http://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/online-master-science-engineering

Philip Parker, Program Coordinator
Master of Science in Engineering

Address: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Phone: 608.342.1686
Fax: 608.342.1566
Email: engineering@uwplatt.edu
Website: www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/online-master-science-engineering

Statement of Purpose

The Master of Science in Engineering program provides high-quality, online development opportunities in mathematics, engineering communications, computer applications, management, and select engineering topics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate effective technical, business, and client communication skills;
  2. Apply engineering management practices;
  3. Contribute to the solution of engineering problems as a member of a local, regional, or international team;
  4. Demonstrate advanced competence in at least one technical emphasis area;
  5. Demonstrate application of mathematics or statistics for solving engineering, management, or business problems;
  6. Use technique, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  7. Recognize and respond appropriately to ethical situations.

Introduction

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSENGR) degree draws on students’ existing knowledge of engineering theory and mathematics and on their practical engineering experience. The program requires 30 credits of advanced course work. No thesis is required. All course work is delivered online.

The program includes core competency courses in mathematics, computer applications, engineering communications, and engineering management. Each student additionally completes a technical emphasis. Currently, students may select an emphasis in engineering design, application in engineering management, control systems, or structural/geotechnical engineering.

Admission Requirements for Master of Science in Engineering

Those seeking admission to the Master of Science in Engineering program must have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. If the bachelor’s degree is in a field other than engineering, applicants may be asked to complete prerequisite courses. International degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis.

To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above, or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution. Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on a trial enrollment justified by the admitting department and approved by the director of the School of Graduate Studies.

Program entrance requirements and degree completion requirements are consistent with those of the graduate programs of the institution. Students seeking admission to the program should follow the instructions found in the Online Admission Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Special Students

Students with a bachelor’s degree who want to enroll in selected courses without being admitted to the program may enroll as special students. A special student may transfer up to 12 credits earned at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville into a degree program. Completing courses as a special student does not ensure that the student will be admitted to the program.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Engineering is earned upon the successful completion of degree requirements. A total of 30 graduate credits, as outlined below, are required. For admission requirements, registration instructions, course descriptions, tuition rate, and a long-term course rotation schedule, visit our web site at www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education.

All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Courses that are cross-listed in more than one section cannot be counted twice.

Section A: Core Courses12
Select one course from each of the following areas:
Mathematics:
Linear Algebra
Applied Statistics
Computer Applications:
Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems
Optimization with Engineering Applications
Technical Communications:
Engineering Communications
Engineering Management:
Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Section B: Technical Emphasis Course9-18
Select one of the Technical Emphasis areas below
Section C: Elective Courses9
Select 9 credits of the following: 1
Special Topics in Engineering
Independent Study in Engineering
Project Management Techniques I
Project Management Techniques II
International Supply Chain Management
Total Credits30-39
1

Students completing an emphasis in Engineering Design, Applications in Engineering Management, or Control Systems must select a total of nine elective credits. Courses listed in Sections A and B which were not previously used to satisfy other requirements may be taken as electives. In addition, the courses listed below may be taken as electives. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact and academic advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

Technical Emphasis Areas

Students must choose one of the four technical emphasis areas: Engineering Design, Applications in Engineering Management, Control Systems, or Structural/Geotechnical Engineering. The specific requirements for each emphasis are listed below.

Engineering Design

Select 9 credits of the following:
Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems
Optimization with Engineering Applications
Design of Experiments
Design for Manufacturability
Advanced Finite Element Method
Product Design and Development

Applications in Engineering Management

Select 9 credits of the following:
Advanced Production and Operations Analysis
Quality Engineering and Management
Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Systems Engineering Management
Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments
Continuous Improvement With Lean Principles

Control Systems

Select 9 credits of the following:
Control Systems Engineering I
Control Systems Engineering II
Digital Control Systems

Structural/Geotechnical Engineering

The Structural/Geogtechnical emphasis may be completed by selecting ENGRG 5030 to complete the mathematics requirement, then taking:

ENGRG 7540Advanced Finite Element Method (or an equivalent course)3
Select at least 15 credits of the following: 115
Structural Steel Design with LRFD (Str)
Dynamics of Structures (Str)
Advanced Shallow Foundation Design with LRFD Applications (Geo)
Advanced Deep Foundation Design with LRFD Applications (Geo)
Geosynthetics Engineering (Geo)
Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis and LRFD (Geo)
Total Credits18
1

Must include at least one Structural Engineering (Str) course and one Geotechnical Engineering (Geo) course. Nine credit hours must be from the Geotechnical (Geo) emphasis and must be completed in sequential order.

