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Master of Science in Engineering Management

College
College of Engineering
Department
Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management
Level
Masters
Study System
Total Credit Hours
33 Cr.Hrs
Duration
2-4 Years
Intake
Fall & Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM) Program

Introduction
Individuals with combined technical expertise and business skills are increasingly in demand by organizations that seek sustainable competitive advantage. If you hold a bachelor's degree in engineering and your career goal is to be a manager or business leader, then the program in engineering management at the University of Sharjah is specifically designed for you. As part of its commitment to providing high quality education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the University of Sharjah launched a graduate program leading to a Master's Degree in Engineering Management (MEM) in Fall 2013-14.

Program Goals
The main goals of the MEM program are:

  1. To prepare engineers from various specializations to address advanced and challenging engineering problems taking into account the technical and socio-economic factors and implications.
  2. To prepare its graduates to assume leading roles in their organizations in the determination of best approaches to manage changes in the engineering processes and benefit from relevant technological innovations.
  3. To equip its graduates with the knowledge and skills to interact and communicate effectively with professionals from other specializations within and outside their organizations.
  4. To equip its graduates with the knowledge, skills and awareness of long-term sustainability factors associated with the adoption of any engineering process or product. 

Student Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes for the three options of the MEM program are as follows:

  1. Apply knowledge, skills and techniques of engineering and management to execute contemporary projects, professional activities and operations effectively and efficiently.
  2. Understand the concepts and application of good management practices to foster innovation and sustain global competitiveness.
  3. Identify, analyze, formulate, and solve advanced engineering problems and highly complex matters that involve constrained resources.
  4. Collect, interpret, and use data effectively to make fair and valid decisions and assess their impacts taking into account socio-economic, ethical, environmental, health and safety issues.
  5. Demonstrate leadership and effective communication and further learning skills while incorporating new strategic approaches or conceptual abstract solutions. 
  6. An ability to take responsibility, conduct academic research and contribute to professional knowledge.

Program Structure & Requirements
Special Admission Requirements

  • Admission to this program is open to students holding a bachelor degree in engineering from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent.
  • Students with CGPA between 2.50 and 2.99 may apply for admission and the department may consider their application subject to availability. If admitted, those students can register in options 1 or 2 only (i.e. they cannot register in thesis option).
  • Applicants should satisfy the English Language proficiency requirement of 550 in TOEFL or 6.0 in IELTS if the medium of instruction in their Bachelor's degree was not English.
  • The admission jury may issue a conditional admission. The conditions include, but are not limited to, the fact that the student cannot register in one of the options, or has to take some additional courses (qualifying non-credit courses).

Program Options

To accommodate students with different interests, the MScEM program is offered under two options:

1. MScEM with Courses and Project (Option 1)

2. MScEM with Courses and Thesis (Option 2)

Program Components:

As shown in Table 1, a satisfactory completion of 33 credits is required for both MScEM options.

The course work for Option 1 includes 12 credits of compulsory courses, 15 elective credits, and

a six-credit project. In addition to 12 compulsory credits, Option 2 requires a satisfactory

completion of six elective credits and a fifteen-credit thesis. Both options also require a satisfactory

completion of a zero-credit seminar.

 

Table 1: MSCEM Program Components for the Two Options


ComponentsCredit Hours
Option 1Option 2
Compulsory Courses1212
Elective Courses156
MSc Seminar00
MSc Project6-
MSc Thesis-15
Total3333


Upon admission, students should choose an option among the two options of the MScEM program

based on their interests. However, the MScEM Program option with Courses and Thesis (Option 2) can only be chosen by students with unconditional admission.

 

Students are allowed to change their option only once subject to the following conditions:

1. If their current option is 1:

      a. They should not have registered the course MSc Project (0405-595) yet.

      b. They should have taken at most two elective courses.

      c. Their admission should be without condition on the option.

2. If their current option is 2, they should not have registered the course MSc Thesis (0405-599) yet.

3. Other cases can be considered on a case-by-case basis. The student bears, in these cases,

the responsibility of possibly not counting in his/her transcript some of the courses that he/she has taken.

