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GISE Courses

The GISE Certificate Program consists of 12 graduate-level credits. Autumn and winter quarters are linked and focus on integrated lectures encompassing systems engineering, project management, finance, and supply chain. In the spring quarter, participants complete an extensive team design project.

Autumn and winter quarters
IND E 595

Schedule: Once a week integrated lectures on Thursday evenings (4:00-8:00 p.m.) cover the following material:

Systems engineering Project management Finance Supply chain
Top-down problem solving Project initiation and selection Time value of money Global logistics & distribution
Decision analysis Project planning and scheduling NPV and IRR Managing inventory/optimal policies
SE methodologies Spreadsheet models and tools Pricing Risk & coordination mechanisms
Systems analysis Risk management Sources of risk Mass customization
Requirements analysis Cash flows and costs Elements of cost Vendor managed inventory
Functional modeling Critical chain Risk-adjusted discount rates Bullwhip effect
Trade studies Monitoring and control Competitive business environment  
    Business profitability and margins  

Spring quarter
IND E 596

The program concludes with a comprehensive team-based design effort involving a large-scale system. This project provides a culminating experience through which students bring together the systems analysis and design, project management, and financial modeling skills they have learned in the fall and winter quarters and apply them to a real-world problem using real data and presenting their results to an evaluation panel comprised of practitioners, academics, and client representatives. The teams will give a final presentation at the end of the quarter. In between, the teams will set their own schedules, but will come together, in person or virtually, every other class period for project reviews.