Certificate in Engineering Management

A 12-credit Certificate in Engineering Management is available for people who want to expand their knowledge in engineering management related areas, but are not currently pursuing a master’s degree. Credits earned for the certificate can later be applied toward the Master of Science in Engineering.

The Certificate in Engineering Management is comprised of four courses. Each course is worth three credits. These courses allow individuals to gain knowledge in areas that will assist them most in their professional situation.

Required courses:

ENGRG 7800Engineering Management3
Select three courses from the following:
Applied Statistics
Advanced Production and Operations Analysis
Quality Engineering and Management
Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Systems Engineering Management
Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments (Prereq: ENGRG 6050 Applied Statistics)
Continuous Improvement With Lean Principles
PROJMGT 7010Project Management Techniques I3

Students must complete all of the required courses for this certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to be eligible to receive the certificate. Transfer courses cannot be applied to the certificate program.

Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering

A certificate in Geotechnical Engineering is available for people who want to expand their knowledge in Geotechnical skills. This certificate allows individuals to gain knowledge in the area that will assist them most in their professional situation. Credits earned for the certificate can later be applied toward the Master of Science in Engineering degree. The certificate is comprised of 12 credits (four courses). Each course is worth three credits.

Required courses:

ENGRG 7260Advanced Shallow Foundation Design with LRFD Applications3
ENGRG 7270Advanced Deep Foundation Design with LRFD Applications3
ENGRG 7280Geosynthetics Engineering3
ENGRG 7290Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis and LRFD3

Certificate in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering

A certificate in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering is available for people who want to expand their knowledge in the area which will assist them in their career. Credits earned for the certificate can later be applied toward the Master of Science in Engineering degree. Each course is worth three credits.

The certificate is earned by completing 12 credits consisting of two required and two additional courses from those listed below.

Required courses:

ENGRG 6230Structural Steel Design with LRFD3
ENGRG 7220Dynamics of Structures3
Select two courses from the following:
Advanced Shallow Foundation Design with LRFD Applications
Advanced Deep Foundation Design with LRFD Applications
Geosynthetics Engineering
Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis and LRFD

Certificate in Engineering design

The Engineering Design Certificate is comprised of 12 credits of design-related courses.   Available courses span a wide range of disciplines, including industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, sustainability, and systems analysis.

The certificate is earned by completing 12 credits consisting of two required and two additional courses from those listed below.

Required courses:

ENGRG 7520Design for Manufacturability3
ENGRG 7550Product Design and Development3
Select two courses from the following:
Control Systems Engineering I
Design of Experiments
Design for Usability
Advanced Finite Element Method
Sustainability in Engineering Design and Manufacturing
Systems Engineering Management

ENGRG 5000 Engineering Communications 3 Credits

Emphasizes methods of communication in the engineering workplace, including the development and writing of proposals, technical manuals, design reports, and business presentations. Effective teamwork communication strategies for virtual and co-located project teams will be addressed.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

ENGRG 5030 Linear Algebra 3 Credits

This course is an online introductory course in linear algebra. This foundation course is designed to prepare a student for study in the Master of Science in Engineering program. Matrices, systems of equations, determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, vector spaces, linear transformations, and diagnolization. This course is not appropriate for students seeking a MS or MA degree in mathematics. P: MATH 2740 with a grade of "C" or better.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Summer

ENGRG 6050 Applied Statistics 3 Credits

This course is an online introductory course in statistics. This foundation course is designed to prepare a student for study in the Master of Science in Engineering program or the Master of Science in Project Management program. This course will cover basic concepts of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and applications of statistics including simple linear regression, multiple regression, basic design of experiments and ANOVA. This course is not appropriate for students seeking a MS or MA degree in mathematics. P: MATH 2740 with a grade of "C" or better.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring/Summer

