Curriculum OverviewOur objective in the curriculum we offer is to help people accomplish one (or all) of the following goals:
a) learn to manage technical projects
b) align the technical projects and divisions to the mission of the organization as a whole
c) start technology ventures.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit.
Introduction to IEM (1 hour)
Leading Collaborative Teams (1 hour)
Communication for Technology Executives (1 hour)
Communication for Technology Professionals
Leading Technology Organizations
Technology and Innovation
Operational Decision Making
Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs
IEM Design Project
IEM 601 Introduction to IEM
This course is an introduction to Information Engineering and Management with a focus on readiness for graduate study. Program requirements and expectations will be presented. Software and collaboration tools will be introduced. Library access and resources will be reviewed and teams will perform learning exercises to demonstrate proficiency with the available tools. (1 hour) Taught Fall.
IEM 602 Leading Collaborative Teams
IEM 603 Communication for Technology Executives
This course will address communication issues unique to organizational executives. Topics will include functioning as the public face of the organization, working with the media, when to seek professional advice, and effective crisis management. (1 hour) Taught Fall.
IEM 610 Communication for Technology Professionals
This course focuses on recognizing, developing, and putting into practice effective communication skills. Lectures provide insights into presentation structure, style, and content. Self-evaluation exercises combined with personal coaching will help clients improve their professional speaking and presentation skills. Taught Fall.
IEM 611 Leading Technology OrganizationsThis course will use case studies, assigned readings, guest lecturers, research projects, and discussion of current issues in technology to develop executive-level behaviors and thought-processes as preparation for starting or leading a technology organization. Taught Spring.
IEM 612 Project Leadership
This course teaches the fundamental concepts of leading projects. The course will consider all aspects of project leadership including the use of standard methodologies. Best practices will be reviewed along with practical insights based on real-world project leadership experience. Taught Summer.
IEM 620 Technical Entrepreneurship
This course is an introduction to entrepreneurship that begins with the development of personal insights and work habits that are fundamental to success within any organization. Taught Fall.
IEM 625 Technology & Innovation
This course examines technological innovation as an element of organizational strategy. Topics include the nature and management of innovation, aligning technical teams with overall organizational strategy, and the role of innovation in launching and sustaining technology ventures. Taught Fall.
IEM 630 Systems Engineering
This course focuses on the systems engineering lifecycle and its application to the design of complex systems. Topics include systems thinking, managing complexity, problem definition, solution design, solution implementation, quality assurance, and measuring effectiveness. Taught Spring.
IEM 631 Operational Decision-Making
This course focuses on the critical role of information and analytical methods in optimizing operational decisions. A core set of analytical tools will be presented and discussed. Topics will include decision analysis, optimization, modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Taught Summer.
IEM 645 Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs
This course introduces financial concepts including the interpretation of financial statements, managing cash flow, time value of money, capital budgeting, and investment analysis. Taught Fall.
IEM 646 Strategic Planning
This course will examine the nature of strategic thinking and the challenges of achieving strategic alignment. Topics will include the strategic planning process and methods for assessing strategic success. Taught Spring.