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This directory provides a comprehensive listing of all of the courses offered by Tufts Gordon Institute. The directory is broken down into sections based on the level of the course and the student group that is eligible to enroll. To jump immediately to a particular section, click on the appropriate link below.

Tufts University Undergraduate Students

The following courses are open to only undergraduate students enrolled at Tufts University.

EM 51: Engineering Management (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course will cover:

  • Organization of companies and engineering groups.
  • Financial fluency, including time value of money, return on investment, income, and cash flow statements, and balance sheets.  
  • Management of people and organizations.
  • Project and program management techniques and tools.
  • Management of research, development, and design.
  • Operations management, including manufacturing operations and supply chains.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Note: This course is required for the Engineering Management minor.

EM 52: Technical & Managerial Communication (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course will cover:

  • Written and oral communications in the business setting.
  • Written communications including technical reports and papers, memoranda, and electronic communications.
  • Design and delivery of effective presentations.  
  • Informal communication styles and techniques.
  • Communication across cultures.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Note: This course is required for the Engineering Management minor.

EM 54: Engineering Leadership (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course will cover:

  • Development of knowledge, skills, and mindset essential for leading programs and teams in a business organization.  
  • Creating high-performance teams and shared visions
  • Cultural differences in leadership style 
  • Ethical considerations
  • Fostering creativity and communicating to inspire
  • Influencing without authority
  • Managing conflict and organizational change 
  • Understanding personalities of self & others and emotional intelligence

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Note: This course is required for the Engineering Management minor.

ENT 194.02: Special Topics: Creativity/Innovation/Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Focusing on tools and techniques to promote creativity and innovation, you will develop capabilities that can be applied to everyday problem solving, launching new ventures, and working in businesses and non-profit organizations. We will engage in rapid ideation workshops where you will repeatedly challenge your brain to come up with novel solutions and innovations. You will be exposed to a variety of tools to help stimulate brainstorming and creativity. During the semester, we will study different types of innovation and use “design thinking” to address a series of real-world problems with creative solutions.  

Restrictions on Enrollment: Open to Freshmen only

Tufts University Undergraduate & Graduate Students

The following courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Tufts University.

EM 153: Management of Innovation (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course will cover:

  • Knowledge and skill development for students who aspire to lead and manage innovation initiatives in technology-based companies.
  • Technology strategy and its role in the overall business strategy of commercial firms.
  • Role of innovation in entrepreneurial ventures and established firms.
  • Skills to present new product development proposals to senior management and/or prospective investors.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Note: This course is required for the Engineering Management minor.

ENT 101: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course will cover:

  • Investigating, understanding, and implementing the process of founding a start-up.
  • Elements of searching out new venture opportunities
  • Matching skills with a new venture
  • Competitive strategy
  • Intellectual property
  • Financing and operating a new venture

The focus of the course will be the development and presentation of a business plan created by teams of students with various academic backgrounds.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Note: This course is required for the Entrepreneurship minor.

ENT 103: Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on understanding how to construct the data and find appropriate financing for a startup venture. Various forms of financing are introduced: vendor financing, factoring, etc. Through a medley of tests, case studies, and team exercises, students exercise basic financial skills such as financial statement formulation, NPV analysis, and scenario analysis. The course focuses as much attention on how to reject a bad idea as support a good one.

The course is hands-on with a rigorous workload. This includes numerous problem sets, business cases, and a capstone term project where each student will create a fully vetted financial plan for a new product, service or business start-up. After taking this course, students will understand:

  1. How to analyze the financial statements of a company
  2. How to build pro forma financial statements for new product (or service) initiatives, department budgets within a company, or a simple business
  3. How to quantify and apply essential financial return metrics: net present value, internal rate of return, multiple on investment, payback and break-even analysis to vital business applications
  4. How to apply the core financial principles in evaluating a new product or business idea, and its impact on the financial health and performance of the businesses
  5. How to complete a simple valuation of a business
  6. How to utilize financial management, reporting, and analysis to improve business performance
  7. How to construct a financial business plan

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing. Prerequisite: ENT 101

Note: 

  • This course is required for the Entrepreneurship minor.
  • It's recommended that students complete at least one core ENT class or accounting elective prior to this course.
ENT 105: Entrepreneurial Marketing (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on institutional and product marketing methods used by start-up to medium-sized companies. After an overview of basic marketing principles, the course will cover the spectrum from day-to-day marketing activities of the entrepreneurial business to positioning and strategy. Students will learn to analyze, formulate, and implement marketing strategies, explore concepts for understanding customer behavior and creating an entrepreneurial marketing strategy, and learn the fundamentals of market research, pricing, and reaching and selling to customers.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing. Prerequisite: ENT 101

Note: This course is required for the Entrepreneurship minor.

