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Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management
Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Concentration in Transportation

Concentration in Engineering Management

Concentration in Humanitarian Disaster Management


Core Courses


(Students complete all the core courses, except MSTEM 900 Capstone before beginning course work in their area of specialization)

TEM 500: Project Management

Students understand and gain experience in using modern methods and practices for managing projects from small to extremely large. You work individually and in teams to actually experience managing a project, analyze case studies on specific topics in the field, and practice problem solving using the important concepts and methods such as software for scheduling and resource management.  Topics include: organizing and managing projects; selection of alternate projects using financial viability, suitability of the end product, time of delivery, and quality as criteria; defining scope; scheduling and resource management; budgeting and control; ending projects and learning from them for the future.  Examples will be drawn from operations such as engineering and supply chains, including a maritime link.

TEM 510: International Transportation Economics

Students learn to apply microeconomic principles, especially in the field of freight transportation, with special attention to international transport and maritime related scenarios.  We use classical and behavioral microeconomic methods and practices to illuminate the management of enterprises and assets in transportation markets, as well as in their global settings and in the presence of external influences such as regulation and political and social concerns. Students work individually and in teams to analyze case studies on specific topics in the field, and practice issue diagnosis and explanation using the important concepts and methods covered.  Topics include: modern theories of transport supply and demand, the firm and costs, industrial organization in markets, externalities, regulation, and models of social welfare.  Examples will be drawn primarily from freight transportation scenarios, including a maritime link.

TEM 520: Organizational Behavior and Management  

The course explores transitions and trends in the environment of contemporary global business processes and activities. Its main focus is the human resources channel of the supply chain, including the primary functions of recruiting, training, and work force maintenance. Within this primary focus, control mechanisms (such as protection of the confidentiality of employee records), labor relations, leadership, organizing, and planning are addressed. Case examples in the maritime and logistics industry will frequently be referenced to enhance course objectives.

TEM 530: Financial Management  

A course of study focused on managing financial resources in today’s economy.  Topics covered include: the management and formation of capital; the finance function and its environment; techniques of financial analysis; planning and control; management of working capital; capital budgeting; cost of capital; money and capital market analysis; management of capital structure.

TEM 540: Information Systems Management

The course provides a comprehensive study of the use of computers for management decision-making including an examination of traditional information systems and system development techniques focusing on the end user’s perspective. The course uses applications software to develop knowledge of the computer environment. Students use databases to analyze information about the business environment from such sources as the Internet, the financial databases, and other research databases.

TEM 900: Capstone

(To be taken upon completion of stem courses)

Students scope, develop, plan and execute an in-depth practical project to deliver value in transportation, engineering management or humanitarian/disaster management, usually for an organization familiar to them. They work in consultation with the course instructor, and usually other faculty and other representatives in a committee selected by the student and instructor. Using knowledge acquired in the program, they devise and present workable solutions to resolve problems in their respective target enterprise.

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Stem Courses

(Students choose one of three areas for their specialization – Transportation, Engineering Management, or Humanitarian Disaster Management.)

Transportation


TEM 600: Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Logistics is the science of movement of materials from raw material to the customer in the globalized economy; supply chain management focus on understanding basic techniques and strategic issues in the successful movement of products from their origins as raw materials to their final destinations as finished products, including the impact of culture, strategic planning, organization, and management control.  Specific topics may include customer service, e-commerce, facilities location, routing and pricing, storage, transportation, emerging technologies, and re-engineering the supply chain.  Emphasis will be placed throughout on the maritime component, with frequent use of case studies.

TEM 610: International Transportation Law

Focused on legal issues in transportation, logistics and supply chain management in the globalized economy.  Topics include: Freight charges liability; loss, damage and delay claims, billing disputes, overcharge and undercharge claims; bills of lading; the freight classification system; cargo insurance; applicable international legal treaties and conventions; and the current state of international transportation law.

TEM 620: International Trade and Finance

This advanced course of study focuses on trade and finance in a globalized economy.  Trade topics include the current structure of the international trading system, global trade treaties and agreements, and the impact of e-commerce on traditional trade constructs.  Financial topics covered include raising capital in the global economy, the management of investment and exchange risk, and global financial treaties and agreements.

TEM 630: Port and Terminal Management


An advanced course of study dealing with modern port and terminal operations, including logistics processes such as on-dock rail, strategic and tactical planning, harbor drayage, terminal gate protocols, equipment and cargo management, and integration of marine port and terminal operations with other modes of transportation. The student will gain an introduction to several different types of marine terminals, including containerized liner facilities, dry bulk, and liquid bulk facilities, ro-ro terminals, and others.

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Engineering Management

TEM 700: Systems Engineering Management


Systems Engineering Management introduces students to the principles and processes of systems engineering, from concept development through system integration, testing and life cycle support.  The course explores a disciplined approach to identifying user needs, translating those needs into a complete system specification, and verifying the requirements are met.  A team project related to deployment of a large-scale complex system is used to demonstrate the integrated nature of systems engineering.

TEM 705: Strategic Management


Focuses on the managing and resolution of complex problems in engineering management.  Topics covered include: The process of crafting strategy; evaluating a company's external environment; evaluating a company's resources and competitive position; integration and outsourcing; diversification, acquisitions and new ventures; competing in foreign markets; strategy, ethics, and social responsibility; and effective strategy execution

TEM 710: Technology Management


An advanced course of study focused on managing advanced technology in industry.  Topics include: Human factors; quality control; reliability and maintainability; integrated logistic support; sales and marketing for engineers; legal issues and entrepreneurship; and managing risk.

TEM 720: Energy Resource Management


Focused on energy resource management issues including: Auditing and economic analysis; management control and maintenance systems; sustainability and high performance facilities; alternative energy systems; boilers and fired systems; cogeneration and HVAC systems; lighting and electrical management; natural gas purchasing; utility deregulation and energy systems outsourcing; energy security risk analysis methods; financing energy management projects.

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Humanitarian Disaster Management

TEM 800: Rapid and Slow Onset Disaster Management


This course underpins the overall Humanitarian Logistics track by introducing the student to the subject through an understanding of the disaster response cycle and a high level discussion of the key stakeholders.  It will then consider the role of the humanitarian logistician before discussing five of the most significant challenges facing those working in this field.

TEM 810: The Global Humanitarian System


Building on the above introduction, this course will consider in greater depth the humanitarian system as a whole and the resulting tensions.  In doing so, it will compare and contrast the actions and activities with those found in the commercial and military counterparts that will be found operating alongside the humanitarian logistic network.  It will, in particular, focus on the issue of the development and maintenance of inter-personal and inter-organizational trust as a critical success factor within the post-disaster response. 

TEM 820: Humanitarian Project Management


On the basis that the whole area of the preparation and response to a natural disaster falls into the Rittel and Webber’s categorization of a “wicked problem”, based on academic approaches to the “taming” of such problems, this course will consider alternate ways of managing the humanitarian logistic challenge.  These will be drawn from a number of fields including those of project management and procurement as well as the area of general management. 
 
TEM 830:  National and International Humanitarian Logistics


It is recognized that there are significant differences in the philosophical approach, and consequential policies, processes and procedures adopted by different countries in their preparation and response to national and international disasters.  The aim of this course is to consider the differences in such approach, the implications for international cooperation and the extent to which best practice can be synthesized.
 

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