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Course Descriptions for the M.S.-MBA ("Nano+MBA") Program
NNSE 501 Mechanics of Finite-Size Elements (3): Introduction to atomic and continuum scale mechanical matrices and associated tensor representations, generalized Hooke's Law, stress deformation and flow. Applications to nanomechanics of nanoscale systems and mechanics of nanoscale assemblies. Introductory fracture mechanics and dislocation mediated deformation mechanisms of nanoscale solids, including introductions to creep, and fatigue for nanoscale structures.
NNSE 511 Quantum Theory of Solids I (3): Introduction to the quantum theory of nanoscale material systems. Fundamental concepts, quantum dynamics, symmetry in infinite and nanoscale systems. Approximation methods and scattering theory in infinite and finite nanometer size systems. Introduction to energy band structure for periodic and nanoscale crystals. Introductory application of plane wave and tight-binding approaches for band structure of nanoscale systems. Practical applications to nanoscale materials.
NNSE 512 Quantum Theory of Solids II (3): Applications of the quantum theory of nanoscale material systems. Fundamentals of Hartree-Fock theory and applications to band structure of ultra-small systems. Quantum harmonic crystal theory. Localized and long-ranged impurity states. Electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions. Practical applications of band structure in nanoscale semiconductor systems. Quantum conductivity in nanowires and nanostructures. Landauer theory: conductance of quantum channels.
NNSE 519 Principles of Materials Nanoengineering (3): This course will explore the fundamental structure/chemistry/property relationships in nanomaterials and nanomaterial systems. Examples of basic concepts will be drawn from areas that include nanoelectronics, nanophotonic devices, superconducting systems and nanoelectromechanical devices. In order to achieve this objective students will have to understand key elements of thermodynamics, nanophase diagrams, band theory and crystallography as well as the fundamentals of mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties of nanomaterials.
NNSE 525 Experimental Methodologies for Non-Biological Nanosciences (3): Statistical principles for design-of-experiment methods as applied to nanomaterials self-assembly, processing, and associated development of analytical protocols. Elementary ideas of blocking, general principles of linear model analysis. Introduction to replication, covariance, experimental treatment structures, and full- and partial-factorial designs.
NNSE 528 Nanosystems Science and Technology (3): Fundamentals of nanosystems design including nanoelectrical mechanical systems (NEMS), MEMS, radio frequency MEMS (RF-MEMS), chemical-MEMS (C-MEMS), bio-MEMS (B-MEMS), and monolithic microwave integrated circuitry (MMIC). Development of basic aspects of design, fabrication, and integration in the context of modern system-on-chip (SOC) technology. Introductory expertise in nanosystems to develop basic nanosytems designs via finite element analysis (FEA) modeling.
NNSE 541 Introduction to NanoElectronics (3): Topics include an introduction to the operating principles of nanoscale electronic and optical devices (quantum devices). The emphasis will be on how nano-fabrication technology and quantum mechanics affect the properties of reduced sizes and dimensions. Specific examples of devices based on quantum wells, wires and dots are given.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS COURSES
ACC 518 Accounting for Managers (3): Focuses on the financial statements of business organizations, the information they contain, and how this information is useful to management. Emphasis is placed on the meaning and the value of accounting information to a manager, not on the recording and processing of that information. The course also focuses on the use of accounting information by managers, concerning economic resources. Managers must understand cost concepts and how they relate to a variety of environmental and operational variables. Such understanding leads to the ability to analyze profitability and interpret the information supplied by various performance measurement systems.
BUS 523 Presentation Skills (1): Skills-oriented course seeks to develop effective individual presentation skills through instruction and practice. Students will be videotaped and given detailed feedback about their skills and needs for improvement. Attention will also be given to working as part of a group in making business presentations.
FIN 515 Economic Analysis (3): Provides economic foundations for business management and fosters the development of sound economic reasoning. Relevant principles of macroeconomic and microeconomic theory will be related to specific business applications. A group project, involving a written and oral presentation is required. Prerequisite: one course in economics. S/U graded.