ENT 107: Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course is designed to help students develop the knowledge, confidence, skills, and self-image necessary to pursue entrepreneurial ventures in such domains as business, government, and public service. It provides a foundation in the fundamentals of entrepreneurial leadership, as well as a source of inspiration and energy in the art and science of taking visions and bringing them to reality.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing. Prerequisite: ENT 101

Note: This course is required for the Entrepreneurship minor.

ENT 109: Societal Aspects of Design: Integration, Innovation, and Impact (3 credits)

When: Not currently offered

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

ENT 141: Innovative Social Enterprises (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Innovative Social Enterprises is structured to provide students a highly interactive exploration of core skills vital to social entrepreneurs.  Whether students aim to found social enterprises, join social enterprises, or possibly fund, regulate, or incubate social enterprises, they will come away with sharpened self-awareness and practices for innovative leadership in the social enterprise sphere.  We start with awareness (self, context, relationships) and move quickly to practicing requisite disciplines (asking questions; testing and reframing assumptions; forming teams and other alliances; identifying opportunities, risks, and resources; giving and critiquing pitches; making go / no-go decisions).  We will practice an iterative rhythm of weekly information gathering, sensing, assessment, and reframing, with emphasis on creating compelling value for multiple stakeholders.  Students will engage in individual reflection and pitching, as well as group discussion and three team pitch-offs. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Notes: Taught in Partnership with Tisch College; Cross-listed as AMER 141, TCS 141

ENT 162: Creative Design Process of Products (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

The Creative Design Process of Products course covers the engineering process of product design from conception to pre-production of a new product. The course teaches the creative design process through lectures and the creation, engineering, and prototype of a novel product. Students learn to identify and evaluate a problem (opportunity) and sketch, create, develop, test, and select best prototyping strategies for their product. Basic project and risk management, engineering, and analysis skills are used to deliver a robust working product on time and on budget. Fundamental principles and practices are emphasized and explored including design specifications, Occam’s Razor, Abbe Errors (as it relates to design and design theory), professional responsibilities, and ethics. Students are assumed to be competent in basic problem-solving skills.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

ENT 193.01: Entrepreneurial Business Law (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Entrepreneurial Business Law will explore legal issues and considerations that are common to businesses as they are formed and throughout their business life cycle. The course will focus on several aspects relating to formation and financing, employment, and intellectual property issues as well as ethical and governance considerations.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

ENT 194.01: Special Topics: Internship/Research (3 credits)

When: Various Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Restrictions on Enrollment: Registration requires department consent

ENT 194.02: Special Topics: Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This is an introductory entrepreneurship course for Computer Science students. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship, develops an entrepreneurial perspective, and provides a framework for learning the fundamentals of the essential elements of entrepreneurial ventures. This course is specifically directed toward software-related industries and products. Students learn how to develop their technical ideas into potential business opportunities, and to explore their likelihood of becoming viable businesses. They learn how to do market research, to develop go-to-market strategies, value propositions, and to differentiate their products or services from actual or potential competitors. The course consists of a balance of lectures, projects, case studies, and interaction with entrepreneurs and computer scientists who participate in entrepreneurial organizations. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing. This course requires department consent (Computer Science major or minor). and a background in Data Science or Computer Science

Notes: Taught in partnership with Tufts Department of Computer Science; Cross-listed as COMP 150

ENT 194.04: Special Topics: Inside the Classroom (3 credits)

When: Various Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description: Gain leadership and teaching skills by supporting an ENT faculty member in managing a core ENT course. By taking Inside the Classroom, you will assist in grading, coaching peers, organizing course work, attendance tracking, and observing group work.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Registration requires department consent

Note: Receiving an "A" grade in the course you are supporting is a prerequisite. Additionally, permission/invitation by faculty is required. Limit 2 students per ENT class.

