Curriculum

The 30-semester-credit MML program consists of 9 business and engineering courses, including one elective, plus a Capstone project (3 credits):

  • MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • ISEE-703 Supply Chain Management
  • ISEE-745 Manufacturing Systems
  • ISEE-723 Global Facilities Planning
  • ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I
  • ISEE-750 Systems and Project Management or BUSI-710 Project Management
  • CQAS-682 Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
  • ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers or ACCT-794 Cost Managment in Technical Organizations
  • Non-Business Elective*

*Contact the program office for elective options.

Capstone project

Students complete a project during the last year of the MML program, based on a real-world problem often identified in the students’ companies.  The corporate-oriented Capstone project is directed at the solution of a manufacturing or services management problem or process improvement initiative.  It enables students to broaden the MML educational experience and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential to business leadership.  The project provides immediate benefits to sponsoring organizations and is an excellent opportunity for students to gain visibility and recognition.   Most projects result in substantial cost savings or improved efficiencies.

Courses

Organizational Behavior and Leadership (MGMT-740)

This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior.  Students will be exposed to the ways in which organizations and their members affect one another and to different frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with problems in organizational settings.   Topics include motivation, team building, conflict resolution, leadership, organizational change, and managing organizational cultures (3 credits).

Supply Chain Management (ISEE-703)

Supply chain management is unique in that it is one of the oldest business activities and yet has been recently “discovered” as a potentially powerful source of competitive advantage.   Supply chain system activities – planning production levels, forecasting demand, managing inventory, warehousing, transportation, and locating facilities have been performed since the start of commercial activity. It is difficult to visualize any product that could reach a customer without a consciously designed supply chain. Yet it is only recently that many firms have started focusing on supply chain management. There is a realization that no company can do any better than its supply chain and logistics systems.  This becomes even more important given that product life cycles are shrinking and competition is intense. Logistics and supply chain management today represents a great challenge as well as a tremendous opportunity for most firms (3 credits).

Manufacturing Systems (ISEE-745)

This course will provide an introduction to concepts and techniques in the design and analysis of production systems. A blend of traditional and modern approaches is brought into the classroom.  At the end of the quarter, the student will be able to assess and analyze the performance of a given manufacturing system as well as to provide a framework for system redesign and improvement. Modern aspects such as lean manufacturing and setup time reduction are included in the context of the course (3 credits).

Global Facilities Planning (ISEE-723)

Facilities planning determines how an activity’s tangible fixed assets best support achieving the activity’s objective. This course will provide knowledge of the principles and practices of facility layout, material handling, storage and warehousing, and facility location for manufacturing and support facilities. Tools for sizing the resources needed, planning, design, evaluation, selection, and implementation will be covered. The focus of the course will cover both management and design aspects, with the focus being more heavily on the management aspects (3 credits).

Engineering of Systems I (ISEE-771)

The engineering of a system is an essential aspect of its development that focuses on the overall concept, performance requirements and behavioral aspects of the system. This course treats the creation of products, product platforms and product families as systems that create value for both the customer and the enterprise. Topics include value creation and strategy, product development processes, translating market requirements to system requirements, functional analysis, development of the system's architecture, development of platforms and modules, concept generation and selection, design for "X" (manufacturing/assembly/service/environment, etc.) and life cycle costing. Students will learn several systems analysis techniques and apply them in a team-based project (3 credits).

Systems and Project Management (ISEE-750)

Systems and Project Management ensures progress toward objectives, proper deployment and conservation of human and financial resources, and achievement of cost and schedule targets. The focus of this course is on the utilization of a diverse set of project management methods and tools.  Topics include strategic project management, project and organizational learning, cost, schedule planning and control, structuring of performance measures and metrics, technical teams and project management, information technology support of teams, risk management, and process control.  Course delivery consists of lectures, speakers, case studies, and experience sharing, and reinforces collaborative project-based learning and continuous improvement (3 credits).

Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals (CQAS-682)

This course presents the philosophy and methods that enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements that are linked to and integrated with business plans.  The principles of Lean Six Sigma are presented, making the course a prerequisite for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification (3 credits).

Accounting for Decision Makers (ACCT-603)

A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers.  The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers; and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization’s activities.  Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout (3 credits). 

Cost Accounting in Technical Organizations (ACCT-794)

A first course in accounting for students in technical disciplines.  Topics include the distinction between external and internal accounting, cost behavior, product costing, profitability analysis, performance evaluation, capital budgeting, and transfer pricing.  Emphasis is on issues encountered in technology intensive manufacturing organizations (3 credits).  This course may substitute for Accounting for Decision Makers (ACCT-703).

MML Capstone Project (ISEE-793)

The purpose of the project is for students to demonstrate integrative application of knowledge and skills that they have acquired during the program.  A capstone project will be oriented to the solution of manufacturing, operations, or supply chain management problem or to technically related processes.  Each project will define an actual problem and solve it, or select and develop a needed process.  Each project must be approved in advance by the Capstone Coordinator.  A suitable project will be multi-disciplinary or multi-functional in nature and will have significant impact on one or more competitive capabilities of the organization, e.g. quality, lead time, cost, flexibility, or service. Team-based projects are strongly recommended (3 credits).