decision making within a risk management context. Integration of sustainability with decision and risk analysis will be emphasized. Students will develop an industry standard Risk Management Strategy and a Decision Management Strategy. Topics of study include decision and alternative definition, analytical decision support, probability theory and statistics, decision framing, cognitive bias, risk planning and identification, risk analysis, risk breakdown structures, sensitivity and multi-attribute utility analysis and decision implementation.  Prerequisites: None

PMGT-680 Systems Engineering Management Fundamentals (3 credit hours)

This course is an overview of system engineering practices and principles, with an emphasis on system life cycle processes and activities. Content is based on the INCOSE System Engineering Handbook as well as other related texts and applicable industry standards. Students will participate in individual and team projects. Topics of study include System Engineering Concepts, the System of Systems (SOS), System Definition and Development, System Design Requirements, integration strategies, System Modeling, Project Planning, System Engineering Processes, leadership, and organizing to manage processes associated with complex technical systems.  Prerequisites: None

Systems Engineering Management

PMGT-680 Systems Engineering Management Fundamentals (3 credit hours)

This course is an overview of system engineering practices and principles, with an emphasis on system life cycle processes and activities. Content is based on the INCOSE System Engineering Handbook as well as other related texts and applicable industry standards. Students will participate in individual and team projects. Topics of study include System Engineering Concepts, the System of Systems (SOS), System Definition and Development, System Design Requirements, integration strategies, System Modeling, Project Planning, System Engineering Processes, leadership, and organizing to manage processes associated with complex technical systems.   Prerequisites: None

PMGT-681 Requirements Development and Management (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to build the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the translation of needs and priorities into a system of requirements and to develop derived requirements. These together form the basis of the engineering of complex technical and multidiscipline projects. Course topics will focus on managing the processes associated with the development of system requirements. The course will introduce concepts associated with the translation of user needs and priorities into basic functions and quantifiable performance requirements, along with how to analyze and improve upon the requirements in areas such as correctness, completeness, consistency, measurability and testability.   Prerequisite: PMGT-680 or instructor permission

PMGT-682 System Verification and Validation (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to build knowledge and performance competencies related to the verification and validation processes associated with ensuring the integrity of an evolving design solution. A comprehensive exploration of system verification and validation practices will be performed to provide a basis for applying technical modeling and simulation techniques and lifecycle phases. Course topics will include an examination of applicable industry standards and provide a broad understanding associated with relevant process areas. Prerequisite: PMGT-680 and PMGT-681 or instructor permission.

And one of the following elective courses: 

PMGT-683 Systems Modeling and Integration (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of how systems engineers employ models and simulations to implement the systems engineering process model. Conceptual understanding and practical skills in the application and integration of systems modeling and simulation will be addressed, in addition to model and simulation development and application to facilitate decision making. Principles and theoretical frameworks will be explored to provide the practical knowledge and skills associated with the application and integration of systems modeling and simulation within complex systems or technical organizations. Topics of study include process improvement, lean enterprise concepts, requirements allocation, and system optimization.  Prerequisite: None

PMGT-684 Human System Integration (3 credit hours)

This course examines the application of human system integration (HSI) theories and principles to understand human factors, safety engineering, and the limitations of the human. Emphasis will be placed on reducing life cycle costs and optimizing system performance through an understanding of the relationships between humans and technology in complex systems. Topics will focus on the design of interactive products to support the way people communicate and interact, including human factors, safety, rapid prototyping, mock-ups, habitability, survivability and team behavior.  Prerequisites: None

PMGT-685 Decision and Risk Analysis (3 credit hours)

This course takes a broad study of decision analysis tools and techniques used in technical and management decision making within a risk management context. Integration of sustainability with decision and risk analysis will be emphasized. Students will develop an industry standard Risk Management Strategy and a Decision Management Strategy. Topics of study include decision and alternative definition, analytical decision support, probability theory and statistics, decision framing, cognitive bias, risk planning and identification, risk analysis, risk breakdown structures, sensitivity and multi-attribute utility analysis and decision implementation.  Prerequisites: None

Leadership

BADM-710 Foundations of Quantitative Methods and Operations Management (3 credit hours)

This course provides students with an introduction to both the fundamentals of operations management and the essential concepts of probability and statistics. Topics include collection, organization, description, and presentation of data; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; regression, model building, and correlation analysis; forecasting; statistical process control; decision analysis; and waiting lines. Emphasis is on understanding the processes involved in the sourcing, production, and delivery of products and services, along with related operational issues like customer satisfaction, scheduling, project management, quality, inventory, reliability, and capacity management. The spreadsheet computational tool (Excel) is heavily used in this course.   Prerequisites: None

 BADM-713 Communication for Leadership (3 credit hours)

This course provides insight on the role of organizations as communication systems in which effective writing and speaking are crucial. Emphasis is on developing awareness of verbal and written styles, interpersonal skills, and creating a repertoire of writing and speaking strategies.  Prerequisite: None

BADM-722 Leadership in Organizations (3 credit hours)

