The expansion of the global marketplace comes with increasing technological advances, logistical challenges, and unpredictable variables. In this highly-competitive environment, skilled Project Managers are in high demand. Project managers are the team leaders that hold everything together, using their skills and training to get the job done on time and on budget. The Certificate in Project Management at the School of Engineering is designed for those who want to focus on the management of the day-to-day operations of private industry. Our students are trained to manage everything from individual research and development to large-scale and complex technological systems. They are taught the basics of business, such as feasibility and risk analysis, project selection, logistics, negotiations and contracts, and finance, as well as how to develop and effectively manage operations in knowledge-intensive enterprises. In the School of Engineering program we will help you manage the effective integration of technology, people and operating systems in the global landscape of modern business. We place a special emphasis on global, technology-enabled innovation and coordinating worldwide business activities, such as R&D and new product development on a global scale, in addition to the growing prominence of IT and e-Business in global innovation.
5 Required Courses (15 credits)
Take 3 Required Core Courses (6 credits)
- Project Management MG-GY 8203
- This course focuses on managing technology- based projects, ranging fromindividual research and development to large-scale and complex technologicalsystems. It covers topics such as feasibility and risk analyses, project selection and portfolio optimization, functional and administrative structures, coordination and scheduling of activities, personnel planning, negotiations and contracts, cost estimation, capital budgeting, cost controls and effective matrix management.
Prerequisite: Adviser's approval and Graduate Standing
- Operations Management MG-GY 6303
- This course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the role thatoperations management plays in determining business strategy and indeveloping competitive advantage. The primary emphasis is on how to developand effectively manage operations in knowledge-intensive enterprises. Participants discuss the operational design and managerial implications whenthe emphasis of the operations group is more on knowledge management thanon production and facilities management; managing the effective integration oftechnology, people and operating systems; understanding the complexities andchallenges of operations management; the challenges of developing and managing supply chain networks; and the critical role of technology in developingoperational capabilities in an organization.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Choose 3 Electives (9 credits)
- Marketing MG-GY 6073
- This course emphasizes the imperative to be customer-focused in the informationsectors. Topics include market definition and redefinition due to technological change; analysis of customer decisions; strategic choices of markets and products; positioning for competitive success; product pricing, distribution andcommunications decisions; new product development; market-system dynamics and the value chain.
- Management of Information Technology and Information Systems MG-GY 6503
- This course is designed for managers who need to understand the role and potential contribution of information technologies in organizations. The focus of the course is on different information technologies and their applications in managing business critical data, information and knowledge. The course concentrates on the current state of IT in organizations, challenges and strategic use of IT, IT infrastructure and architecture, building, implementing and managing IT applications, and emerging issues such as intelligent systems, business process reengineering, knowledge management and group support systems.
- Managing Technological Change & Innovation MG-GY 8653
- The course focuses on effectively managing technological change and innovation,which is accomplished with a dual perspective. One perspective is based onindividual, group and organizational theory, research and practice. This body of literature, viewpoints and experience provide essential guides to managesuccessfully the introduction of newtechnologies. Realizing the full potential of new technologies requires effectively managing change to assure thecommitment of all stakeholders. The second perspective is based on innovationtheory, research and practice. This body of literature, viewpoints and experienceprovide key insights to for effectively managing the process of innovation and theimpact of innovation on all parts of an enterprise. Specifically, the course exploresa firm's explicit need to manage and inspire people so they can communicate andinnovate effectively.
Prerequisite: Adviser's approval and graduate standing