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ACCG 601
ECON 601
EICM 612
EICM 616
EICM 620
EICM 622
EICM 632
EICM 636
EICM 642
EICM 646
EICM 656
EICM 662
EICM 666
EICM 672
EICM 698
EICM 699
ENGG 620
FINA 601
FINA 611
FINA 633
MGMT 601
MGMT 621
MKTG 601
MKTG 611
MKTG 631



 
ACCG 601 | ACCOUNTING INFORMATION AND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
Prerequisite: Module if required
This course focuses on the nature and structure of accounting information that is generated by the business firm. The main emphasis is not on the process through which accounting information is generated, but on how this information can be used in decision making by business managers. Topics covered include key financial statements and their interpretation, ratio analysis and its uses in performance evaluation as well as its limitations, financial planning and budgeting, use of accounting information for more effective control of operations, economic value added vs. ROI, and other approaches to performance measurement.  

 

ECON 601 | MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
Prerequisite: Module if required
This course explores the relationship of economics to managerial decisions. Consideration is given to optimization techniques, fundamental microeconomics, theory of competition, market structures, innovation techniques, research and development, oligopolistic behavior and game theory, pricing strategies and other management related matters such as sociopolitical influences, cultural diversity and differing forms and conventions of business.  

 

EICM 612 | PLANNING AND SCHEDULING IN CONSTRUCTION
This course aims to introduce project planning and scheduling for analysis and control of construction projects. Topics include bar charts, cost-loaded Gantt Charts, network and precedence diagramming, PERT/GERT, linear scheduling, integration of construction costs and optimization of resources within the schedule context, exploration of contractual and ethical implications, and development of an understanding of the role of predominant computer applications, and the integration of such, within the scheduling process. Multi-project planning and control across multinational borders will also be explored.  

 

EICM 616 | CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY
Prerequisite: EICM 612
This course focuses on fundamental productivity concepts, data collection, analysis of productivity data, factors affecting construction productivity, means for improving production, and study of productivity programs. Topics 96 include preplanning of construction projects, field evaluation techniques, and time-lapse evaluation for post-activity post-project enhancement. Evaluation of the effectiveness of construction project management is also covered.  

 

EICM 620 | CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
This course covers a range of key topics to allow the construction manager to understand and make key financial decisions at both the construction project level and the corporate level. Topics include company financial management, determining project profitability, projecting costs and cash-flows, engineering economic analysis, taxation impacts, and accounting for construction projects and construction corporations. Financial management considerations for operating in international environments are considered.  

 

EICM 622 | CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING
Prerequisite: EICM 620 or ACCG 601
This course covers the capital-life cycle for construction estimating and cost control. Topics include cost coding; conceptual, preliminary and detailed cost estimates; adjustments for unique construction conditions; productivity; indirect project costs; bidding strategies and payment line items; bid-evaluation techniques; historical information for business intelligence; computer applications; surety bonding; and decision making. International considerations of construction estimating, as well as ethical and legal implications of the estimate and bid are covered.  

 

EICM 632 | CONSTRUCTION LAWS AND REGULATIONS
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the legal aspects of the relationships between the parties involved in construction operations, including the owner, architect/engineer, contractor, construction manager, creditors, investors, material suppliers, and the public. An overview of those aspects of legal systems most relevant to construction and engineering practice are addressed. Contracts, forms of association, agency relationships, project delivery methods, property and labor law, remedies for contract breach, professional registration issues, ethical responsibility and professional liability are studied. Specific topics include the competitive bidding, risk management, intellectual property, surety bonds, lien law, arbitration and indemnification and contract claims. Regulatory restriction on owners, engineers, contractors and professional construction managers are also discussed.  

 

EICM 636 | CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ENGINEERING
Prerequisite: EICM 632
This course focuses on construction safety and construction safety management with an emphasis on international construction health and safety provisions, as well as regional occupational safety and health regulations. Safety hazards on construction sites are discussed, followed by a survey of general safety and health provisions and safety management programs. Safety management approaches according to different country standards will be explored in detail, and the safety management philosophies will be contrasted. The course culminates into an examination of the approaches currently employed in multinational construction projects.  

