The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Engineering Management: O/C (CMGT)

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CMGT 505: Decision Analysis

3.00 Credits

Introduces decision analysis, a quantitative decision making technique for systematic evaluation of alternative courses of action under conditions of uncertainty. Complex decision problems are divided into separable components for analysis. The decision maker's perceptions of options, future states of nature, probabilities and utilities for various options are determined explicitly. Topics include the fundamentals of probability theory, decision trees, expected monetary values, utility theory, sampling, and risk sharing.

CMGT 508: Technology Management

3.00 Credits

This course describes the guiding principles and critical issues of knowledge and technology management, and provides the tools to design and implement a successful technology strategy as part of the overall strategy of the organization. It discusses topics essential for the management of public and private sector high technology organizations and issues relevant to their survival. Examples of these issues include: development and application of knowledge, integration of technology and business strategy, development of competencies and capabilities to stay in the forefront of technology in the global marketplace, response to change, specific human resource and organizational factors involved in management of knowledge and technology, forecasting and technology selection, and the influence of the internal and external environment.

CMGT 510: Information Systems for Managers

3.00 Credits

Presents an in-depth orientation for current and future managers. Addresses the organizational foundations of systems, their strategic role, and the organizational and management changes driving electronic commerce and electronic business in the digital organization. Explores the technical foundation for understanding (IS) and how information technologies (IT) work together with the Internet to create a new infrastructure for the digital integration of the organization. Focuses on the role of IS in capturing and distributing organizational knowledge and in enhancing management decision making and the process of redesigning the organization using IS.

CMGT 515: Software Management Decisions for Engineering Leaders

3.00 Credits

Summary: Focuses on the competencies essential for successful software management decisions by leaders within engineering and technical organizations, Includes decision factors when purchasing, installing, using, and securing software products. Engineering manager skills include the ability to assess and tailor processes, to evaluate alternative processes and become aware of process standards, to define the product, to manage requirements and subcontractors, to perform initial assessments, to select methods and tools, to track product quality, and to understand development activities. Additional engineering manager project related skills include building a work breakdown structure, documenting plans, estimating cost and effort, managing risks, monitoring development, scheduling, selecting metrics and project management tools, and tracking progress and process. Engineering manager people related skills include appraising performance, handling intellectual property, effective meetings, interaction and communication, leadership, managing change, negotiating successfully, planning careers, presenting effectively, recruiting, selecting a team, and team building.

CMGT 547: Managerial Engineering Economics

3.00 Credits

Examines decision-making based on comparisons of the economic worth of alternative courses of action with respect to their costs and/or incomes or benefits. The early part of the course focuses on the conventional mathematics of money and interest; i.e., the time value of money. It stresses the concepts of Present Worth, Equivalent Annual Worth, and Rate-of-Return calculations. . This mathematics framework is then applied to consideration of specific decision problems of private sector capital investment choices, asset replacement, and analysis of public projects. Presents the overlapping aspects of accounting, finance, and investment analysis, including the related aspects of depreciation, inflation, risk management, and sensitivity analysis.

CMGT 561: Engineering Ergonomics

3.00 Credits

A systematic design approach to the human-task-environmental system to increase productivity and decrease risk of injury and system failure. The course focuses on identifying ergonomic problems and developing design solutions to address those problems. Topics include anthropometry, work design, manual materials handling, cumulative trauma disorders, information processing, and designing for unique populations.

CMGT 562: Engineering Risk Management

3.00 Credits

Provides engineering and construction managers with an understanding of predicting, identifying, assessing, managing and communicating risk for engineering projects. Entails a fundamental review of probability and statistics practices so that they may be applied toward the study of risk, risk identification, risk assessment, risk evaluation, and risk management. Examines definitions, arguments and approaches from a variety of sources. To reinforce lectures, uses real world engineering examples from the defense, energy, and information technology industries where managers are forced to manage risk. Technical skills learned will encompass risk-based priority modeling, economic monetary value analysis, Bayesian revision, utility analysis, safety analysis, risk assessment, and risk management.

CMGT 570: Project Management

3.00 Credits

Managing project resources and a project budget are key components of a Project Management and Control System. In this course students are required to use a simulation program to learn and demonstrate an ability to manage key resources of a project. The course focuses on effective project/program management approaches and techniques which are typical to private sector engineering projects and major government system acquisitions. The dynamic aspects of project management are treated, including such topics as requirements assessment, program planning, contract administration, manufacturing management, configuration management, scheduling techniques, integrated logistics support, life cycle management, test and evaluation, standards of conduct and project team management.

CMGT 572: Organizational Theory and Behavior

3.00 Credits

Develops the competencies and knowledge that one needs to be an effective professional, leader, or manager. Now, more than ever, the keys to an organization's effectiveness and competitiveness are its employees. Technology, financial capital, physical assets, and access to proprietary information are increasingly recognized as being little more than short-term sources of competitive advantage. Long-term competitive advantage comes from the rich array of individual and team-based competencies capable of being put into action by an organization's employees, managers, and leaders. Emphasizes seven competencies: managing self, managing communication, managing diversity, managing ethics, managing across cultures, managing teams, and managing change.

CMGT 573: Planning and Control of Organizations

3.00 Credits

Reviews and analyzes the theory and application of the basic components of the managerial control process. Includes introduction to such managerial concepts as cost and profit analysis, planning and scheduling of activities, cost concepts, budget decision techniques, budget control activities, capital and operating budgeting, and the cost of capital. Emphasizes coordination, control, and interaction between decision theory and the instruments of policy implementation in formal organizations.

CMGT 574: Strategic Management

3.00 Credits

Integrates all of the learning from the Engineering Management program to serve as a capstone business course, and focuses it particularly on the perspectives and problems of the firm's Chief Executive Officer and other senior strategic managers. Focuses on strategic competitiveness, business-level and corporate-level strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and competitive rivalry and competitive dynamics. Includes case studies to illustrate the concepts and their applications.

CMGT 575: Introduction to Systems Analysis

3.00 Credits

Introduces a scientific approach to decision making, usually under conditions requiring the allocation of scarce resources. Provides several of the most useful and realistic mathematical models available for solving engineering management problems including linear programming, transportation and assignment models, deterministic economic order quantity inventory models, and network models. Same as CE 575.

CMGT 580: Introduction to Systems Engineering Management

3.00 Credits

This course will develop students' understanding of the basics of systems engineering management through the life cycle of a system, the evolution of systems engineering and how it relates to program management, and to recognize its application in real situations and develop technical management solutions based on systems engineering principles. The course will consist of lecture, discussion, practical exercises, case studies, independent research and student presentations. Class discussion will require each student to participate in the presentation of the course material by sharing their understanding and interpretation.