4. Approval of the program coordinator must be obtained in all cases.

5. The change becomes effective from the following semester.

 

Academic Courses

The program offers a wide range of courses to suit students' areas of interest. These courses are listed in Table 2.

Table 2: MSCEM Academic Courses

 
Course CodeCourse Name

Credit

Hours

Pre-

requisite

1.0405-501Legal Issues3 
2.0405-511Operations Management3 
3.0405-512Applied Engineering Optimization3 
4.0405-522Engineering Statistical Analysis3 
5.0405-532Engineering Asset Management3 
6.0405-541Safety Engineering Management3 
7.0405-560Management for Engineers3 
8.0405-561Engineering Project Management3 
9.0405-562Economic Analysis of Engineering Systems3 
10.0405-563Quality Engineering30405-522
11.0405-564Lean Six Sigma Systems30405-522
12.0405-566Accounting and Finance for Engineers3 
13.0405-567Supply Chain Management3 
14.0405-581Special Topics in Engineering Management3 
15.0405-591MSc Seminar09 credits
16.0405-595MSc Project6

18 credits

and

0405-591

17.0405-599MSc Thesis15

12 credits

and

0405-591


Study Plan

 

Option 1: MScEM with Courses and Project

The study plan for the MScEM with Courses and Project option is outlined in (Table 3). Elective Courses are selected based on the following criteria:

1. At least four courses should be taken from MScEM elective courses (Table 4).

2. Subject to academic advisor and program coordinator's approval, only one course may be taken from graduate (master or doctorate) level courses offered within the College of

Engineering or the College of Business Administration.

YearCourses/ProjectCreditsTotal credits

 

1

0405-511 Operations Management3

 

18

0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis3
0405-560 Management for Engineers3
0405-561 Engineering Project Management3
Elective Course 13
Elective Course 23

 

2

Elective Course 33

 

15

Elective Course 43
Elective Course 53
0405-591 Seminar0
0405-595 MSc Project6
Total Credits33

 

it is worth noting that the MSc Project (0405-595) should be registered over two semesters with a

load of 3 credit hours for the first semester and 3 credit hours for the second semester. A grade of

Pass or Fail is given upon the presentation of the project at the end of the second semester. The

examination committee can decide that the student has to add one (or more) semester to complete

the work. In this case the student has to register the course (0405-595) with zero credit hours. The

grade of the MSc Project will not be included in the calculation of the student CGPA. The

procedure is similar to that of the MSc Thesis registration and defense available in the MSc

Executive Regulations on the College of Graduate Studies website.

Table 4: MScEM  Elective Courses

Elective Courses
 Course CodeCourse Name

Credit

Hours

1.0405-501Legal Issues3
2.0405-512Applied Engineering Optimization3
3.0405-532Engineering Asset Management3
4.0405-541Safety Engineering Management3
5.0405-562Economic Analysis of Engineering Systems3
6.0405-563Quality Engineering3
7.0405-564Lean Six Sigma Systems3
8.0405-566Accounting and Finance for Engineers3
9.0405-567Supply Chain Management3
10.0405-581Special Topics in Engineering Management3


 

Option 2: MScEM with Courses and Thesis

The study plan for the MSCEM with Thesis and Courses is outlined in Table 5. Elective Courses

are selected based on the following criteria:

1. At least one course should be taken from MScEM Elective Courses (Table 4)

2. Subject to academic advisor and program coordinator's approval, only one course may be

taken from graduate (master or doctorate) level courses offered within the College of

Engineering or the College of Business Administration.

 

 

MSc Thesis (0405-599) registration process

1.  Upon the completion of at least 12 CH with a minimum CGPA of 3, the MSc student shall search for supervisor(s), have the supervisor(s) approved by the departmental MScEM committee (through the MSc Program Coordinator), prepare the MSc Thesis proposal and present it to the discussion committee (through the MSc Program Coordinator) as required by the University bylaws.