ENT 194.05: Special Topics: Philanthropy, Social Enterprise & Community (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Philanthropy plays many roles in our communities, from alleviating crisis situations to encouraging strategic, systemic change. Nonprofit organizations are the intermediaries connecting donors to community needs. Working with a grant from former Tufts Trustee Nathan Gantcher, students have the opportunity to practice philanthropy by serving as a young adult grant-making board to award $25,000 to local nonprofits in the cities of Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

Note: Taught in partnership with Tisch College

ENT 194.06: Special Topics: Talent Management in Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This is a course focused on the most critical success factor in creating not just young startups and emerging companies, but also any business of any size. This course, taught by a highly experienced human resource executive, focuses on the entire chain of talent management from recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new employees to the overall personnel management of the business. This course outlines the strategic planning surrounding building the organizational structure while exploring the tactics of objective setting, hiring and firing decision making, compensation structures and reviews, and employee development. This course is open to undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset to both startups and corporate jobs early in their careers.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

ENT 194.09: Special Topics: Strategic Management in the 21st Century (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

The course is designed for those students who aspire to directly or indirectly influence the strategic decisions of an organization through analytics-driven insights and imaginative reasoning. On the basis of a deep understanding of the emerging geo-economic, geopolitical, technological, and demographic trends, the course will examine how through intelligent use of a full range of analytical techniques including game & options theories, businesses must innovate and implement strategies in the context of a globalized economy.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have at least Sophomore standing

ENT 199: Entrepreneurial Field Study (3 credits)

When: Various Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course enables students to apply the learning and skills acquired by other courses on Entrepreneurship. Students have the option of starting a new business based on an actual business plan or consulting in an actual start-up operation. Students that select the new business option will be expected to submit a project scope paper that would outline the elements of launching that could be accomplished within the term limits.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Registration requires department consent. Prerequisite: ENT 101

Tufts University Graduate Students & University College

The following courses are open to both graduate students enrolled at Tufts University choosing electives, but also students who sign up for individual courses via University College.

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EM 201: Essentials of Technology Strategy (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course explores elements of technology strategy including portfolio management, development of product and technology roadmaps, new product development, phase gate processes, and the management of product life cycles. The focus is on disruptive, incremental, sustaining, and breakthrough innovations across multiple sectors.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 202: Leadership: Personal and Team Development (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course is the first on a student’s journey to leading effective teams and organizations. It is aimed at helping students develop themselves as individual leaders by focusing on personal growth and leadership styles.  The course will utilize assessments and other tools to explore leadership styles and techniques for leading with and without authority in a variety of settings.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 203: Building Financial Intelligence (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course will teach students to develop, analyze, and communicate the financial aspects of a company’s product or service. Students will learn to understand and evaluate the impact of decisions on the financial health and competitiveness of the firm.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 204: Customer Discovery and Solution Design (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course is a human-centered customer discovery course focused on research, analysis, brainstorming, and ideation methods to inform product and business solutions.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 206: Introduction to Data Analytics (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

Students learn to gather, analyze, and interpret data to drive strategic and operational success in technology-based companies. Develop skills to make data-based decisions with uncertain or ambiguous conditions, and develop models for decision-making in a business setting.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 207: Solving Complex Problems Through Systems Thinking (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

Within this course, students will learn to:

  • Examine connected complex systems that impact technology projects while taking into account human, political, community, resource, environmental, and social processes.
  • Leverage insights from structural influences to maximize impact and solve problems in increasingly complex and high-tech environments

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 208: Program and Project Management (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

Students will learn the tools to manage projects and programs (a portfolio of projects) effectively.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 209: Leadership: Driving and Managing Change (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course teaches techniques on approaches to managing uncertainty and dealing with complex and constant change. Students will learn to manage large and diverse groups through changing internal and external force using conflict management and negotiation tools.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: While this course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum, it's currently also available for outside students via University College.

EM 211: Lean Six Sigma (3 credits)

When: Summer, Fall, and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course provides principles and methods for process improvement by eliminating non-value added work and by reducing output variability. Tools include the define-measure-analyze-improve-control problem-solving methodology, statistical process control, statistically designed experiments and risk identification and mitigation strategies.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 212: Applied Data Science (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course provides foundational skills for data science practice in business.

