COURSE DESCRIPTION

Pre-MEM Course Descriptions

1. IE255 – Engineering Economy Credits 3.00

Fundamentals of engineering economy. Time value of money. Evaluation of alternatives. Replacement and retention analysis. Break even analysis. Depreciation methods. Basics of inflation.

2. IE311 – Operations Research Credits 3.00

Introduction to Operations Research. Formulation of linear programming problems. Graphical solution. The Simplex algorithm. Duality and sensitivity analysis. Transportation and assignment problems. Integer and Goal programming.

3. IE332 – Engineering Statistics Credits 3.00

Basic notions of statistics applicable to engineering problems. Moment generating functions. Random samples and sampling distributions. Parameter estimation. Hypothesis testing. Nonparametric tests. Simple and multiple regression.

4. IE451 – Production Planning and Control Credits 3.00

Basic concepts of Production and Operations Management (POM). Design of products and services. Processes and technologies. E-commerce and operations management. Inventory management. Supply-Chain management. Just-in-time and lean production. Forecasting. Material Requirements Planning (MRP). Introduction to Enterprise Requirement Planning (ERP). Capacity and Aggregate planning. Scheduling.

MEM Course Descriptions
MEM Engineering Management Core Course Descriptions

ENGM 510: Advanced Engineering Statistics (3)

This course covers both the foundations for statistical reasoning and statistical applications related to business and engineering decision-making. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, regression, analysis of variance, and design of experiments.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 515: Advanced Engineering Economy (3)

Application of the principles of engineering economy for the establishment of equipment and system feasibility. Concepts, principles, and techniques for making decisions pertaining to the acquisition and retirement of capital goods by industry and government. Topics also include: interest, equivalence, taxes, depreciation, uncertainty and risk, incremental and sunk costs, and replacement models.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Engineering Economy or equivalent, and Graduate Standing

ENGM 520: Quality and Performance Management for Engineers (3)

This course teaches the practicing engineer how to enhance the quality and performance characteristics of organizational systems. Quality and performance management requires a firm understanding of fundamentals, theory-based models, broadly-implemented initiatives such as Lean Six Sigma, kaizen, and lean techniques, and global quality standards; and how to build a quality and performance improvement system.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 530: Concepts and Principles of Engineering Management (3)

This course examines the concepts, models, and applications of organizational behavior in engineering management settings. Students will learn to analyze the role of human behavior in complex sociotechnical systems.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 540: Production/Operations Management (3)

Topics relating to the planning and control functions of manufacturing systems are presented. These topics include management of the production system, strategies of product design and process selection, design of production systems, plant location, shop floor control, purchasing, quality management, and productivity improvement.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 550: Project Management (3)

This course provides a foundation in project management techniques, models, and knowledge to enable to student to design and operate an effective project management system. The engineer’s approach to problem-solving is highlighted in the context of managing projects. The project manager role is explicated for interactions with team members, leadership, and other stakeholders. Topics are aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 560: Safety Engineering (3)

A study of the technical fundamentals and management of safety and hazards associated with industrial processes. Topics include fires and explosions, relief systems, hazard identification, risk assessment, hazardous waste generation, toxicology, case studies, oil and gas industry safety, construction safety, and regulatory requirements.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 595 Case Study Report (3)

This course is designed to be taken during the last semester culminating all aspects of engineering management in the chosen area of concentration. This is an open ended, practical, Industry-oriented, special problems of interest under the direction of a faculty member in the chosen area of concentration. Projects will involve systems design, analysis and applications.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

MEM Business Administration Core Course Descriptions

ACCT 532 – Managerial Accounting (3)

The aim of this course is to study current issues and approaches to solving comprehensive problems in the area of managerial accounting. This course emphasizes the use of accounting information for internal planning and control purposes through readings and case studies. Some of the topics covered are Budgetary Planning, Responsibility Accounting, Performance Evaluation through Standard Costing, Activity Based Costing, Profit Planning, Segment Reporting, Decentralization, Balanced Score Card, Target Costing and Capital Budgeting.
Prerequisite: ACCT 531

HRM 512 - Human Resources Management (3)

This course helps firms to develop employee talent as source of competitive advantage. The course will cover strategic implications of contemporary practices in recruitment, selection, work systems, training, and compensation and performance evaluation. The course also covers the process of developing Human Resource Information System (HRIS). Also covered will be new approaches in HRM to motivate employees at the executive and worker levels. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to the learning process by the use of case analysis and other active learning methods.

Areas of Concentration And Course Description

Construction Management

Choose a concentration area (two courses in one chosen area) from the following. Note that the Construction Management concentration area has three courses from which the student is to select two courses.