ENGRG 6230 Structural Steel Design with LRFD 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the design of steel structures by the load and resistance factor design (LRFD) method. The newest steel specification requires a strength method (like LRFD) to be used. The allowable stress method (ASD) has been renamed the allowable strength method, and is based on many of the principles of LRFD design. A general overview of the new ASD method will be given, but the focus of the class will be on designing structures with LRFD. Students will learn to design tension and compression members, beams and beam-columns, and connections. A low-rise steel office building will be designed throughout the semester as a group design project. P: CIVILENG 3100 - Structural Mechanics (or equivalent) is required. Familiarity with a structural analysis program (e.g., RISA-2D, STAAD, etc.) will be beneficial but not required.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

ENGRG 7030 Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems 3 Credits

This introductory course is applied simulation taught at the graduate level. It is also a system analysis course. Students learn how to analyze systems and how to represent them in the simulation model. Students are expected to bring topics and problems to class and to contribute in significant discussion about the material. This is a hands-on course. Students are taught simulation theory through practice in developing more and more complex models. The course includes a range of simulation styles including: basic manual simulation (rolling dice, random number tables); simple automated simulation (use of general purpose software like BASIC, spreadsheets, macros); traditional simulation (coded programs with tabular results); real time monitoring (graphic displays during simulation); and state-of-the-art object oriented software (including two and three dimensional animation). P: A calculus-based statistics course is required. No prior knowledge of simulation is required, nor is any computer programming experience. Basic familiarity with computing in general is needed (files, folders, basic editing operations, etc.), but nothing advanced. A fundamental understanding of probability and statistics is needed.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring/Summer

ENGRG 7070 Optimization with Engineering Applications 3 Credits

Students will be able to solve a variety of optimization problems using optimization software or the optimization routines available in spreadsheets (e.g. Excel or Quattro). Linear, non-linear, and discrete problems will be solved. Students will learn the theory of improving search methods, which are the basis for all optimization algorithms. An emphasis will be placed on the need for the modeler to examine the practicality of program results. Also, students will perform a Life Cycle Analysis, which is an optimization procedure that minimizes the impacts on the environment.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ENGRG 7220 Dynamics of Structures 3 Credits

Dynamic analysis of structures using simplified single-degree-of-freedom models, model analysis and static condensation. Assumptions used in numeric analysis methods will be explored in order to better understand the output from computer analysis. Application of dynamic analysis as implemented in the International Building Code. P: GENENG 2230 - Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics. Recommended: MATH 3230 - Linear Algebra, MATH 3630 - Differential Equations, CIVILENG 3100 - Structural Mechanics (or equivalent for all courses listed).
Components: Class
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

ENGRG 7260 Advanced Shallow Foundation Design with LRFD Applications 3 Credits

This course is designed to fully prepare a student with only an introductory course in soil mechanics to: analyze the bearing capacity of shallow foundations; to design shallow foundations to meeting bearing capacity and settlement requirements; to design reinforced concrete shallow foundations; and to apply Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) principles to the design and analysis of shallow foundations. P: CIVILENG 3730 - Geotechnical Engineering (or an equivalent course in soil mechanics).
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall-ALT

ENGRG 7270 Advanced Deep Foundation Design with LRFD Applications 3 Credits

This course is designed to fully prepare a student with a course in deep foundations to: analyze the bearing capacity of deep foundations; to design deep foundations to meet bearing capacity and settlement requirements; to design reinforced concrete deep foundations (drilled shafts); and to apply Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) principles to the design and analysis of deep foundations. P: ENGRG 7260 or equivalent.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGRG 7260
Typically Offered: Spring-ALT

ENGRG 7280 Geosynthetics Engineering 3 Credits

This course is designed to fully prepare a student with only an introductory course in soil mechanics to recognize, design, and analyze the geosynthetic alternatives to traditional civil engineering project features such as: subsurface drainage systems; beddings and filters for erosion control systems; erosion control systems; temporary runoff and sediment control; roadways and pavement systems; embankments on soft foundations; stability of steep slopes; retaining walls and abutments; and landfill final cover and base liner systems. P: CIVILENG 3730 Geotechnical Engineering I (a course in soil mechanics) and CIVILENG 3300 Fluid Mechanics, or equivalents of both of these courses.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring-ALT

