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E M 701 Options

E M 701 Master’s Independent Capstone

(3 semester credits; by arrangement only)

To receive a master’s degree in the ETM Program, students must complete a minimum of 10 courses; one from each of the six core areas, and four additional courses from the E M offerings (30 credits) and 3 credits of E M 701 (formerly E M 702).

Students choose either the E M 701 Option 1 Case Study or the E M 701 Option 2 Project. Both the case study and project work extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of engineering management and provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their depth and breadth of understanding of their courses of study, research, and ability to synthesize and apply what they have learned throughout the ETM program.

EM701 is completed over one or two semesters, depending on which one of two options is chosen.  For option 1, students perform in-depth analyses on engineering management related case studies are provided over one semester. For option 2, students select a work or community project and complete the project over one or two semesters. See each option listed below for more detail on the semester requirements.

Case Study (Option 1)

 

The case study option is completed in a single semester (3 credits) under the guidance of the program of study committee members.

  1. The E M 701 instructor provides a total of five case studies covering the six core areas of the program as listed below.
    • Managing Organizations and People
    • Managing Projects
    • Managing Financial Resources
    • Managing with Analytical Methods
    • Managing Variability
    • Managing Strategy
  1. Students choose four of the five case studies (saving the fifth case study for the final course deliverables, see below) for written case study analyses using the guidance provided for each of them, submitting each case study analysis to Blackboard Learn by the due dates. (1 credit)
  2. The student then prepares both an executive summary and an executive presentation of an in-depth analysis of the fifth case study.
    • The written executive summary is submitted to the committee via Blackboard Learn (1 credit).
    • The oral presentation is presented to the committee via Blackboard Collaborate and culminates as the final “capstone project” (1 credit).

The case study analysis should integrate skills from several different classes while extending the student’s learning; students explore in-depth implications of the set of case studies, and the selected case study for the executive summary and oral presentation.

Download the Case Study (Option I) Comprehensive Guidelines

Capstone Project (Option II)

 

The project option is completed either in the final semester (3 credits) or over the final two semesters of the Master’s program (1 credit project proposal in the first semester, followed by remainder in second semester) under the guidance of the student’s committee members as defined in the student’s approved program of study.

  1. The student completes the EM 701 Option II Project Enrollment Form prior to enrolling in EM701; student and committee chair agree on a suitable project (action or research focused) based on the information provided on the enrollment form.
  2. First/ Final semester: The student submits a project proposal plan (see EM 701 Option II Project Proposal Outline) to their committee via Blackboard Learn by the due date (1 credit).
  3. Final semester: The student implements the project as proposed, incorporating the feedback provided by the committee, and prepares both an executive summary and an executive presentation on the project and the project outcomes.
    • The written executive summary is submitted to the committee via Blackboard Learn (1 credit).
    • The oral presentation is presented to the committee via Blackboard Collaborate and culminates as the final “capstone project” (1 credit).

The project should be a topic of interest to the student that integrates skills from several different classes and at the same time extends the student’s learning as students explore in depth, the topic of choice. In many cases, the project is directly work related allowing the student to select meaningful problems from the work environment and integrating the project with day-to-day work duties. The project could also be research based where the student performs and synthesizes research to further mature the engineering management body of knowledge.

Download the Capstone Project (Option II) Comprehensive Guidelines

Helpful Resources

Policies

Students in the program are bound by the WSU Graduate School Policies and Procedures as well as those of the ETM program. Please familiarize yourself with the WSU Graduate School policies and procedures. Definition of Graduate Level Courses and 701 Policies can be found at https://gradschool.wsu.edu/chapter-three-e/