This course is a seminar that focuses on the understanding and application of organizational theory and leadership principles. In addition, the course will include components on developing individual leadership skills and different theories of organizations. The applications component of the course will include a variety of approaches such as cases, films, guest speakers, individual self-assessment, role play, team building exercises, and a leadership portfolio.   Prerequisite: None

PMGT-690 Independent Study (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to complement classroom instruction by allowing for work on an advanced academic project under the direction of one or more of the faculty of the School of Engineering. Students will have the opportunity to relate their classroom experiences to an investigation of advanced topics.  Applicable efforts, activities, and topics will be approved through the Department of Engineering Leadership and Program Management. Prerequisites: PMGT-650 and instructor permission

PSYC-500 Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)

An analysis of the principles of human development with emphasis on the contributions of biological, social, psychological, and multicultural influences as applied to an understanding of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development across the life-span. Particular emphasis will be given to the psychobiological nature and social context of development as well as cultural and ethnic variations impacting on developmental processes.   Prerequisites: None

PSYC-523 Statistics and Research Design (3 credit hours)

Course will focus on descriptive and inferential statistics as tools for exploration of quantitative research methods. Students will develop competence in generating basic research designs to answer questions in schools, agencies, and practice.   Prerequisites: None

PSYC-570 Social and Cognitive Foundations of Interpersonal Behavior (3 credit hours)

This course presents a survey of the scientific study of social influence -- or social psychology, in other words. The class is based on the premise that a fundamental understanding of the basic forces affecting how individuals think and behave in social settings serves as a cornerstone of effective interpersonal behavior and sound leadership, and is thus critical to successful performance in virtually every professional endeavor. The topics addressed include social judgment and decision-making, attitudes and attitude change, persuasion, group processes, prejudice and discrimination, and conflict resolution.  Prerequisites: None

Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses

CIVL-502 Sustainability (3 credit hours)

This course provides an introduction to the broad topic of sustainability and its application to engineering. A foundation of study on the historical perspective of sustainability leads to a focus on sustainable development, sustainable design. Prerequisites: BS degree in engineering or related field

 CIVL-504 Natural Hazards and Preservation of Historical Structures (3 credit hours)

Engineering and science applications and socio-economic impacts of natural hazards on historic structures. Course provides thorough overview of design, rehabilitation, and other socio economic decisions related to natural hazards and historical structures. Prerequisites: BS degree in engineering or related field

CIVL-506 Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

Instruction in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) focusing on data analysis and application methods for engineers, planners and related professions. Fundamental topics include spatial analysis, geostatistical analysis, 3-D modeling, and vector/raster modeling. The focus of the course is on gaining a fundamental understanding of spatial data structures in GIS, geo-spatial data acquisition, geoprocessing, geostatistical methods; visualization, exploration of spatial data; network analysis, terrain mapping, spatial analysis, and modeling. The course will include specific emphasis on urban land use evaluation methods, transportation analysis (dynamic segmentation and routing) and hydrologic modeling. Prerequisites: BS in mathematics, science, or engineering, or permission from instructor. Familiarity with basic GIS concepts with and either ARC/INFO, ArcView, or ArcGIS highly recommended.

CIVL-508 Monitoring of Civil Engineering Infrastructure (3 credit hours)

Design and analysis of instrumentation systems to monitoring of civil engineering infrastructure for the purpose of evaluating performance and/or design. Covered topics include principles of measurement, measurement errors and error analysis, instrumentation sensor types and calibration, data acquisition and signal conditioning, and data management. Prerequisites: CIV-330 or equivalent or permission from instructor

CIVL-602 Water Quality Modeling and Management (3 credit hours)

Water quality analysis and simulation of physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting rivers, lakes, estuaries, and drinking water distribution systems. Included are best management practices based on application of water quality modeling techniques to environmental systems (rivers, lakes, distribution systems, etc. Prerequisites: CIVL-312 or permission from instructor

 CIVL-604 Aquatic Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Quantitative treatment of variables that govern the chemistry of aquatic systems such as lakes, oceans, rivers, estuaries, and groundwater. Emphasis on carbonate in open and closed systems, metal complexation and solubility, and oxidation-reduction reactions.  Prerequisites: CHEM-152/162 or permission from instructor

CIVL-608 Building Load Analysis (3 credit hours)

Structural engineering applications of analysis methodologies used to determine loads in accordance with ASCE 7. Course provides thorough overview of all practical load considerations. Prerequisites: CIVL-309 or approved equivalent

 CIVL-610 Timber Design (3 credit hours)

Design of wood framed structures in accordance with the NDS Specification. Course provides thorough overview of practical member and connection design and real world applications. Prerequisites: CIVL-304 or approved equivalent

CIVL-612 Urban Transportation Planning (3 credit hours)

