Curriculum

Term Course Course Name and Description Credits
Fall ESI 6314 Deterministic Methods in Operations Research: Introduction to deterministic decision-making models and their solutions with computer packages. Emphasis on modeling realistic business situations, where costs have to be reduced, profits increased, or systems improved. Additional focus on solution analysis to gain insight into, and ultimately arrive at  optimal decisions. 4
Fall MAN 5245 Organizational Behavior: The objective of this course is to enhance your understanding of the determinants of the behavior in work settings, and provide strategies for improving your effectiveness when you perform in leadership roles.  During this class, we will: (a) explore the determinants of the attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of people in organizations; (b) examine the characteristics that influence leaders to emerge and perform effectively; and (c) identify those leader behaviors that have been found to be the most important ones for enhancing organizational effectiveness. Given the technical backgrounds of the students in this course, particular emphasis will be placed on some of the unique challenges that are faced by leaders in the technology and engineering industry. 3
Spring ESI 6346 Decision Making under Uncertainty: This course focuses on the fundamentals and analysis of decision problems in the presence of uncertainty.  Students will learn methods and tools for mathematical modeling of engineered processes with inherent uncertainty and risk.  Particular emphasis is placed on applications, and how the stochastic models covered in the course apply to modern engineering practice in both manufacturing and service industries. 3
Spring ACG 5065 Financial and Managerial Accounting: This course provides a broad overview of financial and managerial accounting principles for engineers and other non-financial personnel. The financial accounting module will enable technical decision makers to understand the relationship between accounting numbers and a firm’s financing, investing and operating decisions. In turn, technical decision makers are expected to understand and evaluate the effect of managerial decisions on their firm’s profitability, risk, flexibility and value. The managerial accounting module will enable technical decision makers to understand the structure of cost accounting used in most firms today and thereby empower them to support and defend decisions related to production and cost, including some concepts from throughput accounting and the world of theory of constraints. It also looks at master budgets, scorecards, activity drivers and capital budgeting, with some development of time-value-of-money calculations and selection among projects. Thus, the overriding emphasis of the course is to empower technical decision makers to become competent participants in the financial decisions of technical organizations. 3
Summer ESI 6323 Models for Supply Chain Management: This course is designed to introduce engineering students to techniques for developing mathematical modeling tools for production, inventory, and transportation logistics problems in supply chains.  Case studies and practical problem descriptions are utilized in order to expose students to the technical challenges involved in planning and executing supply chain activities, with emphasis on both service and manufacturing supply chains, as well as global supply chains. 3
Summer FIN 5405 Business Financial Management: This course will cover financial statements analysis; financial tools: time value of money, rates, and decision rules; stock and bond valuation, as well as project valuation; concepts of risk and return; capital structure decisions.  Emphasis placed on application of tools and techniques to those with an engineering, programming, or other technical background.  Examples and cases challenge students to examine situations from both a “best engineering” or “best technical” solution along with “best financial” case. 3
Fall EIN 6176 Advanced Quality Management and Engineering for Business Processes: This course provides an introduction to statistical techniques used in the design, control and improvement of quality in processes with observable output variation. Emphasis is made on implementation of a variety of techniques including control charts, acceptance sampling and design of experiments. The course closes with an introduction to the economic analysis of quality provision in bilateral contracts (principal-agent models) and market-based competition. 3
Fall MAR 5805 Marketing Management: The objective of this course is to introduce you to the topic of marketing while also honing your ability to make well-reasoned decisions at the interface of marketing and engineering.  We will cover all of the material covered in the full-time MBA core class at UF.  Whereas most core marketing courses focus on the “nuts and bolts” of classic marketing tactics (i.e., product, price, promotion, and distribution), we will take a strategic perspective by relating these topics to the goal of sustainable competitive advantage.  Moreover, this course includes a significant module on product development—which is particularly pertinent to the engineering context.  Product development is an increasingly critical activity in most firms.  Success at new product development can determine the survival of a firm.  Unfortunately, an astonishingly large percentage of new products fail, and the cost of failure in dollar terms can be enormous.  Research suggests that failure can be traced in part to a lack of consumer perspective among product developers.  The material covered in this module should be considered a core element of engineering education. 3
Spring EIN 6905 Master’s Project: The Master’s project is the capstone event in the Outreach Engineering Management curriculum. In it you will carry out an in-depth analysis on an engineering management topic under the supervision of a faculty member from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The effort culminates in a written project report and a presentation to the OEM class.  You may want to derive your project from your workplace, where you can exploit your OEM experience to benefit both yourself and your place of employment. The focus for your project can be based on material from Deterministic Methods in Operations Research, Decision Making under Uncertainty, Models for Supply Chain Management, and/or Advanced Quality Management and Engineering for Business Processes. You can also incorporate material from the College of Business courses, and this is encouraged.

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Spring MAN 6721 Business Policy: Integrating and applying the various functional and support areas of business administration. Addresses realistic situations with an integrative approach to business strategies and decision making in a dynamic environment.  Primary focus is on providing strategic management skills for engineers, scientists, and technical professionals. 3
Total Credits in Program 32