SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY
Robert Desmond, Dean, 119 Rawl
Elmer C. Poe, Associate Dean and Graduate Director, 121 Rawl
The School of Industry and Technology offers graduate programs leading to the graduate certificate, the master of science, and a consortium-based doctor of philosophy. The school is a leading proponent of collaborative network-based learning and offers many of its graduate programs on-line. Graduate certificates for computer network professional and website developer are offered. Master’s degree programs include study in digital communications, environmental health, environmental planning, manufacturing, and occupational safety. A seven-university consortium offers a PhD in technology management. Additionally, a concentration in planning for students pursuing master’s degrees in geography and in public administration is offered. Graduates from all of these programs are prepared to manage rapidly changing technologies and technical systems.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Acceptance to the master of science degree in industrial technology is based on satisfactory undergraduate grades, scores on either the Miller Analogy Test or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and letters of reference. Environmental health and safety degrees require the GRE. Completion of an undergraduate degree in industrial technology or a related discipline is recommended for admission. Students from other disciplines may also be accepted. Students with limited technical expertise are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Industrial Technology Graduate Admissions Committee. In some cases, remedial undergraduate courses or additional graduate courses are required to complement the graduate program.
PHD IN TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
The School of Industry and Technology is one of seven universities collaborating to provide an online PhD program in technology management. The degree is awarded through Indiana State University and is designed to prepare scholars for leadership positions in education, industry, government, and business. The program consists of a minimum of 90 s.h. beyond the baccalaureate in addition to satisfactory completion of competency examinations from two of the following areas: statistics, foreign language, and computer applications. Students are also required to successfully complete preliminary and comprehensive examinations, design and conduct original research, and defend a doctoral dissertation. An individualized program of study and applied research internship is also required.
The program involves five areas of required study: technical core (15 s.h.), research core (27 s.h.), technical specialization (30 s.h.), internship (6 s.h.), and cognates (12 s.h.). Additional courses may be required to address deficiencies. Design of each candidate’s program of study is dependent on their goals and background experiences.
Four technical specializations are currently available: digital communication systems, manufacturing systems, quality systems, and human resource development. ECU provides the lead on specializations in digital communication and manufacturing systems. Students identify a “home university” based on their technical specialization and/or geographic location.
MS IN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
Minimum degree requirement is 36 s.h. of credit as follows:
Concentration area (Choose one.)
The master of science degree program in industrial technology is designed to serve the needs of students who possess a baccalaureate degree in industrial technology and related disciplines. The program of study includes course work composed of six core courses, including two in problem solving and six in the area of specialization. All students are required to apply theory to practice through full or part-time experiences in industry or other approved technical environments. Concentrations are currently available in digital communication technology, environmental planning and development, and manufacturing.
The emphasis of the master of science degree program is on industrial technology management, application to practice, and creative problem solving in industry.
All students pursuing graduate degrees in industrial technology must complete prescribed course work as well as a research or intern/practicum experience.
The core consists of courses which emphasize the fundamental skills and knowledge deemed important by industrial employers and technology managers. Industrial technology graduates must be able to use information processing systems to more effectively communicate, process information, access data, and solve problems in industry; evaluate the performance of technical systems and interpret the significance of data pertaining to product quality and reliability; be familiar with contemporary issues relating to people and technology in competitive, world-class markets; identify and apply techniques for organizing resources to enhance productivity and accomplish objectives in a cost-efficient and timely manner; and serve as effective leaders and managers.
Students with limited technical expertise are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, remedial undergraduate courses or additional graduate courses are required to complement the graduate program.
All courses are offered in an on line format. Students must have access to current computing technology and full Internet access (full TCP/IP and not behind a firewall). Additional details regarding platforms and connectivity are available by contact the Office of Graduate Studies in the School of Industry and Technology.
Digital Communications Technology
Courses serving the needs of students in this concentration emphasize information processing systems used to effectively communicate, process information, access data, and solve problems in industry.
Environmental Planning and Development
Students should consult the graduate coordinator in the Department of Planning.
Additional courses approved by the adviser will be substituted for required courses completed prior to admission to the program. If a required 5000-level course was taken as part of an undergraduate degree program, an appropriate 6000-level course must be substituted with advice from the graduate coordinator in the Department of Planning.
Courses serving the needs of students in this concentration emphasize the design, management, and control of human and technological systems in manufacturing.
All students pursuing a master of science degree in industrial technology must complete one of two problem-solving options in addition to courses required in their concentration. A description of the requirements for these options is presented below.
Research option: The research option is designed primarily for students interested in research and development in industry. The student works with a research committee to complete a thesis. Requirements for the thesis are specified by the Graduate School. Students pursuing this option must complete ITEC 7000 (6 s.h.).
Practicum option: The practicum option enables the graduate student to apply classroom principles to industrial practice in each concentration. Students who do not have 18 months of work experience in the field of study must complete the field-based internship, ITEC 5100. Students with 18 months of approved work experience in the field of study are not required to take ITEC 5100 but an approved elective.
A supervised industry-based research project must be completed in ITEC 6100, under the direction of a three-person committee consisting of two graduate faculty members from the student's field and one individual from the sponsoring industry.
The practicum project will consist of a committee form, project proposal, final report, and an electronic presentation. Formats for the components of the project must follow those taught in ITEC 6400.
The master of science in industrial technology degree shall be awarded only after the candidate passes a comprehensive oral or written examination that includes the presentation of a final project, or thesis. The comprehensive oral or written exam shall be evaluated by the candidate’s graduate committee.
Computer Network Professional Certificate Program
The computer network professional certificate program prepares graduates for employment in the computer networking industry. The skills included in the course work are required to be successful in such positions as network administrator, data communication manager, communication specialist, etc.
The program is structured to achieve this objective through 15 s.h. of advanced course work, including industry-based experiences. Information in the courses is cumulative; therefore the program requires three semesters to complete.
The computer network professional certificate program is offered on line via the Internet. Students in the program are required to have fully functional computer hardware and full Internet connectivity. Additional details regarding platforms are available by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies, School of Industry and Technology.
Required courses: DTEC 6800, 6805, 6820, 6830, 6840.
Website Developer Certificate Program
The website developer certificate program prepares graduates for employment as website developers and managers. The skills learned in this certificate program are required to be successful in jobs with titles such as web master, web designer, etc.
The program is structured to achieve this objective through 15 s.h. of advanced course work, including industry-based experiences. Information in the courses is cumulative; therefore the program requires three semesters to complete. A one-semester industry/business internship is required to complete the certificate.
The website developer certificate program is offered online via the Internet. Students in the program are required to have fully functional computer hardware and full Internet connectivity. Additional details regarding platforms are available by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies in the School of Industry and Technology.
Required courses: DTEC 6800, 6815, 6825, 6835, 6845.
DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Douglas W. Kruger, Chairperson, 326 Rawl
CMGT: Construction Management
5503. Independent Study: Construction (3) May be repeated for credit with consent of dept chair. Research-oriented. Problem solving with tools, materials, and processes of construction industry.
6660. Construction Control Systems (3) P: ITEC 6200 or consent of instructor. Comprehensive systems used to control construction projects. Business, financial, managerial, and legal systems used to control construction process.
6662. Construction Contracting (3) P: ITEC 6200 or consent of instructor. Theory and case studies related to management of construction business practices. Emphasis on legal aspects of performance of construction contracts.
6664. Advanced Cost Estimating/Cost Analysis (3) Incorporation of emerging estimating and cost control measures in construction industry. Conceptual and definitive estimating, cost developing, cost analysis methods, project delivery implications, international work implications, international work implications, and computer applications and modeling.