ENGM 570: Construction Scheduling and Cost Estimating (3)

A study of planning and scheduling techniques including Gantt Charts, CPM, PERT, time-cost tradeoffs, and resource scheduling under constraints. Project control and Work-Breakdown-Structure (WBS) concepts will also be covered. At the completion of this course, students will be able to develop a WBS for a construction project, develop scheduling activities needed for constructing a project, and develop a project control system to monitor the progress of a project. This course will also cover the procedures involved in material quantity takeoffs and in estimation of labor, material, equipment, and overhead costs. The course will also discuss bidding procedures and elements of construction cost control.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 571: Contract Management and Project Delivery System (3)

This course will explore the contract management process in three broad phases: pre-award, contract award and post-award. Each step of the phases will be addressed from both the Buyer and Seller perspectives, in both the government and commercial environments. Coverage of the standard contracts between various agencies involved in construction is provided in this course. Analysis of traditional and current project delivery methodologies is presented. Advanced topics covering FIDIC conditions, arbitration, legal aspects, Saudi building codes, and procurement management is provided. Issues related to insurance and bonding in the construction industry are highlighted. Students will participate in realistic team exercises to enhance their contracting skills, to include mock negotiations, dispute resolution and oral proposals.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

ENGM 572: Construction Risk Management (3)

This course will provide project managers with the necessary knowledge and tools needed for identifying, analyzing, and managing the risks associated with construction project management.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

Industrial Management

ENGM 580: Organizational Change Management (3)

This course shares modern applications of organizational change techniques in engineering management settings. Students draw from classic and current readings and relevant case studies to scope and analyze their own case studies. (See ABET course syllabus in the Appendix for a sample list of readings for this course.)
Prerequisites: ENGM 530 and Graduate Standing

ENGM 581: Systems Engineering (3)

The student will learn the fundamental systems engineering methodologies. This course provides the tools and methodology to design solutions that more effectively meet customer requirements. The course has an applied focus around a project performed by small teams. The systems engineering approach is disciplined, yet considers the customer needs first and foremost.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

Quality Management

ENGM 590: Quality Control (3)

This course presents topics in quality control and total quality management. Use of methods and recent developments in quality control are covered. Statistical methods used in controlling process variation receive emphasis.
Prerequisite: ENGM 510 and Graduate Standing

ENGM 591: Reliability Engineering (3)

This course presents the managerial and mathematical principles and techniques of planning, organizing, controlling, and improving the reliability functions of an organization. This includes the formulation of mathematical models for reliability allocation and redundancy, time dependent and time independent prediction measures for both maintained and non-maintained systems. Emphasis is on practical applications for product or system design.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

Approved Technical Elective Courses

MKT 511: Marketing Management (3)

The objective of the course is to provide a clear picture of the marketing concepts and practice. It includes the major activities in managing marketing strategy and the marketing mix, including marketing analysis, planning, implementation, and control.

FIN 511: Financial Management (3)

This course is a broad survey of finance for all business students which emphasizes fundamental valuation concepts and their applications. It explores a set of key financial theories. The course examines theories associated with five key topics of Corporate Finance: The Efficient Market Hypothesis, Agency Theory, theories regarding the Market for Corporate Control, Capital Structure Theories, and Dividend Policy Theories.
Prerequisite: ACT 511

EPR 511: Entrepreneurship (3)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on all aspects of starting a new business with emphasis on the critical role of recognizing and creating opportunities. Topics include Attributes of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Careers, Evaluating Opportunities, Writing Business Plans, and Venture Financing.

IBM 511: International Business Management (3)

Students study the economic environment of business and international forces influencing the firm in order to achieve improved awareness/understanding of economic, institutional, and cultural issues pertinent to business, markets, policies, laws and trade in international business.

MIS 511: Management Information Systems (3)

The course covers the role of information systems that affect the decision making processes and the overall organizational performance. It focuses on the characteristics and structures of management information systems, management techniques and the decision-making styles. It also covers the information systems and their relations with the organizational structures, the MIS planning, the MIS applications and other managerial aspects of information systems. Topics include Management Information Systems Types, IS Strategic Alignment, Information Intensive Business Processes, Decision Making, Telecommunication and Network, Marketing Information Systems, Human Resource Information Systems, Accounting Information Systems and Finance Information Systems. Business analysis techniques are emphasized for systems such as Transactions Processing Systems (TPS), E-Business, Management Reporting Systems and Data Warehouses.

MGT 581: Business Strategies (3)

This course investigates the methods and techniques used to formulate competitive strategy through the analysis of industries, competitive dynamics, the general management process, and the achievement of sustainable competitive advantage. Students will also be exposed to growth strategies, comparative management, impact of taxation, technology strategies; product development and new market strategies. The course heavily emphasizes the use of case studies and in-class simulations. Prerequisites: ENGM 515, FIN 511, MKT 511, MIS 511 & OPM 511 (ENGM 540)

HRM 536: Cultural Diversity in Business (3)

The course introduces students to the role communication plays in shaping interactions between members of differing cultural groups. It includes an introduction to anthropology through the comparative study of cross cultures and how differences affect running the business. The course also covers obstacles and solutions in dealing with workforce diversity pertaining to the Saudi business environment. An emphasis will be made to Inter-Cultural Studies through the examination of:

  • The relationship between culture and identity.
  • Patterns of behaviour and attitudes engendered by intercultural contact.
  • Stages of intercultural awareness d. Expressions of identity.
    Prerequisite: HRM 512