UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
The Graduate School
CURRICULAR REPORT FROM THE GRADUATE COUNCIL TO THE FACULTY SENATE:  REPORT NO. 2005-2006-2

At meeting No. 405 held October 28, 2005, the Graduate Council considered and approved the following curricular matters which are now submitted to the Faculty Senate for information or confirmation as indicated.
        
I.  Matters of Information
A.   College of Business Administration
       1. Changes:        
MBA 502 Organizational Behavior – add prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program or permission of instructor.”
MBA 503 Financial Accounting – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC520, MBA500 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 504 Financial Management – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC520 (or equivalent), MBA500, 503 ECN590 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 505 Managerial Marketing – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC520, MBA500 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 510 Managerial Accounting – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC520, MBA500, 503 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 520 Quantitative Methods for Management – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC520, MBA500, 503 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 530 Legal Environment of Business – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program or permission of instructor.”
MBA 540 Organizational Decision Making and Design – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program or permission of instructor.”
MBA 550 Managing with Information Resources – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC500 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 560 Operations Management – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: BAC520, MBA500 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 570 Managerial Economics – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: MBA504 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 590 Strategic Management – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: a minimum of 21 MBA credits which must include 502, 503, 504, 505 or permission of instructor.”
MBA 593, 594 Internship in Business Administration – change prerequisite to read:
“Graduate credit for students matriculated in the M.B.A. and M.S. in accounting program. Pre: proposal approved by the College of Business Administration.”

B.      College of Human Science and Services
          1.  Department of Physical Therapy
     a.    New Course:   
   
PHT 576X International, Service Oriented, Clinical Experience  (2)
Provision of physical therapy service in a third world setting. Preparatory work and two week international experience. (Lec. 1, Practicum in approved international setting) Pre: 580. May not be repeated for credit.


II.    Matters Requiring Confirmation by Faculty Senate

A.      College of Arts and Sciences
          1.     Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
         a.    Changes to the MLIS program:       

New Graduation Requirement – All GSLIS students would be required to complete training in the responsible conduct of research with human subjects.

Change in Residency Requirement – Remove the sentence in the current MLIS course requirements that reads:  “Up to 36 hours may be taken at the regional centers in Massachusetts and at the University of New Hampshire at Durham”.
B.      College of Engineering
1.  Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
     a.    Title and Emphasis Change for MS Program:        
The attached report contains the title and emphasis change requiring Senate approval; it also includes on the last page the list of courses in the program.

 Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Title and Emphasis Change for MS Program

1.0 Introduction
The Masters Program (MS) in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is in Manufacturing Engineering. This program was established in 1986, with a central focus on design for manufacture and assembly. Since its inception this progran1 has graduated around 150 students, many of whom now hold senior positions in industry. To more readily meet the current needs of industry and the current research interests and expertise of the faculty, it is proposed to change somewhat the emphasis of this program with an associated change of title to Manufacturing Systems Engineering. This is emphatically not a proposal for a new MS program, but a change of title and content adjustment. No additional resources are required. Some new courses will be introduced, but some existing courses will be removed and the content of some others adjusted to match the proposed objectives of the program.

2.0 Rationale

There are a number of underlying reasons for these proposed changes as follows:

Needs of Local Employers

Discussions with some of the largest employers of URI engineering graduates, including Raytheon and NUWC, have indicated a need for more engineers with a systems background. These industries have expressed their support for the proposed changes.

Change in Faculty Interests and Expertise
When the MS in Manufacturing Engineering was introduced a large part of the research activities and funding was associated with the area of design for manufacture and assembly and this continued in the intervening period for a decade or more. While the topic of design for manufacture IS still of great interest to employers, the general research interests and expertise of the faculty has changed in recent years, with more emphasis on manufacturing systems design, transportation systems, human factors and so on. This has resulted from faculty retirements, the hiring of new faculty members and the funding opportunities in NSF and other institutions. This change in expertise complements the expressed needs of some local industries and research establishments. It is intended that the areas of design for manufacture and other manufacturing topics will still feature prominently in the revised curriculum, but this is an opportune time to expand the overall emphasis of the MS program with more of a systems focus.

Ability to Attract a Wider Range of Graduate Student
The current requirements of offering a MS in Manufacturing Engineering places a restriction on the range of students that can be admitted to the program. This more or less limits the intake to graduates from accredited BS programs in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Graduates from other engineering programs can be accommodated with appropriate make up courses, but it is felt that the current requirements restrict the pool of students that can be considered. Despite the recent declines in U.S. manufacturing jobs there is an increasing significant need for systems engineers who can coordinate, manage, and lead manufacturing enterprises in a more global environment. The change of emphasis to Manufacturing Systems will allow the Department to diversify the intake pool and allow more readily the recruitment of graduates from other disciplines, in particular from computer science, mathematics and the other engineering disciplines. In this way enrollments in the program can potentially be increased.