 

EICM 642 | CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND OPERATIONS
This course introduces basic and advanced construction equipment and methods used in medium to large-scale commercial and heavy-highway construction projects. Predominant tools and techniques for equipment decision support will be explored with a focus on obtaining a competitive advantage in the bid process and adding value within construction implementation. Other topics covered in the course include site preparation, earth fill, land reclamation, and ground excavation methods; sustainability in construction operations; advanced techniques for construction visualization; and regional differences in selection and availability of equipment and construction methods.  

 

EICM 646 | DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF TEMPORARY FACILITIES
This course covers the design and construction of formwork, falsework, scaffolding, cofferdams, cableways, earth retaining structures, and temporary structural systems. The course begins with a review of fundamentals of structural engineering design and geotechnical design. Emphasis is given to the design and analysis of temporary support systems such as trusses, beams, frames, and structural slabs, and the importance of analyzing the structural system during the various phases of construction will also be highlighted. Practical examples of in-service temporary facilities used on typical and noteworthy projects will be discussed.  

 

EICM 656 | COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Prerequisite: EICM 612, EICM 622
This course presents an overview of current computer usage in the construction industry; computer and applications and numerical analysis in construction; commercially available software applications for estimating, scheduling, productivity assessment, and decision support; and development of specialized software tools. The course will also explore building information modeling (BIM) principles and supporting technologies.  

 

EICM 662 | SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Understanding the design and construction of green buildings are key elements in the operation of sustainable engineering systems. This course introduces the major aspects of green building design and construction, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and design process. The internationally-recognized United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system is used as an example of a green building rating system, along with an understanding of the need for different regional rating systems. Life cycle principles will be discussed to expand the focus into use, operations, and decommissioning of infrastructure and building systems.  

 

EICM 666 | LEAN CONSTRUCTION
The concepts of lean construction are becoming increasingly important in the construction management profession. This course focuses on extending lean manufacturing principles to the construction environment. Particular emphasis is placed on system- and process-level concepts to increase value and reduce waste within the construction climate.  

 

EICM 672 | MEGAPROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
This course covers the challenges and successes associated with megaprojects including risk assessment, optimism bias, benefit shortfall, cost overrun, and long term branding and marketing value. The specialized sets of project and program management skills associated with megaproject construction are outlined. Examples of case histories covered include the Panama Canal, Empire State Building, Hoover Dam, Abu Simbel Temple relocation, and more recently the Three Gorges Dam, Palm Islands, Boston Central Artery, La Defense, Kansai Airport, and Downtown Burj Khalifa. Guest lecturers from the industry will be invited.  

 

EICM 680-685 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Prerequisite: Dean’s Approval Upon Demand
Construction Management topics of interest to students and faculty which are not available in the existing graduate curriculum can be offered through this course. Prior approval of the course material and syllabus by the Dean is required.  

 

EICM 688 | M.S.C.M. PROJECT
Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credit hours
This capstone course integrates the skill sets acquired throughout the M.S.C.M. Program into a single project. The project topic is defined by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor. This course is not for credit and is graded on pass/fail basis.  

 

EICM 698 | M.S.C.M. THESIS
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 credit hours
For a description of the M.S.C.M. Thesis and the applicable rules, procedures, and academic policies, the relevant sections of the Graduate Catalog should be reviewed in consultation with the academic advisor.  

 

EICM 699 | M.S.C.M. THESIS
Prerequisite: EICM 698
For a description of the M.S.C.M. Thesis and the applicable rules, procedures, and academic policies, the relevant sections of the Graduate Catalog should be reviewed in consultation with the academic advisor.  