A systems approach to the transportation planning process focusing on policy issues and the decision making process. Topics include:  1.) Trip generation modeling –variables influencing trip generation, regression analysis and category analysis; 2.) Trip distribution – modeling factors governing trip distribution, growth factor methods and gravity models, calibration of gravity models; 3.) Mode split modeling – factors influencing mode choice, discrete choice models; 4.) Route selection – traffic assignment; and 5.) Transportation surveys; transport related land use models, urban structure, urban goods transport. Use of popular travel demand software and transportation planning applications will also be covered.   Prerequisites: BS in mathematics, science, or engineering, or permission from instructor

CIVL-614 Ground Improvement (3 credit hours)

This course provides a thorough overview of several design and construction methods for improving in-situ soil conditions. Covered topics include site exploration; evaluation of in-situ soil conditions via in-situ testing; soil liquefaction; soil shear strength and compressibility; soil nailing; foundation problems for highway embankments; soil grouting; dynamic compaction, vibro-compaction; and vibro-replacement.  Prerequisites: CIVL-410 or equivalent or permission from instructor

CIVL-616 Deep Foundations (3 credit hours)

Design, construction, and inspection of deep foundation systems. Covered topics include effects of deep foundation installations; static capacity and settlement analysis of single pile and pile groups under axial and lateral loads; drilled shaft design, construction, and inspection techniques; deep foundation load testing standards, interpretation, and simulation; non-destructive testing and subsequent analysis; cost analysis of deep foundations. Prerequisites: CIVL-410 or equivalent or permission from instructor

CIVL-650 Special Graduate Topics in Civil Engineering (3 credit hours)

Selected graduate topics in civil engineering. The offering of this course will depend upon the interest of the students, the availability of an instructor, and the approval of the department head. Since the content of this course may change, a student may repeat the course for credit with the consent of the department head. Prerequisites: Graduate status and permission from department head. Prerequisites: None

Electrical and Computer Engineering

ELEC-605 Advanced Power Systems (3 credit hours)

A review of AC systems, power flow and symmetrical faults will be given. Students will study symmetrical components, unsymmetrical faults, system protection, power system controls, and power line transients. Additional topics will include power flow computational methods, regulatory aspects of the North American power grid, and the use of computer tools for the design of transmission and distribution systems. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor, and an undergraduate course in power system analysis or equivalent

ELEC-615 Spectral Analysis (3 credit hours)

Spectral estimation and analysis plays a key role in a large variety of signal processing applications. Classical and modern spectral analysis techniques are developed and compared in terms of performance and implementation. Topics covered include random-discrete signals, sample autocorrelations functions, the periodogram, and parametric spectral estimates.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor, and an undergraduate course(s) in continuous and discrete time signal analysis or equivalent

ELEC-625 RF Systems (3 credit hours)

Analysis, design, and optimization of radio-frequency systems. The operation and characterization of RF components, fundamentals of noise and distortion, and system concepts including tools such as level charts and link budgets will be taught. Applications will include wireless communication systems and radar.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor, and undergraduate courses in linear systems and electromagnetic fields

ELEC-635 Adaptive Signal Processing (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the analysis and design of adaptive systems with applications in the areas of communications, signal processing, and control. Topics include random signal models; theory of adaptation and performance measures; LMS and RLS algorithms; optimal filtering; adaptive equalization; interference cancellation; signal prediction; and system identification.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor, and undergraduate courses in signals and systems, and probability and statistics for engineers

ELEC-645 Data Communication Networks (3 credit hours)

Fundamentals of data communication networks. Emphasis on network algorithms and their performance. Topics include: layered network architecture, Link Layer protocols, high-speed packet switching, queueing theory, Local Area Networks, and Wide Area Networking issues, including routing and flow control.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor, and undergraduate courses in computer programming and probability and statistics for engineers

ELEC-655 Digital Communications (3 credit hours)

Introduction to modern digital communication systems.  Emphasis on modulation and detection techniques and their performance in the presence of noise.  Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor, and undergraduate courses in linear systems and probability and statistics for engineers

ELEC-665 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion (3 credit hours)

This course covers fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemistry, flow and transport processes as applied to energy systems. Topics include analysis of energy conversion in thermomechanical, thermochemical, electrochemical, and photoelectric processes in existing and future power and transportation systems, with emphasis on efficiency, environmental impact and performance. Systems utilizing fossil fuels, hydrogen, nuclear and renewable resources, over a range of sizes and scales are discussed. Applications include fuel reforming, hydrogen and synthetic fuel production, fuel cells and batteries, combustion, hybrids, catalysis, supercritical and combined cycles, photovoltaics, etc. The course also deals with different forms of energy storage and transmission, and optimal source utilization and fuel-life cycle analysis. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission from instructor and undergraduate courses in university physics and engineering mathematics

ELEC-675 Computer Architecture (3 credit hours)

Organization and design of computer systems hardware. Provides the basic knowledge required for understanding and designing standard and advanced computer architectures. Topics include: instruction set architectures, ALU design and computer arithmetic, memory organization, cache and virtual memories, controller design, pipelining and parallelism. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission of the instructor, and undergraduate courses in digital logic design and assembly language programming