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Master of Science Course Descriptions

For all areas of study except Information Technology, the Master of Science 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 top of page

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
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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: Enhancing Performance in Technology Organizations (3 credits)
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This course provides an overview of the most successful strategies and approaches for achieving performance improvement in technology-based organizations, using the latest research findings and examples of high performing technology organizations. Topics covered include organizational capabilities in managing costs and productivity, performance measurement, leadership system for high performance, enhanced quality in products and services, employee engagement and enhanced customer engagement and satisfaction, as well as performance capabilities (such as organizational values, adaptability, flexibility, agility, responsiveness, and decisiveness) that enable organizations to anticipate and respond to change. The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence are examined as assessment tools for achieving desired organizational capabilities. Discussion also covers specific approaches that contribute to high performance and organizational effectiveness, such as customer relationship management, supply chain management, Six Sigma, lean methodologies, and other process improvement tools. Successful applications of these strategies and approaches are illustrated through practical applications.
APS-510: Project Management for Technology (3 credits)
Preview the Online Syllabus 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 and Commercialization (3 credits)
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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)
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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 top of page

CTM-510: Introduction to Clinical Trials Research and Drug Development (3 credits)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 top of page

MSI-501: Foundations of Information Technology (3 credits)
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MSI-501 is a survey course on Information Technology IT. It is designed to give you ample opportunity to review critically emerging trends and implications for business managers and IT professionals. Topics covered include IT foundation concepts, data/ information management systems, networking systems, enterprise models/ systems, IT management processes, IT security, and IT ethics.
MSI-502: Telecommunications and Networking (3 credits)
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This course examines data communication and networking technologies from the business perspective. Topics covered include the networked enterprise, telecommunication network models, communication hardware, and trends and emerging technology, such as social media, mobile computing, cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things.
MSI-503: Object-Oriented Application Development (3 credits)
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This course provides students with knowledge and skills for object-oriented design and implementation of software applications. Students will learn to apply object-oriented concepts in solving computational problems and implementing structured and easily maintainable software solutions. The course also covers concepts on algorithmic design for problem solving and computer language mechanics. Advisory: This course is designed for students with a basic understanding of computer programming. Specific programming skills or previous programming experience is not required. However, object-oriented application development will be fully explored, so having a basic, working knowledge of computer programming is encouraged.
MSI-504: Information Systems Analysis, Modeling and Design (3 credits)
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The focus of this course is on the identification of an organization problem, the goals and the purpose of IT systems and how to carry out all the activities in the analysis and design of the systems. It addresses the design phases and all the techniques that are used to carry out the activities using a structured approach. Students will be required to apply these techniques to a work group project.
MSI-505: Principles of Database Design (3 credits)
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This course covers most of the major advancements in the technology of the design, development and management of database management systems (DBMS) as well as the theoretical concepts and applications of DBMS. Students will have hands-on experience through case study exercises and the design and implementation of projects. Note: This course requires that you use Microsoft Access software, which is a Windows-based product and will not run on Macs. You can run this software and other Windows software on your Mac using Apple's Boot Camp technology or third-party virtualization tools like Parallels or VMWare Fusion. These tools make it possible to run Mac OSX and a Windows operating system side by side. This solution will require a Windows license.
MSI-506: Operating Systems (3 credits)
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The focus of this course incorporates core concepts of operating systems. Emphasis is placed on interpreting universal concepts that are applicable to a wide range of operating systems. Topics explored include processes and threads, memory management, virtualization, scheduling and interaction between computers and the services provided by operating systems hardware. Examples are utilized from UNIX, Windows, and Android operating systems.

Nuclear Energy Technology Management: 12 credits top of page

APS-501: Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)
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This course explores the field of human performance improvement and focuses on the concepts and principles of human performance technology, human performance technology models, training needs assessment, and knowledge management. Other topics include performance improvement interventions, such as behavioral and job task analysis, work redesign, performance management and coaching, and instructional strategies to improve workplace performance.
NUC-501: Atmospheric Dispersion of Radioisotopes (3 credits)
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This course examines the prediction of radiological consequences from the dispersion of airborne radioactive effluents. The theoretical models are substantiated by meteorological data and dose assessment. The applications phase will link the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) code RASCAL to nuclear facility licensing, compliance, and emergency planning. Use of the code for analysis and evaluation is incorporated into the course as instruction.
NUC-502: Criticality Safety (3 credits)
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This course assesses nuclear industry prevention of an accidental, unplanned, and inadvertent self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction that could result in large radiation exposures or release of radioactive materials to the environment. The course emphasis is on the analysis of processes or systems that involve fissile materials, double-contingency principles, independent events in processes that must occur concurrently, and the need for continuous improvements based on operating experience.
NUC-503: Current Issues Case Studies (3 credits)
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This course presents current nuclear industry incidents, accidents, and issues confronting the future of the commercial nuclear power industry that will be synthesized and evaluated for the creation of continuous improvement recommendations with justifiable evidence. The course requires students to apply a systematic problem solving approach for the cases discussed. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, new nuclear power plant construction, and small modular reactors are examples of the sources of issues for the course. The course concludes with the project for each student to develop a comprehensive incident analysis report or case study.

Technical Studies Track: 12 credits top of page

APS-501: Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 top of page

APS-700: Master Project in Applied Science and Technology (6 credits)
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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.