Engineering students may be able to complete their program in as few as four quarters; each quarter is 11 weeks. However, all online engineering programs at the University of California, Riverside operate on a carousel model. Once you begin your coursework, if you need to take a break, you’ll have to wait until the carousel cycles back around to where you left off. Student support specialists are always available to help you stay on track, or if it becomes necessary to take a break, get you back into the program as soon as possible.
You will take a minimum of one Core Engineering Course and one Specialization Course per quarter. Typically, students will be registered in nine credits per quarter under this model. Your quarter schedule will be provided to you by your student support specialist during each registration period.
This course addresses the adaptive challenges facing engineers in a global environment. Its elements cover relevant business dynamics, national and international requirements, as well as less formal elements beyond the realm of core technical competence. An expanded understanding of how companies make outsourcing decisions is relevant whether one is participating or is impacted in other ways.
Virtual technologies enable professionals to communicate more effectively in a multinational environment assisted by workflow software, videoconferencing and other virtual technologies. These tools enable project design to be executed in real-time across continents at all hours. They can also facilitate active collaboration with contractors and clients through implementation phases.
Compliance with applicable regulatory requirements can minimize costly delays. Enhanced awareness of these added elements is essential whether a project is operating domestically or internationally. Global engineers must also apply what may be referred to as “soft skills.” Each nation has unique business protocols. Arriving late to a meeting in one country may instantly damage a professional relationship, while bypassing informal conversation in some cultures could be considered comparably offensive. There may also be essential protocols when interacting with personnel on-site in an unfamiliar national context. The topics below are designed to widen the engineering practice framework to incorporate necessary added skills to succeed in an increasingly global environment.
Technology and scientific innovations lie at the heart of engineering’s contribution to business success. Management of these contributions can provide significant competitive advantage to those who embrace the necessary fundamentals.
This course provides an in-depth coverage of these fundamentals, including sources of innovation, innovation project management, innovation protection management, organizational structuring and collaboration, and human resource management of technical professions. Business models, leading academic research and current organizational concerns are brought together in a blended learning environment that explores real companies and their strategies for harnessing the technology innovation value proposition.
This is an introductory course intended for students with a technical background. They will explore the topics of introduction to systems, the systems design process, systems analysis and design evaluation, design for operational feasibility and systems engineering management.
Subjects such as requirements analysis, concept definition, system synthesis, design analysis, design tradeoffs, risk tradeoffs, interface definition, engineering design, systems integration and others are described as they relate to the overall life cycles of complex systems. The course will consist of lectures, reading, problem solving, a midterm and final exam.
This course covers the essential managerial skills engineers need for managing in today’s global economy. New approaches to ethical management expose the engineer to the set of constraints that guide business decisions. Topics covered include the functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. This introductory cross-disciplinary course is designed for the engineer who manages people, projects and technical innovation.