Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week; 1.5 hours / session

Recitations: 1 session / week; 1 hour / session


This course gives an overview of engineering management and covers topics such as financial principles, management of innovation, technology strategy, and best management practices. The focus of the course is the development of individual skills and team work. This is carried out through an exposure to management tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn fundamental concepts and practices used in engineering management.
  2. Learn to apply concepts towards the development of business and technology strategies.
  3. Learn to communicate concepts effectively.

Measurable Outcomes

  1. Obtain an understanding of accounting principles.
  2. Construct financial statements and perform ratio analyses.
  3. Use financial principles to develop business and technology strategies.
  4. Carry out risk analyses for developing business and technology strategies.
  5. Design a business plan for a technology-based enterprise.


Guest lectures are not included but context statements and references that describe these lectures have been provided.


The reading assignments and case studies can be found in the Readings section.

Class Participation

Students are expected to attend all class sessions, read assigned materials prior to class sessions, and contribute towards class discussions.


Assignments consist of case study analyses, group based and individual writing assignments, group presentations, and a final project.


The table below shows the breakdown of grades. Your final grade will be based on your overall performance in class.

Quiz 15
Ratio Analysis 10
Cases 25
Projects 25
Class Participation 25


1 Introduction and Group Assignment

Zipcar Case Study distributed

Hubspot Case Study distributed

2 Business Plan I Zipcar Case Study due
3 Financial I Problem Set 1 distributed
4 Sales and Marketing I Hubspot Case Study due
5 Financial II Problem Set 1 due
6 Sales and Marketing II

Ratio Analysis Group distributed

Prelude Case distributed

7 Financial III Project Progress Report distributed
8 Intellectual Property and Licensing

Designing & Building Yachts distributed

SUL Part 1, Part 2 distributed

HP Case Study distributed

9 Ratio Analysis I Ratio Analysis Group due
10 Ratio Analysis II None
11 Prelude Lobster Case Prelude Case due
12 Project Progress Report Project Progress Report due
13 Quiz Review None
14 Quiz None
15 Designing and Building Yachts Designing & Building Yachts due
16 Commoditization vs. Differentiation SUL Part 1, Part 2 due
17 Total Quality Management None
18 Entrepreneurship None
19 HP Printer Case

HP Case Study due

Technology Choice Case & Question distributed

20 Strategic Planning and Management of Technology

Technology Choice Case & Question due

Teradyne Business Plan distributed

Pilkington Float Glass Assignment distributed

Omniport Assignment distributed

21 Teradyne Business Plan

Teradyne Business Plan due

Ethics Assignment distributed

22 Pilkington Float Glass Case Pilkington Float Glass Assignment due
23 Omniport Houston Case Omniport Assignment due
24 Ethics Ethics Assignment due
25 Project Presentation None
26 Project Presentation (cont.) None