Curriculum Overview

Our 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, and/or
c) start technology ventures.

 Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit.


Course plan for Fall Admissions:

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer

Fall 2

Spring 2

IEM 601
Introduction to IEM (1 hour)

IEM 602
Leading Collaborative Teams (1 hour)

  IEM 603
Communication for Technology Executives (1 hour)
 
IEM 610
Communication for Technology Professionals
IEM 611
Leading Technology Organizations

IEM 612
Project Leadership
IEM 625
Technology and Innovation
IEM 646
Strategic Planning

IEM 620
Technical Entrepreneurship

IEM 630
Systems Engineering
IEM 631
Operational Decision Making
IEM 645
Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs

IEM 695
IEM Design Project

Course plan for Spring Admissions:

Spring 1

Summer 1

Fall 1

Spring 2

Summer 2

IEM 601
Introduction to IEM (1 hour)

IEM 602
Leading Collaborative Teams (1 hour)
IEM 603
Communication for Technology Executives (1 hour)

 
IEM 620
Technical Entrepreneurship

IEM 612
Project Leadership

IEM 610
Communication for Technology Professionals

IEM 611
Leading Technology Organizations
IEM 625
Technology and Innovation
IEM 630
Systems Engineering
IEM 631
Operational Decision Making
IEM 645
Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs

IEM 646
Strategic Planning

IEM 695
IEM Design Project


IEM 601 Introduction to IEM

welcome by Robert Couse-Baker Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014

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

JOH 5538 by John Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014
This course will focus on building, leading, and evaluating collaborative teams. Topics will include managing geographically-dispersed teams, team communication, accountability, running effective meetings, facilitation skills, building consensus, and handling common problems. (1 hour)   Taught Spring.


IEM 603 Communication for Technology Executives

Communication is the key by Sebastien Wiertz Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014This 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

soccer team huddle by Foxcroft Academy Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014

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 Organizations

Leadership Quote by photosteve101 Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014This 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

Giant Statue of Ghengis Khan by Ludovic Hirlimann Flickr Creative Commons attribution license may 2014

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

a light bulb moment by shrinkinviolet Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014

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

Apple by Zhao  Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014

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

Android Puzzle by Tsahi Levent-Levi Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014This 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

Ascent Magazone Atos Thought LEadership-Caught in the web by Atos Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014

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

Money by Tax Credits Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014

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

Chess by Romain Guy Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014This 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.

IEM 690 Special Topics in (Area)

Danger sign by David Lofink Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License

IEM 695 IEM Design Project

design by David Salafia Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License May 2014
This course is focused upon a final design project that incorporates the technical and entrepreneurial coursework taken previously. Projects will be assessed based on their technical design and financial justification.  Taught Spring.