 

ENGG 620 | ADVANCED DECISION ANALYSIS
Prerequisite: ENGG 300 or equivalent
This course covers the fundamental quantitative techniques for decision making in engineering. Topics include linear programming for engineering system optimization, goal programming, multi-objective decision making techniques, dynamic programming, game theory, integer programming and non-linear programming. The role of probabilistic decision algorithms is covered, including stochastic processes, inventory theory, forecasting, utility approaches, simulation, and sensitivity analysis.  

 

FINA 601 | CORPORATE FINANCE
Prerequisite: ACCG 601
This course introduces key topics in corporate financial management, focusing on valuation and value creation. The topics covered include time value of money, the valuation and role of debt and equity, dividend policy, capital budgeting/project evaluation techniques, company valuation, and cost of capital and capital structure decisions. Students are presented with a conceptual framework for understanding and innovatively applying these concepts in addressing valuation problems commonly faced by corporate decision makers.  

 

FINA 611 | FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
Prerequisite: FINA 601
This course develops various tools and techniques that are useful to managers for analyzing corporate financial performance. The analysis is carried out both in the financial statement framework and in the capital market environment. The course covers topics such as the operating cycle, the cash cycle, profitability decomposition, working capital changes, cash changes, free cash flow, projection of financial performance, growth indicators, and operating, financial and total leverage.  

 

FINA 633 | INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Prerequisite: FINA 601
This course covers issues related to the global environment, international financial markets, and international financial management. The first part of the course covers topics related to Balance of Payments. The second part focuses on the international financial markets, including foreign exchange markets, international money markets, and their interrelation. The course concludes with an analysis of issues related the operation of a firm in the global environment.

  

MGMT 601 | MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADING PEOPLE
This course provides M.B.A. students with a rigorous, intensive introduction to the applied fields of organizational behavior and human resource management. The course considers micro-organizational issues: motivation, job design, leadership, conflict and stress management, group dynamics and individual perception. In addition, the macroorganizational issues of organization structure and design, organizational culture and operating in inter-cultural environments are presented. The course concludes with the important human resource issues of performance evaluation, HRM planning, staffing, compensation and legal and work environments.  

 

MGMT 621 | LEADERSHIP
Prerequisite: MGMT 601
This course integrates major leadership theories with recent concepts and practices, in an attempt to provide methods and insights for becoming effective leaders in the 21st century. The course considers leadership as a complex process of influencing groups toward achieving their stated objectives. The approach is highly inclusive and involves analyzing the behavior of the leader and followers, within the context of their relationship; thus providing a thorough examination of what constitutes effective leadership skills. In addition, the course views effective leadership as a skill which is developed through education and experience.  

 

MKTG 601 | MARKETING MANAGEMENT
This course starts with a review of basic marketing principles and the marketing mix. The main focus then shifts to the systematic development and implementation of a sound marketing policy. To this end, case studies are used to illustrate and critically evaluate the integration of the business mission into the development and implementation of product, pricing, communication, and distribution policies. Ethical issues facing marketing managers are also considered.  

 

MKTG 611 | MARKETING RESEARCH
Prerequisite: MKTG 601
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of methods and challenges of marketing analysis including desk and field research in the international arena. The course will include research methods such as library research and electronic data storage and retrieval using the university’s information technology. Standard sources of financial and economic information from firms, markets and countries will be investigated. Other forms of research design including questionnaire and survey design, database organization and cross-tabulation are introduced in the course with an emphasis on analysis, interpretation and application of data to solve business problems.  

 

MKTG 631 | INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
Prerequisite: MKTG 601
This course exposes students to the most commonly faced legal issues that one encounters in setting up and operating a business organization. Topics ranging from agency, partnership, corporations, governance, and mergers and acquisitions will be covered during this term. We will be analyzing appellate court cases to understand the legal reasoning that judges use in resolving disputes arising in the world of business. We will also be exploring the question of whether the economics concept of efficiency is the primary tool that judges and legislatures use in creating and defending law, and resolving disputes relating to business and organizations.

 
 

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