Topics include:

  • Using data and systematic methods to generate business value.
  • Shaping data practices within organizations.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 231: Project Management and Software Methodologies (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to plan and execute engineering projects. Topics include creating work break down structures, schedules, critical path determination, and risk assessment and mitigation. Methodologies also include iterative techniques (agile and scrum) often used in software development. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 252: Business Communications (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This courses focuses on written and oral communications in the business setting. Topics include making conscious communications decisions, principles of effective written and oral communication, and different workplace audiences. Design and delivery of effective presentations. Consideration is given to the practical, philosophical, and ethical context of communication in the modern globalized business world. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 261: Leadership for Technical Professionals (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness and skills necessary for leadership, involving 360-degree assessment tools and extensive experiential learning. Topics include: oral communication, systems thinking, high-performance teams, fostering creativity, team decision making, leading change, influence without authority.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 262: Conflict Resolution (2 credits)

When: Not currently offered

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course introduces conceptual frameworks, tools, and skills to effectively manage conflict and negotiate win/win solutions in the workplace.  The course will involve lectures, cases, and role-plays to simulate real on-the-job conflicts. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 293: Special Topics: Modern Product Management (2 credits)

When: Summer, Fall, and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

With the rapid changes in technology, business models, and market conditions, the role and processes of product management are constantly shifting.  This course provides classes that cover some of the most pressing topics in the product process. Some areas that will be covered include Pricing, Go-to-Market acceleration, Building an Ecosystem, and Product Lifecycle management.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 293: Special Topics: Advanced Topics in Product Management (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course builds on the concepts discussed in EM 293: Modern Product Management.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 293: Special Topics: Advanced Topics in Data Analytics (2 credits)

When: Summer, Fall, and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course builds on topics learned in EM 206 (Introduction to Data Analytics), including more complex data modeling techniques and tools. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 293: Special Topics: Marketing: Branding and Strategy (2 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course reviews what makes brands successful and provides a deep dive into proven “Brand Building Frameworks” used by several Fortune 50 corporations.  It reinforces the learning through applying the framework to real brands.  Students will learn how to develop key elements needed to write strong brand positioning statements and pragmatic skills to market products and/or services in corporate environments.   The course will also discuss marketing experiences and competencies identified to pursue a successful marketing career in established corporations.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 293: Special Topics: Operations Management (2 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 294: Special Topics: Managing Technology-Based Organizations in the 21st Century (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

EM 294: Special Topics: Commercializing Research (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Graduate Students: MS in Innovation and Management

The following courses are open to only graduate students pursuing their MS in Innovation & Management through Tufts Gordon Institute.

EM 212: Applied Data Science (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course provides foundational skills for data science practice in business.

Topics include:

  • Using data and systematic methods to generate business value.
  • Shaping data practices within organizations.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 221: New Product Innovation (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on the treatment of both business and technical aspects of new product development.

Topics include voice of the customer, concept generation and evaluation, marketing, supply chain, intellectual property, and usability. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 242: Marketing: Branding and Digital Communications (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on institutional and product marketing methods used by businesses launching new ventures. Overview of basic marketing principles, from day-to-day marketing activities to positioning and strategy. Analysis, formulation, and implementation of marketing strategies; concepts for understanding customer behavior and creating marketing strategy; fundamentals of market research, pricing, and reaching and selling to customers. Generating and delivering written and oral communications with clarity and precision, for different stakeholders and audiences. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 253: Innovation and Technology Strategy (3 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course provides knowledge and skills to lead and manage innovation initiatives in technology-based companies. Topics include understanding technology strategy and its role in the overall business strategy of commercial firms, the role of innovation in entrepreneurial ventures as well as in established firms, and developing skills to present new product development proposals to senior management and/or prospective investors.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 255: Financial Management in Technology Firms (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on concepts in accounting and finance via review and discussion of business cases. Course project to create a financial plan for a new product or service.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 263: Leading for Impact (3 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness and skills necessary for leadership, involving 360-degree assessment tools and extensive experiential learning. Topics include: oral communication, systems thinking, high-performance teams, fostering creativity, team decision making, leading change, influence without authority. Conceptual frameworks, tools, and skills to effectively manage conflict and negotiate win/win solutions in the workplace. The course is taught through cases and role-plays to simulate real on the job conflicts.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 281: Capstone Innovation and Leadership Project (3 credits)

When: Summer Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This is an engineering project that demonstrates business acumen and leadership skills. Projects are taken from the employer for which student interns or works full-time. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 292: MSIM Graduate Seminar (0 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 0 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This seminar discusses contemporary innovation issues and topics via presentations, workshops, and discussion. The course includes pre-reading, post-seminar writing, or other project assignments. See the MSIM Curriculum page for specific details.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

EM 294: Special Topics: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (2 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course introduces the conceptual frameworks, tools, and skills required to effectively manage conflict and negotiate win/win solutions in the workplace.  The course is structured in a compelling learning-in-action format with role-playing and simulated scenarios, which provides students with the opportunity to develop a persuasive negotiating style rooted in their own personalities and their roles in the technology world.  

