Master of Science in Applied Science & Technology Course Descriptions

For all areas of study except Information Technology, the Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree program includes 18 credits of core courses, 12 credits of area of study requirements and a 6-credit Master's project. For the Information Technology area of study, students who are not working as information technology professionals at the time of their admittance into the program will be required to take 18 credits of core courses and all students in the Information Technology area of study are required to complete 15 credits in the area of study, bringing the total credits needed to earn the degree to 39 credits. Students who are IT professionals at the time they are admitted into the program will not be required to take MSI-501, pending a review by the dean.

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Core Courses: 18 credits

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APS-602: Managing People in Technology Based Organizations
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This course explores the theoretical and practical issues that science and technology poses to senior managers and leaders in contemporary organizations. The course will equip students with the tools needed to be effective leaders in organizations driven by scientific and technological breakthroughs. The case study method will be used to sharpen the analytical skills necessary to develop and implement solutions to challenges posed by a fast paced highly technical society.

THC-625: Technology and the Human Community: Challenges and Responses
This course explores the role of technology as it relates to society, community and the individual, with particular emphasis on its impact on workplace issues. Students will explore humanity’s love-hate relationship with technology over the millennia, will debate ethical issues such as cloning and irradiated food, and will anticipate technology’s impact on cultures, communities and individual persons in the future.
APS-600: Productivity Measurement and Continuous Improvement (3 credits)
This course focuses on the essence of principles, and practices of productivity measurement and continuous improvement based on global perspectives. Also provide a functional understanding of productivity and how it can be measured properly and effectively for productivity improvement purposes. The content for the course will encompass total quality management (TQM); process improvement; business processes and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
APS-510: Project Management for Technology (3 credits)
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Project Management for Technology introduces project management from the standpoint of a manager who must organize, plan, implement, and control tasks to achieve an organization's schedule, budget, and performance objectives. Tools and concepts such as project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure, project estimating, and scheduling methodologies are studied. We will even practice with Microsoft Project software to be able to manage a project from start to deployment! What is a project? How do you manage one? What is the best approach? We'll answer those questions and many more in the next twelve weeks. This is an opportunity to learn the project management fundamentals that can guide a project through a maze of challenges to successful completion! Successful projects do not occur by luck or by chance. In fact, many projects do not achieve their organization's goals!

APS-601: Technological Innovation & Commercialization (3 credits)
This course examines the relationship between sustainable growth, innovation and the commercialization process. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to drive profitable innovation through a dynamic process of constantly creating new business models, improving customer experiences, opening new markets and commercializing or launching new products. Students will be immersed in the assessment skill set necessary to identify emerging trends and develop organizational to meet unmet market needs.
APS-610: Cost Estimation and Financial Management for Engineers and Technologists (3 credits)
Decisions on large and small programs, whether in government or industry, always have a financial component and financial impacts. Cost Estimation and Financial Management for Engineers and Technologists will provide learners with an understanding of the financial aspects of decision making. The focus will be on the application of cost estimates and cost benefit analyses to program and financial management, budget preparation and justification, the understanding and use of financial statements, and program control.

In addition, the course will help participants to become informed consumers of cost estimates and cost benefit analyses. Being informed includes evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the cost benefit analysis approach as well as the role of risk and uncertainty, comprehending sensitivity analysis, and knowing the right questions to ask when you are the recipient of a cost benefit analysis

Clinical Trials Management Track: 12 credits

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CTM-510: Introduction to Clinical Trials Research and Drug Development (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the field of clinical research and an overview of the environment, FDA approval process and regulations and various elements involved in the development and conduct of clinical trials. Students identify the history and principles of drug development process and their application to the design and implementation of clinical research activities. Students identify the steps involved in drug discovery to market approval in the United States and abroad. In addition, students learn the role, responsibilities and interrelationships of regulatory agencies, sponsors, study personnel and other related agencies in clinical research process. The relevant ethical principles developed for the protection of human research subjects and the related elements of informed consent are covered.
CTM-520: Clinical Trials Research: Practice to Policy (3 credits)
This course provides students with an understanding of clinical research methods as well as current issues concerning drug and device development in the United States. Students learn how to formulate a scientific literature search to inform their research efforts and develop the skills that are necessary for critical evaluation of published studies. The design of clinical research is discussed in detail so that the student is prepared to recommend what type of study is best suited for answering particular research questions. Students learn about the various approaches to conducting a survey as a part of clinical research. Economic/cost measures, health-related quality-of-life measures and work productivity measures are also covered. Students develop an understanding of current issues related to clinical research.
CTM-530: Introduction to Clinical Trials Data Management (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the clinical data management process in pharmaceutical research settings. Students gain an understanding of the regulations governing the data management process; identify the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in the process; learn how and why data is collected; and understand database structure and design. The course covers the reporting of adverse drug events. Also covered are parameters for data review, coding, queries and validation. Students develop strategies to manage practical issues that may arise.
CTM-540: Ethical Issues and Regulatory Principles in Clinical Trials (3 credits)
This course provides a stepwise approach to understanding clinical research and how today’s regulations impact tomorrow’s drugs. Early ethical guidelines such as the Nuremberg Code and the Declaration of Helsinki will be covered. The course also explores essential aspects of running clinical trials, including regulatory documents, regulatory inspections and adverse event and safety monitoring. Regulatory guidelines outside the United States will be covered.

Information Technology: 15 credits

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MSI-502: Telecommunications and Networking (3 credits)
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MSI-503: Object-Oriented Application Development (3 credits)
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MSI-504: Information Systems Analysis, Modeling and Design (3 credits)
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MSI-505: Principles of Database Design (3 credits)
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MSI-506: Operating Systems (3 credits)
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Nuclear Energy Technology Management: 12 credits

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APS-501: Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)
NUC-501: Atmospheric Dispersion of Radioisotopes (3 credits)
NUC-502: Criticality Safety (3 credits)
NUC-503: Current Issues Case Studies (3 credits)

Technical Studies Track: 12 credits

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APS-501: Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)
This course focuses on improving human performance through analysis. Human Performance Improvement focuses on improving operational performance through training & development, ergonomics, environmental health and safety operations analysis.
APS-502: Advanced Quality Analysis (3 credits)
This course focuses on the analysis of quality process improvements for operational practices and productivity. The quality analysis assesses milestone targets, trends, and performance to evaluate organizational total quality in quantitative elements.
EUT-500: Renewable and Alternative Energy (3 credits)
The Renewable and Alternative Energy course provides and application knowledge of renewable and alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, bio-fuel, and energy storage. Other concepts include material efficiency issues, recycling, composting and the concept of lifecycle design, that provide conservation strategies, development of more ecologically, and economically sustainable.
CMP-500: Network Security (3 credits)
This course provides a practical survey of both the principles and practice of cryptography and network security. First, the basic issues to be addressed by a network security capability are explored through a tutorial and survey of cryptography and network security technology. Then, the practice of network security is explored via practical applications that have been implemented and are in use today.

Master's Project: 6 credits

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APS-700: Master Project in Applied Science and Technology (6 credits)
The Master Project in Applied Science and Technology is designed to provide a guided in-depth experience in defining, measuring, analyzing, improving and controlling a significant opportunity or challenge relevant to the learners applied science or technology workplace or profession. The learner will be expected to acquire knowledge, real life experience, and research to make recommendations that are based upon solid data and benchmarking.

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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