ENGRG 7290 Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis and LRFD 3 Credits

This course is designed to fully prepare a student with only an introductory course in soil mechanics to recognize, design, and analyze concrete retaining walls, MSE walls, cantilever and anchored sheetpile walls, braced excavations, and cofferdams using conventional and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) concepts. P: CIVILENG 3730 Geotechnical Engineering I (a course in soil mechanics) and ENGRG 7280 Geosynthetics Engineering, or equivalents of both of these courses.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CIVILENG 3730 and ENGRG 7280
Typically Offered: Fall-ALT

ENGRG 7310 Control Systems Engineering I 3 Credits

Classical control systems, frequency domain. Laplace transformation and transfer functions of linear electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical systems. Time response and pole-zero analysis. Stability and error analysis of feedback systems. Control systems design via root locus techniques. P: consent of instructor. S.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRG 7320 Control Systems Engineering II 3 Credits

Classical and modern control systems, frequency and time domain. Design via frequency response techniques. Modeling in state-space. Signal-flow graphs of state equations. Stability and errors in state space. Controllability and observability. Control systems design via state space.. P: BS degree in engineering and ENGRG 7310.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRG 7340 Digital Control Systems 3 Credits

Digital Controller Design in time and frequency domain. State space modeling, controllability, observability, stability, minimal realization, pole placement and observer design. P: A BS degree in Engineering, with some background in Automatic Control Area. ENGRG 7310, ENGRG 7320.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGRG 7310 and ENGRG 7320
Typically Offered: DEMAND

ENGRG 7510 Design of Experiments 3 Credits

This course on Design of Experiments (DOE) provides experiences in planning, conducting, and analyzing statistically designed experiments. The methods of DOE may be applied to design or improve products and processes. Analysis of variance (ANOVA), test of hypothesis, confidence interval estimation, response surface methods, and other statistical methods are applied in this course to set values for design, process, or control factors so that one or more responses will be optimized, even when noise factors are present in the system. This course is designed to teach the nuts and bolts of DOE as simply as possible. P: MATH 4030 or ENGRG 6050, or consent of instructor.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRG 7520 Design for Manufacturability 3 Credits

A major portion of the costs and in turn the profitability of manufacturing organizations are affected by the quality of the design of their products. Building quality into the design will call upon engineers to systematically design a product and/or process so that it can be produced with lowest costs, rapid response time, and meet customers expectations. This will require the integration of design, manufacturing, management, and economic principles. The course will address this overall integration and focus on the design for manufacturing aspects so as to provide faster time to market, productive utilization of equipment, faster delivery, improved quality, reduced cost, and effective continuous improvement. Students will be able to systematically design a product and/or process so that it can be produced with lowest costs, rapid response time, and meet customers expectations. In doing so, they will be able to identify opportunity for design, address technical considerations of design manufacturing, and make a business decision on feasibility of design.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRG 7530 Design for Usability 3 Credits

This course explores the ergonomic aspects of usability within the product design, work design, and manufacturing or service environment. Ergonomic principles which apply to the design of physical work as well as the tools and products of production will be investigated. The impact of cognitive demands of the user will be investigated for applicability to the design of products and processes. The macroergonomic aspects of the built environment necessary for inclusive design will be discussed with respect to minimize operational error and maximize safety for a wide range of expected users.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRG 7540 Advanced Finite Element Method 3 Credits

Introduces the finite element method. Emphasizes beam and frame analysis, plane strain, axisymmetric, and three-dimensional stress analysis. Includes dynamic analysis and field problems, such as heat transfer. Utilizes readily available finite element computer programs to solve stress analysis, heat transfer, thermal stresses, etc. P: BS in Engineering or related field.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRG 7550 Product Design and Development 3 Credits

This course examines the front end of the product development process. Topics include: organization and management issues associated with the product development process; the identification of customer needs and the translation of these needs into product performance specifications; methodologies for the generation and selection of concepts; developing the product architecture with emphasis on creating interfaces, prototyping and design for manufacturing.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRG 7560 Sustainability in Engineering Design and Manufacturing 3 Credits