2.Once the MSc Thesis proposal is approved by the departmental MScEM committee and the College of Graduate Studies, the MSc student can immediately register the first 3 CH in the MSc Thesis (0405-599).

3.The due date (in every semester) for registering the first 3 CH in the MSc Thesis (0405-599) is:

  •         The last date for withdrawal from that semester which is set every semester by the College of Graduate Studies and published on its website, if the student is not registering for any other course in that semester.
  •        The last week of the semester (before the final exams), if the student is registering for at least one course (other than the thesis) in that semester.

4. In the semester(s) following the approval of the MSc Thesis proposal, the MSc student can register part of/the totality of the remaining CH of the MSc Thesis (0405-599) during the normal registration period published on the University website (Academic calendar) or during the add/drop period as per the University regulations. The number of CH that the student can register depends on his/her status (part time/full time).

5.If the MSc student registered all the 15 CH of the MSc Thesis (0405-599) and did not defend his/her MSc Thesis, he/she shall register the MSc Thesis (0405-599) with zero CH until a grade of pass is obtained (i.e., the defense is completed successfully).

Option 2: MScEM with Courses and Thesis

The study plan for the MSCEM with Thesis and Courses is outlined in Table 5. Elective Courses

are selected based on the following criteria:

1. At least one course should be taken from MScEM Elective Courses (Table 4)

2. Subject to academic advisor and program coordinator's approval, only one course may be

taken from graduate (master or doctorate) level courses offered within the College of

Engineering or the College of Business Administration.

 

MSc Thesis (0405-599) registration process

1.Upon the completion of at least 12 CH with a minimum CGPA of 3, the MSc student shall search for supervisor(s), have the supervisor(s) approved by the departmental MScEM committee (through the MSc Program Coordinator), prepare the MSc Thesis proposal and present it to the discussion committee (through the MSc Program Coordinator) as required by the University bylaws.

2. Once the MSc Thesis proposal is approved by the departmental MScEM committee and the College of Graduate Studies, the MSc student can immediately register the first 3 CH in the MSc Thesis (0405-599).

3. The due date (in every semester) for registering the first 3 CH in the MSc Thesis (0405-599) is:

  •  The last date for withdrawal from that semester which is set every semester by the College of Graduate Studies and published on its website, if the student is not registering for any other course in that semester.
  •  The last week of the semester (before the final exams), if the student is registering for at least one course (other than the thesis) in that semester.

4. In the semester(s) following the approval of the MSc Thesis proposal, the MSc student can register part of/the totality of the remaining CH of the MSc Thesis (0405-599) during the normal registration period published on the University website (Academic calendar) or during the add/drop period as per the University regulations. The number of CH that the student can register depends on his/her status (part time/full time).

5. If the MSc student registered all the 15 CH of the MSc Thesis (0405-599) and did not defend his/her MSc Thesis, he/she shall register the MSc Thesis (0405-599) with zero CH until a grade of pass is obtained (i.e., the defense is completed successfully).

Table 5: Study Plan for MSCEM with Courses and Thesis

YearCourses/ThesisCredits

Total

credits

 

1

0405-511 Operations Management3

 

18

0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis3
0405-560 Management for Engineers3
0405-561 Engineering Project Management3
Elective Course 13
Elective Course 23
20405-591 Seminar015
0405-599 MSc Thesis15
Total Credits33


A grade of Pass or Fail can be given upon the defense of the Thesis. The grade of the MSc Thesis

will not be included in the calculation of the student CGPA. The examination jury will follow the

procedure specified in the MSc Thesis registration and defense sections of the MSc Executive

Regulations available on the College of Graduate Studies website.

