June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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A Distance Education Graduate Course in Engineering Economics: Results and Lessons Learned
This paper examines a core course in the Master of Science Technology Systems (MS TS) and Master of Science Occupational Safety (MS OS) programs at East Carolina University and examines lessons learned in critical areas. The course, Capital Project and Cost Analysis for Technology, covers the essentials of engineering economics focused to meet the needs of working technology managers. The paper reviews distance graduate student opinion on learning objectives and course content. It also examines the use of various distance education methodologies employed to deliver this course to online students.
Engineering economics is an essential tool for undergraduate engineering and technology students, but is even more essential for graduate students in professional master’s programs. East Carolina University (ECU) offers distance education (DE) graduate masters program (MS in Technology Systems and MS in Occupational Safety) for technology-based managers. The students in the program encompass backgrounds ranging from engineering and business, to networking and bio manufacturing. From a curricular content and focus perspective, these programs are positioned between the MBA and the master’s in engineering management as shown in Exhibit 1. For example, a primary program goal of the MS in Technology Systems (MS TS) is the professional development of individuals in technology leadership positions. This may include individuals with undergraduate engineering degrees, but more often covers a range of technology and business undergraduate areas.
Exhibit 1: Content Comparison of Master’s Programs Increasing Traditional Business Content
Master of Engineering Master of Technology Master of Business Management Systems Administration
Increasing Mathematical Analysis and Technology Content
A core course in this MS TS and MS OS programs covers the essentials of engineering economics focused to meet the needs of working technology managers. This paper examines
Pagliari, L., & Dixon, G., & Kauffmann, P., & Mehta, M. (2006, June), A Distance Education Graduate Course In Engineering Economics: Results And Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--766
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