ETLS 600-699 General Systems Courses:
Course Descriptions

ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management

Focusing on the applications of project management, students gain insight and understanding of the day-to-day activities of project management (including cost analysis and scheduling techniques) and exposure to software options. A significant portion of the course focuses on conflict resolution, time management, leadership, and other personnel-related topics with the goal that engineers might effectively carry out the requirements of their companies without paying a penalty in lost good will or personnel.

ETLS 602 Management Science

On one-level, management science is a set of tools based on mathematical models of business actions such as allocating resources, planning production, scheduling work, and managing inventory. On another level, it is computer software that implements these models and converts business data into useful solutions. At a higher level, management science is a philosophy of observation and analysis of business systems with the goal of minimizing costs and maximizing resource utilization and profit. This course looks at all three levels with emphasis on generating computer solutions and interpreting and implementing the results.

Prerequisites: ETLS 504 Excellence in Operations (MMSE 510) and ETLS 506 Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality (MMSE 615)

ETLS 603 Design to Production Transition

Many functions are necessary to bring a product from the concept phase to full scale mass production. This course provides an overview of the sequence of steps required, and addresses the many milestones and interactions that engineers deal with in leading a successful product scale-up. The course focuses on leadership and covers product design for manufacture, an introduction to various engineering and manufacturing processes and an overview of managing a program of product scale-up. Developing a comprehensive plan, estimating factory cost for up-front business evaluation, and sell the proposal is included. Dealing with functions such as management, cost accounting, patent attorneys, equipment designers, manufacturing plants, vendors and related support groups is addressed.

Prerequisite: ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes

ETLS 620 Analog Communication Systems

Introduction to Fourier analysis of noise and signals, analog modulation techniques including amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, and phase modulation, pulse code modulation, behavior of analog communication systems in the presence of noise, information theory, and source coding.

Prerequisite: ENGR 340 or approval from instructor

ETLS 621 Digital Communications Systems

This course covers sampling principle, spectral analysis of digital waveforms and noise, pulse and digital transmission systems, digital multiplexing, error probabilities, and system performance.

Prerequisite: ETLS 620 Analog Communication Systems

ETLS 630 Sensors for IoT and Autonomy

The “Things” that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) include integrated sensors that measure their environment. This course will study the electronics, physics, and performance characteristics of these sensors. We will study sensors that measure acceleration, relative humidity, temperature, magnetic fields, ambient light, pressure, and gas composition. Autonomous machines, including driverless cars and factory robots, also rely upon sensing. In the second half of this course, we will investigate the characteristics, design, and operation of the critical sensing systems of these devices, including 2D cameras, cameras for depth sensing, LIDAR, and radar. We will apply our understanding of the sensors studied, to applications that include smart homes, autonomous vehicles, and wearables for health monitoring.

Prerequisite: none

ETLS 631 Wireless Sensor Networks

This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of sensor network communications. Applications, architectures, and communication protocols for wireless sensor networks are treated in depth. The course will include a broad coverage of challenges and latest research results related to the design and management of wireless sensor networks. Covered topics include network architectures, node discovery and localization, deployment strategies, node coverage, routing protocols, medium access protocols, and energy efficiency. Students will also learn real world applications of sensor networks such as mobile health care, wearable sensing, and smart homes.

Prerequisite: none

ETLS 640 Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a seminar course designed for combining Six Sigma Quality and Lean speed. Guest speakers will be utilized to develop knowledge of the inter-relationship of these two concepts and how to develop plans for product and process improvements in development, production operations as well as in service activities. Each student will create specific plans for their organizations using these concepts.


ETLS 652 Technology Forecasting and Risk Management

The course will develop approaches to analyzing the technological environment and attendant risk exposure and anticipating future changes through lecture, discussion, group assignments, readings, books, and individual projects will reinforce key course concepts. Each student will choose a specific topic for study such as a technology or set of related technologies, an industry or market, or an economic/political region or country and will develop materials that can be applied in anticipating future technological and social change in the topic area. These student topics will form part of class discussions. Students should be prepared to discuss their progress as it relates to topics being developed in class.

Prerequisite: None

ETLS 660: Engineering Leadership

Three observations inform this course:  Engineers at every level of an organization can exhibit leadership, amplifying their contribution and effectiveness.  And many engineers who are asked to assume leadership roles do so without the benefit of leadership education or a ‘roadmap’ for their role.  Yet, the core capabilities, competencies, principles, and practices of highly effective leaders are relatively consistent and can be developed. 

This course is designed to develop engineering students’ leadership capabilities by building their own ‘roadmap’ for their leadership, increasing clarity about one’s self as a leader, strengthening their awareness for interpersonal and leadership effectiveness within organizations, and sharpening their capability for managing their leadership development throughout their career and life.  It is designed to address the basic questions of what makes for a highly effective leader: "who am I as a leader?", "how do I exhibit my leadership?", and "how do I develop my leadership?" 

This course is conducted in a seminar format, with emphasis on assimilation and application of conceptual models from multiple readings and of personal assessments through small and large group discussion, exercises and case scenarios, personal feedback, writing assignments and presentations. 