University of Sharjah Graduate Studies Bylaws and Master Executive Regulations

For more detailed information regarding the general admission requirements for the Master's

programs at University of Sharjah, as well as the graduation requirements, academic load,

maximum and minimum duration of the Master's studies, conditional admission, academic

probation, examination and grades system, as well as registration of thesis (for the MScEM

program with Courses and Thesis option), you can consult the University of Sharjah Graduate

Studies Bylaws and Master's Executive Regulations available in PDF format on the following link

(College of Graduate Studies website):

https://www.sharjah.ac.ae/en/academics/colleges/gsr/depts/gradStudies/bylaws/Pages/default.aspx


Course Description

0405-501  Legal Issues (3:3)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the effects of important legal principles on decisions the engineering manager makes, with a focus on the intersection of these legal principles with business ethics and international trends. The student will learn legal concepts and processes consistent with ethical norms, and how to analyze business risks to arrive at a range of correct decisions concerning projects, contracts and operations. International and national environmental laws will be covered. Case studies ​ ​
 

0405-511 Operations Management (3:3)
In operations management several processes and activities are integrated to make a product or a service available to the customer in the most effective and efficient way. This course presents issues related to the competitiveness of companies and gives a set of quantitative and qualitative tools to tackle these issues. Topics of the course include Process design, layout design, facilities design, quality, capacities management, distribution systems, production systems, inventory management, lean operations and JIT, enterprise resource planning. ​ ​
 

0405-512  Applied Engineering Optimization (3:3)
This course introduces the concepts of optimization by presenting different classes of problems. Topics include classical optimization theory and other optimization models and techniques such as linear programming, integer programming, dynamic programming, nonlinear programming, and modern heuristics and metaheuristics. Applications of these techniques in different engineering disciplines are also presented. ​ ​
 

0405-522  Engineering Statistical Analysis (3:3)
Applied statistical methods for analyzing engineering and management systems including inferential statistics; nonparametric statistics; regression and correlation analysis; analysis of variance; time series analysis and forecasting models. The course is application oriented and examples drawn from industrial applications will be used. Student will use statistics packages such as MINITAB or SPSS. ​ ​
 

0405-532 Engineering Asset Management (3:3)
Asset reliability, safety and performance with financial and managerial constraints; economical and financial decision making for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets; managing assets throughout the lifecycle, starting with the identification of the need for a physical asset through defining the requirements, the acquisition and system implementation processes, in-service operation and maintenance management, and asset decommissioning and disposal; asset replacement, rehabilitation or upgrading; emerging technologies in asset management. ​ ​
 

0405-541  Safety Engineering Management (3:3)
Introduction to safety management systems and regulations; types of occupational hazards; risk management strategies; Workplace and process safety assessment tools; heat stress; management of hazardous substances, industrial pollutants and hazardous waste; emergency and evacuation plans; occupational diseases; fire safety; environmental safety; safety culture. ​ ​
 

0405-552 Information Technology in Construction Management  (3:3)
The first part of the course presents tools that help in modeling the processes of construction companies in order to streamline these processes or to help them build efficient information systems. This part also includes an introduction to Decision Support Systems. The second part of the course includes IT tools that facilitate the design and implementation of construction projects. These include: CAD and visualization, Computer aided cost estimation, planning and scheduling, and facilities management. ​ ​
 

0405-560
Management for Engineers (3:3)
Topics include the four management functions (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling); leadership; strategic planning; communication; employee selection and development; team work; employee motivation and evaluation; diversity; performance measurement; globalization; ethics; negotiation and conflict resolution; and managerial challenges. ​ ​
 

0405-561
 Engineering Project Management (3:3)
Topics include introduction to the main principles and practices of project management. It covers projects in contemporary organizations; project initiation, organizational structures, the project manager; project planning, risk management, cost estimation, scheduling, resource allocation; monitoring and controlling projects; project contracts; ethical issues; project termination; practice using project management software packages. The course will be taught using the generally accepted Project Management Institution (PMI) standards.
​ ​
 

0405-562 Economic Analysis of Engineering Systems   (3:3)
Course topics include financial planning, including cash-flow analysis models; engineering economic analysis, including discounted cash flows and taxation effects; application of optimization techniques, as in equipment replacement or capacity expansion models ​ ​
 

0405-563  Quality Engineering (3:3)
Introduction to quality control and improvement, concepts of variation, TQM tools such as Pareto charts, Cause and effect diagrams, Control charts for variables and attributes, multivariate control charts, Process and gauge capability analysis, Sampling plans, quality optimization using Taguchi method and quality loss function are covered. Prerequisite: 0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis. ​ ​
 