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the MSIM Core Curriculum.

Graduate Students: On-Campus MS in Engineering Management

The following courses are open to only graduate students pursuing their MS in Engineering Management on-campus at Tufts Gordon Institute.

EM 210A: Process Capability and Big Data Overview (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This module introduces the “quality initiatives” (Six Sigma, TQM, Lean), and the probability and statistics fundamentals for these strategies. Students explore data types (nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio), and their relationship to distribution types (normal [Gaussian], binomial, Poisson). Techniques for estimating population statistics from sampled data, and for performing tests of hypotheses to compare samples and populations are practiced. Statistical tools and strategies are mapped to big data topics.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is open to On-Campus MSEM students who choose to complete the pre-determined collection of Engineering Management electives. 

EM 210B: Design of Experiments and Predictive Models (2 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students gain expertise with Design of Experiments, a method for characterizing a process or system as a transfer function of its input variables, using the transfer function to obtain optimal, real-world settings for the input variables. Other approaches to transfer functions are explored, including big data approaches, regression analysis, and logistic regression. Statistical process control methods for analyzing and maintaining the behavior of systems and processes over time are explored.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is open to On-Campus MSEM students who choose to complete the pre-determined collection of Engineering Management electives. 

EM 210C: Data Science & Big Data: Some Selected Topics (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course presents statistical approaches to systems thinking and system design engineering. Methods for measuring, analyzing, predicting, and improving product reliability are explored. Statistical tolerancing of system components is introduced, together with techniques for aggregating and measuring system-level quality and probability-of-failure. Big data approaches to systems optimization are discussed, including Dependent Variable Analysis and Machine Learning.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 220A: New Product Development (2 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students learn what questions to ask and actions to take at various phases of new product evolution. Emphasis is placed on customer input and cross-functional team roles and responsibilities. Elements of marketing are presented including: market research tools, product positioning, branding, and marketing communications. The central focus of this course is the development of a new product concept by cross-functional student teams that integrates learning from other modules. The student teams formally present their concepts at the end of the semester and develop effective techniques to present to senior management and/or prospective investors. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 220B: Experience Design (1 credit)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This module explores the core principles of experience design and shows how these principles can be applied to the creation of compelling products, services, brands, and environments. Topics covered include: the role of brand in experience design; approaches to customer understanding; the development of customer personas and journey maps; envisioning systems; experiential modeling; and designing for products and services. At the final session student teams present class projects and consider the role of experience design in business strategy.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 220C: Sustainability (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

The Sustainability module introduces lifecycle thinking to product design, as well as the business case for sustainability. Students learn about sustainable product development, cradle-to-cradle lifecycle concepts, life-cycle assessments, nature-inspired design, and systems thinking. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop sustainability initiatives for their own workplace and learn how to drive sustainable thinking into product development and the corporation. This course is only open to students in the MS Engineering Management Program.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is open to On-Campus MSEM students who choose to complete the pre-determined collection of Engineering Management electives. 

EM 220D: Systematic Innovations (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This module introduces students to the general principles of TRIZ-based systematic innovation. A collection of tools is applied algorithmically to identify the right problem, solve the problem efficiently, and ensure the solutions align with the business strategy. Students develop skills that can be applied to improve functionality within existing products, develop new generation products, or reduce cost. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 230A: Project Management and Software Methodologies (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students learn the fundamentals and modern heuristics for project management, with a focus on product development/engineering projects. The Project Management Body of Knowledge from the Project Management Institute (PMI) is explored in depth. Additional special topics include: quantitative project management; iterative and agile project lifecycles; software development lifecycles; and project defect models.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 230B: Financial and Managerial Accounting (2 credits)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students learn how to analyze and create financial statements including the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. We explore managerial tools for optimizing financial decisions including the economic feasibility of projects and products. In conjunction with the course project in the New Product Development course, student teams are required to develop a complete financial plan including a full set of pro forma financial statements and an analysis of return on investment. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 230C: Supply Chain Management (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