This course explores the engineering management systems and design frameworks necessary to understand the interrelated issues of environmental quality, sustainability principles, engineering best practices, and emerging manufacturing technologies.The engineering viewpoint of sustainability starts with the systems engineering life-cycle process and includes the systems design evaluation processes for producibility, maintainability, disposability, and life-cycle costing. Key supporting engineering management processes include trade-off studies and risk-based decision making.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: DEMAND

ENGRG 7800 Engineering Management 3 Credits

Introduce the student to fundamental concepts of management and management theories. Discuss timely topics and issues of business ethics including environmental, safety, and product liability. The student will gain an understanding of differences between engineering and management roles with specific application to motivating, and managing technical personnel. The student will develop an understanding and application of the specific tools of engineering management including basic forecasting, planning, scheduling and decision-making models.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Summer

ENGRG 7810 Advanced Production and Operations Analysis 3 Credits

Tools and techniques associated with planning and controlling in the production environment including forecasting, aggregate planning, master production scheduling, materials requirement planning, and shop floor control. Integrated aspects of manufacturing resource planning and enterprise resource planning as well as the effects of just-in-time management and theory of constraints.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRG 7820 Quality Engineering and Management 3 Credits

This course provides practical tools for planning and completing quality improvement projects. The first part of the course deals with an introduction to quality management philosophies, tools, and approaches. The second part (about 70%) of the course is devoted to the Six-Sigma (SS) philosophy, roadmap, tools, and techniques of planning and executing quality improvement projects. The course concludes with the application of the Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) approach to design or improve products and processes. P: MATH 4030 or ENGRG 6050, or consent of instructor.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRG 7830 Advanced Cost and Value Analysis 3 Credits

Introduction to the concepts of value within the manufacturing environment. Investigation of various methods of increasing value and defining value are considered. Emphasis is on creating value for the customer through application of sound economic analysis and manufacturing methods improvements. Value Engineering including function analysis. Value Stream Mapping and 5S applications are studied in the context of Lean Manufacturing methods.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring-ALT

ENGRG 7840 Systems Engineering Management 3 Credits

New technologies and time constraints need to meet the challenges of satisfying customer needs such as performance, quality, and over-all cost effectiveness. This sets up a framework for effective system engineering and management of complex systems. The systems engineering effort needs to integrate a wide variety of key design disciplines, apply robust design methods and tools in a manner as to achieve system engineering objectives, assess and control through design reviews, evaluations, feedback and corrective action. The management issues pertaining to the application of systems engineering to various projects is equally important. Principles of System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), organizational aspects of Systems Engineering such as functional, product line, and matrix structures, and interfaces between the customer, the producer, and suppliers are some key topics that need to be addressed as part of Systems Engineering Management.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRG 7850 Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments 3 Credits

This course will provide experience in applying Taguchi Methods for designing robust products and processes. Taguchi Methods may be considered as "cookbook" approaches to designing and analyzing industrial experiments. Students will learn to plan a project and develop strategies for experiments. Definition of controllable factors, noise factors, responses, and quality characteristics (both dynamic and static) in a project will be discussed. Applications of orthogonal arrays, signal-to-noise ratio, mean-squared deviation, loss function, ANOVA, and related topics will be covered. P: MATH 4030 or MATH 6030 or ENGRG 6050, or consent of instructor.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: DEMAND

ENGRG 7860 Continuous Improvement With Lean Principles 3 Credits

Development and applications of lean techniques including an overview of the Toyota Production System. Lean principles including stability, standardization, just-in-time, jidoka and involvement. Examples from manufacturing, service and office settings. Specific techniques which support continuous improvement including five S, standardized work, production leveling, kanban systems, value stream mapping, poka-yoke, and A3 reporting. Methods for creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRG 7930 Special Topics in Engineering 1-3 Credits

Various engineering topics will be explored. Topics vary.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: DEMAND

ENGRG 7980 Independent Study in Engineering 1-3 Credits

Students registering for independent study must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by both the instructor supervising the independent study and the student. The project must be above and beyond the students traditional employment requirements. This is to be a graduate level experience, conducted with graduate rigor and culminating in a document of professional quality. The maximum allowable Independent Study credits will be four (4) within the Master of Science in Engineering program and a maximum of three (3) may be taken at any one time.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer