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Management of Technology Minor

Technological Leadership Institute
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Suite 290 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 Phone: 612-624-5747 Fax: 612- 624-7510
Email: mot@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The management of technology minor program is administered by the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) in the College of Science and Engineering. The program integrates the fields of technology and management, allowing students in science and engineering majors to develop understanding and expertise in business principles. The curriculum includes basic business knowledge, with an emphasis on technology-intensive organizations. Topics include strategy, finance, marketing, intellectual property, innovation, and technology planning. Each class will include exercises that inform students on those business topics, and give them an opportunity to practice the fundamental skills of communications, teamwork and project management.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
A bachelor's degree in an engineering, science, or other technology-related field from an accredited program.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants for the minor must be enrolled in a graduate-level degree program at the University of Minnesota and have director of graduate studies approval.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The MOT minor requires two core courses for a total of 4 credits. The remaining credits can be taken from the list of approved electives. MOT minor courses cannot be counted towards the master of science in management of technology degree requirements.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Core Courses
MOT 5001 - Technological Business Fundamentals (2.0 cr)
MOT 5002 - Creating Technological Innovation (2.0 cr)
Electives
Other courses may be chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MOT 5003 - Technological Business Planning Workshop (1.0 cr)
· HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics (3.0 cr)
· IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management (2.0 cr)
· IE 5111 - Systems Engineering I (2.0 cr)
· IE 5541 - Project Management (4.0 cr)
· ME 8221 - New Product Design and Business Development I (4.0 cr)
· ME 8222 - New Product Design and Business Development II (4.0 cr)
· MILI 5589 - Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research (2.0 cr)
· MBA 6110 - Leading Others (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6084 - Management of Groups (2.0 cr)
· PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making (1.5 cr)
Doctoral
Core Courses
MOT 5001 - Technological Business Fundamentals (2.0 cr)
MOT 5002 - Creating Technological Innovation (2.0 cr)
Electives
Other courses may be chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MOT 5003 - Technological Business Planning Workshop (1.0 cr)
· HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics (3.0 cr)
· IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management (2.0 cr)
· IE 5111 - Systems Engineering I (2.0 cr)
· IE 5541 - Project Management (4.0 cr)
· ME 8221 - New Product Design and Business Development I (4.0 cr)
· ME 8222 - New Product Design and Business Development II (4.0 cr)
· MILI 5589 - Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research (2.0 cr)
· MBA 6110 - Leading Others (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies (2.0 cr)
· MGMT 6084 - Management of Groups (2.0 cr)
· PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making (1.5 cr)
 
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MOT 5001 - Technological Business Fundamentals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basics of operations, strategy, decision-making in technology-driven business. Market opportunity assessment, finance/financial decision-making, organizational roles. Work in teams to analyze aspects of business opportunity. prereq: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students
MOT 5002 - Creating Technological Innovation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students.
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course provides students with techniques to create new ideas, and lead an organization to bring them successfully to market. It will include examples of the dynamics of technological industries, and technology strategies. Topics include effective practices to generate ideas, processes to move them to market, and intellectual property. Students will work in teams to develop a strategy to commercialize a new technology. prereq: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students.
MOT 5003 - Technological Business Planning Workshop
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Applies lessons of 5001 or 5002 directly to technology of the student's choosing, possibly thesis topic. Aspects of strategic technology plan or business plan, culminating in presentation of plan. Must be taken in parallel with 5001 or 5002. prereq: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students. Student must also enroll for MOT 5001 or MOT 5002.
HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3401/5401
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical issues involving ethics in science. Ethical problems posed by modern science/technology, including nuclear energy, chemical industry, and information technologies.
HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01851
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Engineering ethics in historical context, including the rise of professional engineering societies; ethical problems in engineering research and engineers' public responsibility; ethical implications of advanced engineering systems such as the production of nuclear weapons; development of codes of ethics in engineering.
IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00760 - IDSc 6040/MBA 6240
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Management of information systems, information technology (IT) in global organization. Strategic uses of IT. Alignment of IT, organizational strategy, internet/Web technologies, e-commerce customer services. Integration of e-business applications, interorganizational systems, systems implementation. Management of information as resource. Lecture, case analysis, classroom discussion. Prereq MBA student.
IE 5111 - Systems Engineering I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of systems-level thinking/techniques in context of an integrated, design-oriented framework. Elements of systems engineering process, including lifecycle, concurrent, and global engineering. Framework for engineering large-scale, complex systems. How specific techniques fit into framework. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student
IE 5541 - Project Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01916
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to engineering project management. Analytical methods of selecting, organizing, budgeting, scheduling, and controlling projects, including risk management, team leadership, and program management. prereq: Upper div or grad student
ME 8221 - New Product Design and Business Development I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: BMEn 8401/Entr 6087/ME 8221
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students and faculty work with company representatives to develop a product concept, a working physical prototype, and an extensive business plan. Concept design, detail design, manufacturing, marketing, introduction strategy, and profit forecasting. Sponsoring company intends to bring product to market. ME 8222 must be taken in sequence the same year. prereq: CSE grad student, some design experience
ME 8222 - New Product Design and Business Development II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: BMEn 8402/Entr 6087/ME 8222
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students and faculty work with company representatives to develop a product concept, a working physical prototype, and an extensive business plan. Concept design, detail design, manufacturing, marketing, introduction strategy, and profit forecasting. Sponsoring company intends to bring product to market. Must be taken in sequence with 8221 the same year. prereq: 8221
MILI 5589 - Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Hands-on experience in creating a value proposition for new medical technologies. Leadership pathways in medical technology, insurance, and delivery industries. Personal input from industry leaders: United Health Group, Medtronic, and Mayo Clinic.
MBA 6110 - Leading Others
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Achieving organizational goals by leading in ways that create motivation, engagement, commitment, positive social interactions, and job performance. Understanding and managing the characteristics of organizations, work groups, and individuals. The role of group dynamics, decision making, cooperation, conflict, and power in leading others.
MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Art/science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and seek to maximize their own outcomes. Individual, group, organizational behavior. Theory/process of negotiations applied to problems faced by managers/professionals. prereq: MBA student
MGMT 6084 - Management of Groups
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02089 - HRIR 6484/Mgmt 6084
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Factors that influence performance and well-being of groups in organizations. Group dynamics, norms, culture, structure, leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving. Managing dynamics, learning, performance, and creativity of groups. Intergroup relations, incentives, and effect of environment.
PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interplay of science, technology, the environment, and society. Approaches from across the social sciences will cover how science and technology can create new environmental pressures as well as policy challenges in a range of spheres from climate change to systems of intellectual property and international development.
PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interplay between risk analysis, decision making, and policy in the context of new and emerging technologies, environmental and human well-being, risk and resilience. Assessment methods; risk management processes, issues and methods; role/treatment of uncertainty; factors in decision making; risk-based rule making; public values; risk communication and perception. Scientific, technical, social, political, and ethical issues. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
MOT 5001 - Technological Business Fundamentals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basics of operations, strategy, decision-making in technology-driven business. Market opportunity assessment, finance/financial decision-making, organizational roles. Work in teams to analyze aspects of business opportunity. prereq: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students
MOT 5002 - Creating Technological Innovation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students.
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course provides students with techniques to create new ideas, and lead an organization to bring them successfully to market. It will include examples of the dynamics of technological industries, and technology strategies. Topics include effective practices to generate ideas, processes to move them to market, and intellectual property. Students will work in teams to develop a strategy to commercialize a new technology. prereq: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students.
MOT 5003 - Technological Business Planning Workshop
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Applies lessons of 5001 or 5002 directly to technology of the student's choosing, possibly thesis topic. Aspects of strategic technology plan or business plan, culminating in presentation of plan. Must be taken in parallel with 5001 or 5002. prereq: Degree seeking or non-degree graduate students. Student must also enroll for MOT 5001 or MOT 5002.
HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3401/5401
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical issues involving ethics in science. Ethical problems posed by modern science/technology, including nuclear energy, chemical industry, and information technologies.
HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01851
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Engineering ethics in historical context, including the rise of professional engineering societies; ethical problems in engineering research and engineers' public responsibility; ethical implications of advanced engineering systems such as the production of nuclear weapons; development of codes of ethics in engineering.
IDSC 6040 - Information Technology Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00760 - IDSc 6040/MBA 6240
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Management of information systems, information technology (IT) in global organization. Strategic uses of IT. Alignment of IT, organizational strategy, internet/Web technologies, e-commerce customer services. Integration of e-business applications, interorganizational systems, systems implementation. Management of information as resource. Lecture, case analysis, classroom discussion. Prereq MBA student.
IE 5111 - Systems Engineering I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of systems-level thinking/techniques in context of an integrated, design-oriented framework. Elements of systems engineering process, including lifecycle, concurrent, and global engineering. Framework for engineering large-scale, complex systems. How specific techniques fit into framework. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student
IE 5541 - Project Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01916
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to engineering project management. Analytical methods of selecting, organizing, budgeting, scheduling, and controlling projects, including risk management, team leadership, and program management. prereq: Upper div or grad student
ME 8221 - New Product Design and Business Development I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: BMEn 8401/Entr 6087/ME 8221
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students and faculty work with company representatives to develop a product concept, a working physical prototype, and an extensive business plan. Concept design, detail design, manufacturing, marketing, introduction strategy, and profit forecasting. Sponsoring company intends to bring product to market. ME 8222 must be taken in sequence the same year. prereq: CSE grad student, some design experience
ME 8222 - New Product Design and Business Development II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: BMEn 8402/Entr 6087/ME 8222
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students and faculty work with company representatives to develop a product concept, a working physical prototype, and an extensive business plan. Concept design, detail design, manufacturing, marketing, introduction strategy, and profit forecasting. Sponsoring company intends to bring product to market. Must be taken in sequence with 8221 the same year. prereq: 8221
MILI 5589 - Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Hands-on experience in creating a value proposition for new medical technologies. Leadership pathways in medical technology, insurance, and delivery industries. Personal input from industry leaders: United Health Group, Medtronic, and Mayo Clinic.
MBA 6110 - Leading Others
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Achieving organizational goals by leading in ways that create motivation, engagement, commitment, positive social interactions, and job performance. Understanding and managing the characteristics of organizations, work groups, and individuals. The role of group dynamics, decision making, cooperation, conflict, and power in leading others.
MGMT 6004 - Negotiation Strategies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Art/science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and seek to maximize their own outcomes. Individual, group, organizational behavior. Theory/process of negotiations applied to problems faced by managers/professionals. prereq: MBA student
MGMT 6084 - Management of Groups
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02089 - HRIR 6484/Mgmt 6084
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Factors that influence performance and well-being of groups in organizations. Group dynamics, norms, culture, structure, leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving. Managing dynamics, learning, performance, and creativity of groups. Intergroup relations, incentives, and effect of environment.
PA 5711 - Science, Technology & Environmental Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interplay of science, technology, the environment, and society. Approaches from across the social sciences will cover how science and technology can create new environmental pressures as well as policy challenges in a range of spheres from climate change to systems of intellectual property and international development.
PA 5741 - Risk, Resilience and Decision Making
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interplay between risk analysis, decision making, and policy in the context of new and emerging technologies, environmental and human well-being, risk and resilience. Assessment methods; risk management processes, issues and methods; role/treatment of uncertainty; factors in decision making; risk-based rule making; public values; risk communication and perception. Scientific, technical, social, political, and ethical issues. prereq: Grad student or instr consent