The module focuses on the strategic impact of supply chain excellence, using case studies and simulations from high tech, retail, and large scale manufacturing to convey best practices and decision factors in supply chain management. Success in building a world-class supply chain requires functional integration both within the firm and across the network of companies, and practical application of this concept is a recurring theme in course discussion, reading, and assignments. Topics explored include: strategic supplier management, global supply chains, outsourcing decisions, inventory management, and replenishment methodologies.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is open to On-Campus MSEM students who choose to complete the pre-determined collection of Engineering Management electives. 

EM 230D: Operations Management (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students are introduced to problems and analysis related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. Topics include: how to map and analyze process flows, determine process capacities and bottlenecks, and design and coordinate operations within an organization. Through cases and an online simulation, students practice diagnosing and implementing process improvements.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is open to On-Campus MSEM students who choose to complete the pre-determined collection of Engineering Management electives. 

EM 240A: Business Strategy (2 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Business Strategy provides the background and insights required to develop a differentiating business strategy for an organization. The lectures and readings cover business fundamentals, the strategic planning process, competitive strategies, core competencies, strategic alliances, acquisitions and mergers, and franchising. Working in teams, the students develop a complete business strategy for a high-tech company.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 240B: Technology Strategy (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course provides insight into many factors that drive innovation and the successful commercialization of new technologies in established and new businesses. The module includes best practices in new product portfolio management, technology road mapping, and discussion of incremental, radical, and disruptive innovation. Reading assignments include "The Innovator's DNA" by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen, selected chapters from "Seeing What's Next" by Clayton M. Christensen, Geoffrey Moore's "Crossing the Chasm," as well as several case histories. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 240C: Fundamentals of Economics (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This course offers an overview of both macro and microeconomics and provides students with the background required for the Globalization and Multinational Strategies module. Students learn to (i) analyze current global economic issues that are related to trade balance, government budgets, unemployment, competitiveness of innovation and manufacturing processes, (ii) assess how fiscal and monetary discipline impact economic growth and social & political stability (iii) examine how different economic philosophies shape individual and collective behaviors (iv) analyze market behaviors and (v) develop an understanding of the basics of game theory. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 240D: Globalization and Multinational Strategy (2 credits)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 2 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students develop a full understanding of the forces behind globalization and the evolution of multinational companies from different regions of the world. The module examines the strategic, organizational, and operational implications of working and leading in the global environment both in a large multinational organization and in a start-up and discusses how different globalization models work across various industries. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 250A: Personal Leadership (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

The ability to lead starts with the process of self-discovery. In order to succeed externally, leaders need to develop an ability to understand their own internal environments  - their energy, motivation, priorities, core values, etc. They need to develop their self-management skills and cultivate their self-confidence. Learning in this context does not mean simply acquiring new information, but elevating self-awareness, discovering one’s authentic self and taking responsibility for her/his development as a leader. This module helps students develop a better understanding of their internal environment and to learn (and implement) techniques for improving their personal effectiveness. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 250B: Ethics of Leadership (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students learn what constitutes a situation with moral or ethical stakes, how such situations develop, and how leaders think through these challenges. Topics discussed include: different types of moral challenges, moral leadership, moral identity and professionalism, as well as moral reasoning, and moral action. This module gives students the intellectual tools and depth of understanding to assess moral issues as they arise in their personal and professional life. Students apply these concepts and insights into their own growth as engineering leaders. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 250C: Practice of Ethical Leadership (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

Students are encouraged to look outward and expand their understanding of leadership, the world, and their place in it as future engineering leaders. Students are challenged to formulate their own leadership message, translate it into action and demonstrate it in the real world. Topics discussed include: giving voice to values, taking a stand, exercising authority, and emergent leadership.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 260A: Building Teams and Leading Teams (1 credit)

When: Fall Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

In this two-module sequence (260A and 260B), students learn the basic concepts of leadership, management, and teamwork. The uniqueness of this course is within the teaching methodology, which has been developed to accelerate the advancement of self-awareness and interpersonal competencies. Specific topics covered in Building and Leading Effective Teams include: personality types (Myers-Briggs type indicator assessment), best practices in forming and maintaining team performance, giving and receiving feedback, individual and team creativity, communicating to inspire and influencing without authority. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 260B: Leading Organizations (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

