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EM 6113 Engineering Management Techniques

Course Designation: Core

No. of sessions per week: 1
Session duration: 2 hrs and 40 minutes
Semester: Spring 2017

Course Instructor:
Saad Ahmed
Room: E-Block 2nd Floor Faculty Offices
Phone extension: 275
Email: saadisherazi@hotmail.com

Office Hours:
[Monday 1500-1800] [Tuesday 1500-1800] [Thursday 1200-1500]
Meetings by appointment any time during week days

Basic knowledge of engineering practice

1. Managing Engineering and Technology 4/e, by Lucy C. Morse and Daniel L.
Babcock, Prentice Hall, 2009
2. From Engineer to Manager: Mastering the Transition by B. Michael Aucoin,
Artech House
Publishers, 2002

Reference books:
1. Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real
World by Carl Selinger
2. Management (8th or later edition) by Ricky W. Griffin

Course Objectives:
This course lays the foundation for transitioning from an engineering
background to management. It will give students the basic skills they need to
know, practice and master in order to become engineering managers.

Course outline and breakdown:

Part I: Introduction to Engineering Management
Session 01: Chapter 1: Engineering and Management
Session 02: Chapter 2: Historical Development of EM
Part II: Functions of Technology Management
Session 03: Chapter 3: Planning and Forecasting
Session 04: Chapter 4: Decision Making
Session 05: Chapter 5: Organizing
Session 06: Chapter 6: Human aspects of Organizing
Session 07: Chapter 7: Leading Technical People
Session 08: Chapter 8: Controlling
Part III: Managing Your Engineering Career
Session 09: Chapter 16: Engineering Ethics
Session 10: Chapter* 2, 3, 5, 7: People issues, Customer orientation, Conflict
Session 11: Chapter* 8, 9, 11: Politics, Business Focus, Group Processes
Session 12: Chapter 7 and 20*: Motivation
Session 13: Chapter* 15, 16: Interpersonal communications, Formal
Session 14: Student presentations on selected topics
Session 15: Chapter 18, 18*: Time management, Globalization and
Challenges for the Future
Session 16: Instructors slides: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
*refers to 2nd textbook

Evaluation Methods:
Class Participation
Project / Presentation
Assignments and Quizzes
Midterm Exam (20%)
Final Exam (40%)

Student Learning Outcome:

When students finish this course, it is hoped that they will understand the
The 4 managerial functions
1. Planning and Forecasting
2. Decision Making
3. Organizing
4. Leading
5. Controlling

And the six principles for the successful transition to management

1. Mastering relationships
2. Seeing the big picture
3. Getting things done
4. Communicating effectively
5. Using assets wisely
6. Taking it to the next level

Class Participation:
Though you are generally encouraged to participate in class discussions by
raising questions and making relevant comments, this particularly refers to
the first 5-10 minutes of each class where you will be required to come up
with relevant news items from national and international dailies which you
should relate to engineering management.