Pre-Approved Elective Courses for Transportation Management, M.S.



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    Students may choose relevant graduate courses offered by CUSP, the Wagner School of Public Service's Urban Planning and Public Administration programs, or other Management courses, with approval by their advisor. Some recommended, pre-approved courses are listed below.

    Management of Technology Courses

    3 Credits Organizational Behavior MG-GY 6013
    Introduction to theory, research and practice to better understand human behavior in organizations. Topics include motivation and job satisfaction; decision making; group dynamics; work teams; leadership; communication; power, politics and conflict; organization culture, structure and design; impact of technology; management of work stress; organizational change and development; and career management. Analysis of organizational behavior problems by self assessments, case studies and simulations.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
    3 Credits Economics and Strategy MG-GY 6023
    This is a course in Economics, Strategy and the Firm with a primary focus on the needs of managers. It draws upon a range of concepts and tools from the fields of Industrial Organization and Strategic Management to review the cognitive building blocks that provide an economic foundation to strategic thinking. Strategy is ultimately about value creation and capture of economic value. Value-based strategies show that a firm that introduces a technological innovation creates value, and if it fails to protect it from competition it will be driven out of business. This basic level of insight is linked to the rich tradition in economics to untangle some ambiguities surrounding these concepts and provide a deeper understanding of strategic decisions made by managers within the bounds imposed by competition.
    Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
    3 Credits Financial Analysis for Technology Managers MG-GY 6033
    The course will focus upon accounting issues as well as financing and investment functions/decisions of the financial manager as applied to practical real world situations. We will first cover basic concepts of accounting (including cost accounting); as well as basic concepts of finance. Some of the course will involve analysis of actual case studies of real business situations. In the process of analyzing the cases students will be able to apply these accounting and finance concepts to actual business problems and their solutions.
    Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
    3 Credits Operations Management MG-GY 6303
    This course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the role that operations management plays in determining business strategy and in developing competitive advantage. The primary emphasis is on how to develop and effectively manage operations in knowledge-intensive enterprises. Participants discuss the operational design and managerial implications when the emphasis of the operations group is more on knowledge management than on production and facilities management; managing the effective integration of technology, people and operating systems; understanding the complexities and challenges of operations management; the challenges of developing and managing supply chain networks; and the critical role of technology in developing operational capabilities in an organization.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
    3 Credits Marketing MG-GY 6073
    This course emphasizes the imperative to be customer-focused in the information sectors. 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 and communications decisions; new product development; market-system dynamics and the value chain.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
    3 Credits Statistics for Data Analysts MG-GY 6193
    The course is an excellent introduction to statistical tools used in any aspect of business. It covers thoroughly key probability concepts and statistical techniques used in the analysis of financial, economic and accounting data. In addition to descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis testing, this course also covers regression analysis and time series analysis with an emphasis on model formulation and interpretation of results. The use of spreadsheets (to facilitate most of the analysis in this class) will be introduced and developed as well through case studies based on real-world data and problems in business and economics, so you will have acquired a working knowledge of spreadsheet after this class. The focus is on understanding underlying concepts rather than on memorizing mathematical formulas while the lectures concentrate on statistical concepts and applications using spreadsheets rather than rigorous math proof for the entire semester.
    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
    3 Credits Supply Chain Management MG-GY 6463
    This course introduces supply-chain management and covers its qualitative and quantitative aspects. The underlying objective is to: (1) introduce students to the standard business concepts (and associated terminology) involved in the retailing and supply-chain management; (2) develop skills in understanding and analyzing retailing, marketing, logistics, operations, channel management and allied issues and the interactions between them; and (3) examine and discuss the important role played by technology and integration at various points in the supply chain.
    Prerequisite: graduate standing.
    3 Credits Management Science MG-GY 6103
    This course introduces major concepts and methods associated with Management Science, which deals with the application of quantitative modeling and analysis to management problems. Students learn to employ important analytical tools, to determine the assumptions used, and to recognize the limitations of such methods. The course discusses methods of linear and nonlinear programming, queuing, decision analysis, simulations and game theory. The course also introduces modeling with spreadsheets.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

    Wagner School of Planning and Public Policy Courses

    Transportation Courses

    3 Credits Fundamental Concepts in Transportation TR-GY 6013
    This course provides the contextual foundations to study urban transportation systems, using performance criteria reflecting the perspectives of system providers/owners, users and communities. The connection between transportation supply, travel demand, service volume and level of service is explored and quantified for various travel modes. The impacts of transportation system performance on travel behavior, communities and the environment is discussed. The role of technology and institutions is examined with case examples.
    Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
    3 Credits Forecasting Urban Travel Demand TR-GY 6113
    The purpose of this course is to study methods and models used in estimating and forecasting person travel in urban areas. The objective is to understand the fundamental relationships between land use, transportation level of service and travel demand, and to apply methods and state-of-the-practice models for predicting person travel on the transportation system.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: TR-GY 6013 or permission of instructor.
    3 Credits Transportation & Traffic Concepts, Characteristics & Studies TR-GY 6333
    The course covers basic concepts in transportation and traffic engineering, including: volume, demand, and capacity; traffic stream parameters and their meaning; transportation modes and modal characteristics. The impact of traveler and vehicle characteristics on traffic flow and on other modes is presented and discussed. The importance of data collection is emphasized with sample studies, such as volume, speed and travel time, and safety. Capacity and level of service analysis for uninterrupted flow facilities, including freeways, multilane highways and two-lane highways is demonstrated using methodologies of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor

    CUSP Courses

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