ITM 510 Advanced Excel with Visual Basic for Applications (1): This course includes Advanced Excel including the use of Macros, Functions, Goal Seek, Sover, VBA, regression analysis, charts, pivot tables, etc. Problems will focus on business decision support, scenario analysis and statistical techniques. The student will learn how to better use spreadsheet Software and VB for applications for problem solving in a business environment.
ITM 520 Database Management (1): This is an introductory course in database modeling, design and implementation for business applications. The role of database systems in the management of information and the procedures for modeling the data resource to support managerial/executive needs are presented. It includes principles of database theory, query languages, and forms of data organization. Students gain hands-on experience through developing one or more database applications using one of the standard database packages.
MGT 513 Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills (3): This course provides a basic understanding of individual, group, and organizational processes and their effectiveness. Key processes include motivation, communication, managerial functions, organizational politics and management of organizational change. The emphasis is on building diagnostic skills needed to understand organizational processes and the administrative and interpersonal skills needed to carry out key responsibilities in any type of management position. Time management, planning, problem solving, leading meetings, negotiating agreements, managing conflict, and providing feedback will be demonstrated through the use of cases, role-plays and simulations.
ITM 513 Quantitative Analysis for Business (3): This course is designed to train students to make business decisions using quantitative techniques. Analytic skills such as problem solving and critical thinking will be taught through the use of probability and logical reasoning. Concepts including simulation and regression will be covered with the aid of software packages. Students will work on projects involving quality control and forecasting. Business skills such as risk management and inventory planning will be emphasized.
ITM 522 Managing Information Technology (3): This required course for all MBA students is, simply stated, about managing IT to realize the full potential of investments in these technologies. The advent of the Personal Computer in the early eighties ushered the Information Age. In today's Internet Age, it is imperative for managers to get a good grasp of the role of IT as a key enabler to achieve business objectives. The course will examine strategic as well as operational issues of IT management. The goal of this course is to cover major topics rather than be encyclopedic, so that a foundation is laid for learning as the field unfolds in the future.
MGT 514 Human Resources Management (3): Overview of human resources management in organizations. Topics include personnel recruitment, selection, assessment, performance appraisal, training, safety, compensation, employee benefits, personnel planning, career counseling, affirmative action, labor relations, and collective bargaining. Prerequisite: Mgt 513.
BUS 675 International Business (3): Introduction to the global scope of the competitive environment of today's economy. Selected topics, including cross-cultural, political, and economic considerations, examine both the functional interrelationships as well as the international dimensions of business decisions. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 30 graduate credits.
ITM 514 Operations Management (3): Gaining competitive advantage through quality services and products continues to be a major challenge for many service and manufacturing organizations. In this course, we present a comprehensive view of how a judicious combination of operations strategy, concepts, processes, and techniques enable both service and manufacturing organizations to compete effectively in the global marketplace. The course is organized around the theme of how to effectively manage the process of producing and delivering quality services and products to the customer. The course will emphasize the use of cases and require presentations to enhance both unstructured problem solving and communication skills.
FIN 525 Financial Management (3): The fundamental principles of modern financial economics. Demonstrates the most common applications of these ideas in the realm of corporate and individual financial decisions. The organization of the material follows the traditional lines of analysis in corporate finance and includes current notions of market behavior and efficiency. Prerequisites: Acc 512 or Acc 516 and 517, Fin 515, and Msi 512.
MKT 522 Marketing Management (3): The characteristics and management of markets. Topics include the marketing environment, components of the marketing mix, market segmentation, and planning. Prerequisite: Completion of 15 graduate credits or equivalent coursework.
MGT 682 Strategic Management (3): Development of an overall management viewpoint integrating the specific perspective of various specialized business functions. Comprehensive cases are utilized to provide experience in determining general enterprise objectives and policies, defining related problems, planning programs of action and appraising results. Opportunities for pertinent field studies are provided through the cooperation of area firms and executives. Prerequisite: 30 credits of graduate coursework.