In this two-module sequence (260A and 260B), students learn the basic concepts of leadership, management, and teamwork. The uniqueness of this course is within the teaching methodology, which has been developed to accelerate the advancement of self-awareness and interpersonal competencies. Topics in Leading Organizations include systems thinking, team decision-making, communication across cultures, shared visions, and organizational change. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 260C: Conflict Resolution (1 credit)

When: Spring Term

Credits: 1 credit

Location: On-Campus

Description:

A practitioner-focused module, students are introduced to frameworks, tools, and skills to effectively manage conflict in the workplace. Building on prior modules and tailored to address the specific challenges students have faced (or anticipate facing in the future), this module draws upon relevant literature and uses student examples and action learning to develop insights and approaches. A central feature of this module is an exercise, in which students perform a real-life negotiation in a session with two classmates and an instructor. 

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 270: Industry Consulting Project - Team Practicum (3 credits)

When: Summer Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This is a team consulting project, conducted at a local business during summer intersession, that provide students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 280: Capstone Leadership Project (3 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Term

Credits: 3 credits

Location: On-Campus

Description:

This is a student-led 'real-life' engineering project to demonstrate business acumen and leadership skills. The project must be complex and involve risk with a 6-9 month duration, often done with the student's current employer.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the On-Campus MSEM Core Curriculum.

Graduate Students: Online MS in Engineering Management

The following courses are open to only graduate students pursuing their MS in Engineering Management online through Tufts Gordon Institute.

 

EM 201: Essentials of Technology Strategy (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course explores elements of technology strategy including portfolio management, development of product and technology roadmaps, new product development, phase gate processes, and the management of product life cycles. The focus is on disruptive, incremental, sustaining, and breakthrough innovations across multiple sectors.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 202: Leadership: Personal and Team Development (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course is the first on a student’s journey to leading effective teams and organizations. It is aimed at helping students develop themselves as individual leaders by focusing on personal growth and leadership styles.  The course will utilize assessments and other tools to explore leadership styles and techniques for leading with and without authority in a variety of settings.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 203: Building Financial Intelligence (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course will teach students to develop, analyze, and communicate the financial aspects of a company’s product or service. Students will learn to understand and evaluate the impact of decisions on the financial health and competitiveness of the firm.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 204: Customer Discovery and Solution Design (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course is a human-centered customer discovery course focused on research, analysis, brainstorming, and ideation methods to inform product and business solutions.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 205: Milestone Project: New Product & Service Development (2 credits)

When: Summer and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This team project integrates learning from the first four core courses of the Online MSEM program. The project focuses on the development of a business plan for a new product or service and is supported by milestones and deliverables. The integrated project is additionally bolstered by seminars on key topics like project management, intellectual property, and marketing.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree & have completed EM 201, EM 202, EM 203, and EM 204.

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 206: Introduction to Data Analytics (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

Students learn to gather, analyze, and interpret data to drive strategic and operational success in technology-based companies. Develop skills to make data-based decisions with uncertain or ambiguous conditions, and develop models for decision-making in a business setting.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 207: Solving Complex Programs Through Systems Thinking (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

Within this course, students will learn to:

  • Examine connected complex systems that impact technology projects while taking into account human, political, community, resource, environmental, and social processes.
  • Leverage insights from structural influences to maximize impact and solve problems in increasingly complex and high-tech environments

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 208: Program and Project Management (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

Students will learn the tools to manage projects and programs (a portfolio of projects) effectively.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 209: Leadership: Driving and Managing Change (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This course teaches techniques on approaches to managing uncertainty and dealing with complex and constant change. Students will learn to manage large and diverse groups through changing internal and external force using conflict management and negotiation tools.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.

EM 282: Milestone Project: Capstone Leadership Project (2 credits)

When: Fall and Spring Terms

Credits: 2 credits

Location: Online

Description:

This is an individual, student-led project that demonstrates your business acumen and leadership skills in the real world.  The project must be complex and involve risk.  Capstone Leadership Project typically has a 3-6 month duration and can be done with your current employer.

Restrictions on Enrollment: Must have an undergraduate degree & have completed EM 206, EM 207, EM 208, and EM 209.

Note: This course is part of the Online MSEM Core Curriculum.