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E M 701 Options

E M 701 Master’s Independent Capstone

(3 semester credits; by arrangement only)
As of Fall 2017 E M 702 will be replaced by E M 701 for all students entering the master’s degree program, and additionally for those students who do not have an approved Program of Study on file with the ETM program.

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 Case Study (Option I) or the E M 701 Capstone Project (Option II).  Both the Case Study and Capstone Project deliverables should demonstrate the breadth and depth of knowledge gained during the ETM Master’s program. E M 701 requires 3 semester credits; by arrangement only. See each option listed below for 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 selection of 4 case studies.
      2. The student completes a case study analysis for each of the 4 case studies and submits to their committee via Blackboard Learn by the due date.
      3. The committee rates and provides feedback on the case study analyses (1 credit).
      4. The student then chooses one of the case studies and prepares both an executive summary and an executive presentation.
        • 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 “exam” (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 (coming soon)

Capstone Project (Option II)

The project 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 program of study committee members.

      1. The student and committee chair agree on a suitable project (action or research focused).
      2. The student submits a project proposal to their committee via Blackboard Learn by the due date.
      3. The committee rates and provides feedback on the project proposal (1 credit).
      4. The student then 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 (coming soon)

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/