0405-564  Lean Six-sigma Systems (3:3)
Concepts and principles of lean and six-sigma systems are introduced. Value stream mapping and waste elimination tools are discussed. Rapid product development strategy is stressed via the VOC and QFD. The main process improvement tools will be applied through DMAIC and DFSS. Prerequisite: 0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis. ​ ​
 

0405-566 Accounting and Finance for Engineers (3:3)
Introduction to financial accounting and financial management of organizations; Financial statements, financial ratios, and how to interpret them; sources of finance, cash flows, time value of money, long and short term financial decisions, and use accounting information for decision making and financial control ​ ​
 

0405-567  Supply Chain Management (3:3)
The supply chain of any service or manufacturing firm involves processes that include the design, manufacturing, storage and delivery of products or services to the customers. The supply chain also involves processes from suppliers and customers of the firm. Topics of Supply Chain Management provide the right tools to gain synergy and efficiency in the management of the previous processes. This course adopts a modeling approach to supply chains that is designed to study trade-offs between system costs and customer service level. Topics covered include supply chain design, multi-location inventory-distribution models, delayed differentiation, supply chain integration. E-commerce and the role of information technology in supporting supply chain operations. ​ ​
 

0405-572  Project Planning and Control  (3:3)
The emphasis of this course is on planning and control of construction projects. Methods of delivering construction projects. Contractual relationships and organizational structures. Phases of project development. Estimating resource requirements; costs and durations. Bidding strategies. Network analysis using CPM and PERT, time-cost trade-off, resource allocation. Cash flow analysis. Earned-value concept for integrated time and cost control. Quality control. Value engineering. A case study and project. Prerequisite:  0405-561 Engineering Project Management ​ ​
 

0405-573  Project Cost Estimation (3:3)
Techniques and procedures used for estimating cost of construction projects. Topics include: cost estimation process; elements of project cost; conceptual and cost estimation techniques; types of construction cost estimates, construction pricing and contracting; controlling and monitoring of project costs; computer-aided estimating; Case studies. ​ ​
 

0405-575 Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Management Systems (3:3)
General concept of infrastructure management system; statistical methods for data collection and performance modeling, integrated treatment of analytical methods for the management of infrastructure systems over their life; Financing and risk management, management control systems. The focus is on modeling and optimization methods and their application to inspection, performance prediction and maintenance decision making for the management of transportation infrastructure systems. ​ ​
 

0405-576 Construction Equipment Management (3:3)
Topics include various classes of equipment, (cranes, excavators, loaders, tractors, etc.) used in construction; methods are developed for selecting, acquiring, maintaining and replacing equipment; treatment of simulation and its use for the optimal selection of equipment spreads; a project. ​ ​
 

0405-581    Special Topics in Engineering  Management  (3:3)
This course includes contemporary topics in engineering management. ​ ​
 

0405-582    Special Topics in Construction Management     (3:3)
This course includes contemporary topics in construction management. ​ ​
 

0405-591 M.Sc. Seminar (1:0)
Students are required to attend seminars given by faculty members, visitors, and graduate students. Students must submit reports of the seminars they attended. Each students is also required to present one seminar on a research topic. ​ ​
 

0405-595 M.Sc. Project  
Students have to carry out an independent project work that involves formulating and solving an engineering problem under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The project has to be carried out over two semesters, typically during the final two semesters. Students are required to submit a written report and make an oral presentation of the project.   Prerequisite: Completion of at least 18 credits including 0405-591 Seminar ​ ​
 

0405-599     M.Sc. Thesis (0:15)
Students have to conduct research, prepare a written thesis, and defend it at a final oral examination before a committee. The thesis should exhibit a competence in the research process by applying an existing body of knowledge in the critical analysis of a new question or of a specific problem or issue in a new setting. Students are expected to submit for publication at least one refereed article before passing the defense. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 12 credits including 0405-591 Seminar. ​ ​