ESM Course Descriptions

ESM 601 Managing & Leading Engineering Organizations

Leadership knowledge and skills as applied to motivation, direction and communication within engineering and technical organizations, and their relations with other organizations and the public. Leadership training complements management knowledge and activities such as organizational structures, planning, monitoring, directing and controlling. The general tools of management are reviewed including management theory, communications, conflict management and resolution. (Recommended: B.S. degree in engineering or physical science or permission of instructor.)

ESM 605 Engineering Economy

The science of fiscal decision-making. Graduate level studies in problems of replacement, economic selections, tax accounting, engineering evaluation, and the problems of depreciation/depletion. Computer applications. (Recommended: Graduate standing.)

ESM 608 Legal Principles for Engineering Management

A course devoted to those aspects of law specifically related to technical management. Contracts, sales, real property, business organization, labor, patents, and insurance. (Recommended: Graduate standing.)

ESM 609 Project Management

Organizing, planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Use of CPM and PERT. Computer applications. Case studies of project management problems and solutions. (Recommended: Graduate standing in Engineering or Science Management or permission of instructor.)

ESM 620 Statistics for ESM

Forecasting applications and techniques - technological, time series, judgmental, and regression; decision trees; Bayesian statistics; utility theory with tradeoffs between expected value and risk in decision-making; bidding strategies; data analysis. (Prerequisite: STAT 301 and MATH 202.)

ESM 621 Operations Research

Mathematical techniques for aiding managerial decision-making. Waiting line theory, inventory models, linear programming, transportation problem, dynamic programming, PERT/CPM, and simulation. Emphasis on application of techniques to actual management situations. Computer applications. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)

ESM 622 Engineering Decisions

Risk and uncertainty in engineering decisions. Basic applied probability and statistics, data analysis, regression analysis and time series. Practical applications of decision tools: linear programming, inventory analysis, queuing, network models, utility theory. Engineering judgment and uncertainty. Public safety and ethics. (Recommended: Calculus through MATH 302.)

ESM 684 ESM Project

Individual study of an actual engineering or science management problem resulting in a report which includes recommendations for action. (Registratition restricted to ESM students in their final semester.)

CE 451 Construction Cost Estimating and Bid Preparation

Compilation and analysis of the many items that influence and contribute to the cost of projects to be constructed. Preparation of cost proposals and study of bidding procedures. (Prerequisite: Upper division engineering or graduate standing.)

ACCT 602 Financial Accounting Concepts for Administrators

A complete and balanced treatment of the concepts, procedures, and uses of financial accounting, including the accounting cycle, mass processing of transactions, internal control, inventories and merchandising operations, long-lived assets and liabilities, corporate accounting and reporting, partnership accounting, accounting principles, interpretation of financial statements, consolidated financial statements, analysis of funds flow, manufacturing operations and cost systems, managerial accounting and capital budgeting. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the ESM Program.)

BA 607 Human Resources Management

The study of the effective management of human resources in organizations including employee planning, employee attraction, selection and orientation, career development, evaluation, training, compensation EEO, safety, and labor relations. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the ESM Program.)


Listed below are a sample of the kinds of courses that are available to be used as electives, if approved by the student's advisory committee. Other courses at the 300, 400, or 600 level, if appropriate to the student's background and interest, may be used as electives if approved by the committee. Consult the current catalog for course descriptions, prerequisite requirements, and information on other courses.

CE 603
Arctic Engineering
CE 620
Civil Engineering Construction
CE 681
Frozen Ground Engineering
EE 603
Advanced Electric Power Engineering
EE 662
Digital Communication Theory
ME 601
Finite Element Analysis in Engineering
ME 685
Arctic Heat and Mass Transfer
ME 687
Arctic Material Engineering
CS 621
Advanced Systems Programming
CS 681
Topics in Computer Graphics

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