Wider Range of Thesis Topics
The current requirements of offering a MS in Manufacturing Engineering places a restriction on the range of topics that can be undertaken for the required thesis. In addition, these requirements preclude thesis topics from some of the more active areas of research in the Department. For example, a significant number of current research projects are in the areas of transportation systems, transportation logistics and other related areas. Thesis topics in these areas are not suitable for a MS program restricted to Manufacturing Engineering, but could be more readily accommodated with a change of emphasis to systems engineering, while still maintaining the ability to include the more traditional manufacturing projects.

No Competing Programs in New England State Universities
The only other State University in New England to offer a MS in Manufacturing Engineering is the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The change of title and emphasis will mean that UR1 will be the only New England State University offering a MS program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The modified program should qualify for New England Regional status, with the corresponding potential benefits on recruitment of students from the other New England states.

Professional Institution Guidance
Discussion is currently underway in the Institute of Industrial Engineers to change the name of the Institute to Industrial and Systems Engineering and hence the proposed change emphasis in the MS program corresponds to this trend.

3.0 Current Program Requirements

3.1 Program Title

Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering

3.2 Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program at the University of Rhode Island are the following:

1.     Proficiency in a broad range of basic engineering skills, including manufacturing properties of materials and manufacturing processes, consistent with an ABET accredited graduate engineering program

2.     Understanding of the application of methods to increase the competitiveness of products and processes

3.     Understanding of the relationship between product design decisions and the development of competitive products, through reduced costs and improved manufacturing efficiency

4.     Advanced proficiency in selected topics in manufacturing processes and manufacturing materials, manufacturing systems engineering, and computer applications related to manufacturing

5.      The ability to carry out an independent research study in a selected area of manufacturing engineering or demonstration of knowledge of a broad range of manufacturing engineering related topics

6.     Advanced proficiency in student selected topics in manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering and related disciplines

3.3 Program Requirements

For the thesis option students are required to complete 30 credits including a thesis (six to nine credits). There are three required graduate courses: IME 549 or 550 or 591/592, 542 and 545. At least three elective courses must be taken from at least two of the following areas: fundamentals of manufacturing processes and manufacturing properties of materials; design for manufacture and assembly; quality engineering, simulation, and control and optimization of manufacturing systems.

For the non-thesis option (for part-time students only with department permission) requires 30 credits of course work must be taken, including IME 542; 545 and 549 or 550 or 591/592, plus at least 12 credits from at least three of the following areas: fundamentals of manufacturing, processes and manufacturing properties of materials, design for manufacture and assembly, quality engineering, simulation, and control and optimization of manufacturing systems. A comprehensive examination must also be taken on three of the above areas. 1MB 240 or equivalent is a prerequisite.

4.0 Proposed Program Requirements

Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering


4.2 Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering program at the University of Rhode Island will be the following:

1.      Understanding of the application of methods to increase the competitiveness of products and processes

2.       Understanding of the relationship between product design decisions and the development of competitive products, through reduced costs and improved manufacturing efficiency.

3.      Understanding of the systems approach to manufacturing and industrial engineering and an ability to apply systems thinking to a broad range of industries including manufacturing, transportation, and service sectors.

4.      Advanced proficiency in selected topics in manufacturing processes and manufacturing materials, manufacturing systems engineering, and computer applications related to manufacturing systems.

5.   The ability to carry out an independent research study in a selected area of manufacturing systems engineering or demonstration of knowledge of a broad range of manufacturing systems engineering related topics

6.     The ability to carry out an independent research study in a selected area of manufacturing systems engineering or demonstration of knowledge of a broad range of manufacturing systems engineering related topics.

7.     Advanced proficiency in student selected topics in manufacturing systems engineering, industrial engineering and related disciplines

4.3 Program Requirements

For the thesis option students are required to complete 30 credits including a thesis (six to nine credits). The following graduate courses are required of all students:

    IME 549 Advanced Product Design for Manufacture
    IME 545 Manufacturing Systems: Analysis, Design, Simulation
    IME 533 Advanced Statistic Methods for Research and Industry

At least three elective courses must be taken from the two following areas, with at least one course from each area (see table below): manufacturing engineering and design; manufacturing systems.

For the non-thesis option (for part-time students only with department permission) 30 credits of course work must be taken. The same required courses as for the thesis option must be taken. At least 12 credits from the two following areas must be taken, with at least one course from each area (see table below): manufacturing engineering and design; manufacturing systems. A comprehensive examination must also be taken on a selection of the courses included in the students program of study in consultation with the major professor.

IME 240 or equivalent is a prerequisite for both options
 

Manufacturing Systems
IME 543 Fundamentals of Machining
IME 546 Advanced Metal Deformation
Processes
IME 541 Advanced Materials Processing*
IME 550 Design for Producibility
IME 542 Computer Aided Manufacturing
Systems*
IME 544 Assembly Systems*
IME 460 Product Design for Environment
IME 500 Network Systems Analysis
IME 513 Quality Engineering
IME 540 Production Control and Inventory
Systems
IME 555 Deterministic Systems
Optimization
IME 552 Lean Manufacturing Systems#
IME 525 Systems Simulation#

* Existing course with modified title and content
# New course