Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5300. Special Topics in Engineering

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classroom and/or laboratory course in special topics as announced in advance for each semester.

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5311. Professional Communication and Information Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of the advanced communication skills as well as information management required of engineers and engineering managers in industry, government, and business. The design and writing of technical reports, articles, proposals and memoranda that address the needs of diverse organizational and professional audiences; the preparation and delivery of organizational and technical oral and multimedia presentations and briefings; team building skills with an emphasis on communications; and knowledge management. Taught with AMES 5121.

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5312. Engineering Project Planning and Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The methodology for managing engineering projects; including project lifecycle, strategic planning, budgeting, and resource scheduling. Also, work estimating, evaluating risk, developing the project team, project tracking and performing variance analysis. Case studies are used as class and homework assignments to focus the class on the topics presented.

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5314. Advanced Engineering Mathematics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced math topics including Laplace, Fourier and z-Transform methods, probability theory, ordinary differential equations and systems of ODEs, partial differential equations, vector calculus, elements of statistics, linear and non-linear optimization, matrix theory, and special functions like Bessel, Legendre, and gamma. This course is set up as modules. Students will be required to complete certain modules depending on their background and concentrations. Taught with AMES 5101.

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5315. MENG Capstone

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to students in the Master of Engineering (MENG) program who have successfully completed at least 24 credits of coursework.

Grading Basis: Graded

Required for students matriculated in the Master of Engineering program to complete an interdisciplinary engineering project where the subject matter/content spans more than one field of interest. The project should draw upon and demonstrate the application of material taught in the MENG program. The subject of the project selected could be one that supports the company for which the graduate student is employed or can be created in collaboration with the student's capstone faculty advisor.

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5410. Scientific Communication

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Formalize the practice and improve professional development skills related to communicating scientific data and research related topics. Topics include: developing the skill to build a story with relevant information to communicate scientific data, developing the art of public speaking and communicating scientific ideas to the research community and the general public, creating proper template for presentations, talks or posters, assessments and feedback for continuous improvement, and developing dissertation briefs. The course will also include invited talks and feedback from guest speakers in the field of communication.

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5420. Engineering Internships and Careers in Industry

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Formalize the practice and improve professional development skills related to obtaining an internship in the industry/national labs. Topics include: identifying engineering internships and research fellowships, creating personal online professional brand, by developing effective resume and cover letters, developing interview skills, assessments and feedback for continuous improvement. 

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5430. Teaching Engineering: Communication and Pedagogy

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Formalize the practice of professional development skills related to teaching in settings typically encountered by graduate students in engineering utilizing the foundations of course design and effective communication strategies. Topics include: education theory, teaching philosophy and diversity in the classroom, instruction design, learning objectives, motivating others to learn, assessments basics, and developing an effective instructional strategy, including methods, modules, and assessments to effectively execute instructional learning.

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