ETLS 670 Masterful Leaders and Leadership

This course challenges the learner to make a fundamental decision to refocus their minds in a leadership way of thinking which is about personal maturity and its impact on the bottom line. The focus is on emotional intelligence, culture, and leadership greatness.

ETLS 671 Human Aspects of Technical Management

Managers use written, oral and non-verbal communication to accomplish many purposes. This course teaches the student techniques and practice skills for targeting your audience, coaching and supporting employees, interviewing, salesmanship, performance management, personnel selection and employee development, conflict management, running meetings, problem solving and decision making, teamwork, networking and customer and vendor relationships.

ETLS 672 Excellence in Product Design

This course focuses on key elements which comprise "excellence in design." An overview of the psychology and philosophy of design are presented. Constituent criteria for design excellence are explored in depth. Guest lecturers with experience in industrial design and design psychology will present to and engage with the class. Each student will, through class discussion, reading, tours, presentations, personal research and book reviews, rigorously approach what "design excellence" and the psychology of design means for him/herself. The course is presented in a format designed to stimulate a high level of interaction and discussion.

ETLS 674 Managing for Improved Performance

This course covers both the strategic and tactical aspects of improved profitability by analyzing historical cases and real-world examples of both industrial success and failure. Successful and unsuccessful strategies and tactics are then contrasted to provide useful insights in strategic and tactical performance management. Measurements are examined to demonstrate how measures related to strategies and critical success factors can be used to improve performance. Techniques such as activity-based management, lean operations, re-engineering, function and process analysis, just-in-time, constraint theory, team management, six-sigma, TQM, flexible manufacturing and capacity planning are studied for applications to performance improvement and cost management situations. Subject or topic matter experts are used as guest lecturers to point out lessons to be learned in the practical implementation of performance improvement initiatives. Class members are expected to prepare a methodology and plan of implementation for at least one performance improvement initiative.

Prerequisite: ETLS 505 Managerial Accounting and Performance Management

ETLS 675 Digital Signal Processing I

This course discusses topics on the fundamentals of continuous and discrete-time signals, sampling, time-frequency analysis, filters, Machine Learning and Neural Network. Applications include speech, audio, image, video and biomedical signal processing, signal compression, and multi-dimensional sensor data analysis. Prior experience with MATLAB/Python is highly recommended.

ETLS 676 Real Time DSP

This class focuses on the design, development, and implementation of Digital Signal Processing algorithms on real-time hardware systems. Students will develop DSP systems using C programming language on the ARM Cortex M processors. Prior knowledge of DSP is helpful but not required.

Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of programming using a higher level programming (preferred C) language is required. 

ETLS 677 Sustainable Development Strategies

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the many environmental and social equity issues and solutions faced by business. They will be given the tools such as, life cycle management, eco-efficiency, and design for environment, etc., to propose solutions related to sustainable development for these issues. Students will learn about environmental controls, regulations, waste management issues, etc. and how they can be addressed. Through required outside reading, they will see both an industrial and environmental perspective of sustainable development. This course will contain technical information and calculations necessary for industry to evaluate energy alternatives, product impacts, design alternatives, and environmental control options as well as financial impact.

ETLS 678 Wearable Systems, Data and IoT

Introduction to wearable sensor systems, applications, data analysis and IoT. Through this course, you will learn how to develop wearable platform for various different applications. Applications include, but not limited to, personal health monitoring, fitness, communication and assistive systems. Information collected from the wearable systems can be analyzed and expanded to an Internet of Things (IoT) applications to better implement health and wellness management systems. Through the course, we will also extend wearable applications and IoT technology to discuss smart homes and smart cities. Topics include: wearable sensors and systems, wearables applications, networking and communication, and data analysis via mobile (cloud) computing. 

Prerequisite: None

ETLS 679 Embedded and Cyber Physical Systems

Design and development of embedded and cyber physical systems (CPS). System Architecture. Design Constraints. Internet of Things (IoT); Sensors; Wireless Communication: Bluetooth, Wi-fi, and ZigBee. Data Analysis techniques; Real-time Operating System (RTOS); Security and design challenges. Software development for embedded systems; Hardware and software design of a complete IoT network; CPS applications; Power considerations. 

Prerequisite: None

ETLS 680 – Technology and Operations Mgmt

Technology is driving changes to operations strategy and management at an ever-increasing pace and leaders that understand how to leverage new technologies with proven operations management principles will be able to successfully deliver new capabilities.  This course will focus on the role that technology plays in operations strategy and what is required to leverage technology to align and accelerate operations strategies, including the potential impact of emerging technologies on future operations.  The course leverages frameworks for assessing operations performance underlying the business and operations strategy, including views of thought leaders, visiting executives, video, case study and spirited class discussion.

ETLS 682 Safety, Health and Environmental Considerations in Manufacturing

This course focuses on some of the safety, health and environment factors that influence manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on developing a practical working knowledge of these issues. Program development and management as well as the roles of regulatory agencies and the judicial system will be examined.

ETLS 699 Selected Topics

Manufacturing and leadership topics will be presented. (This course may be repeated for credit.)

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