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MEM Program Curriculum, By Semester

This 42-credit-hour program is split across three semesters at Case Western Reserve. Here's a step-by-step look at your next 12 months:

a visual representation of the year of coursework at the MEM program

Summer Semester

Project Management

IIME405 — Summer Semester 3 Credit Hours

In this course, you will learn quantitative skills that you will need to become an effective project manager while also exploring insights into human behavior and group dynamics. Through textbook lessons, case studies, guest speakers, and shared real world experiences, you will gain an understanding of what makes a project successful. You will have opportunities to apply this understanding and to develop the skills necessary to effectively manage projects.

Leadership Assessment and Development

IIME400 — Summer Semester 3 Credit Hours

In this course, you will get to know yourself better by completing assessments and making sense of them, having team discussions, presenting to the class, engaging in various experiential activities, participating in a coaching session, working with a team, and expanding your knowledge of leadership skills and abilities. You will also be introduced to human behavior in organizations through instruments developed by faculty in the Department of Organizational Behavior, and learn about the themes and issues that organizations have in common.

Materials and Manufacturing

IIME415 — Summer Semester 3 Credit Hours

With an emphasis on modern materials and processing, this course links materials classes (metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, electronic materials, and biomaterials) with processing into finished products. Visits to local industries and presentations by participating companies reinforce the information presented in the classroom and illustrate the connection between materials and manufacturing process selections, as well as strategic management decisions.

Fall Semester

Accounting/ Finance and Engineering Economics

IIME410 — Summer Semester 3 Credit Hours

The goal of this course is to develop a working understanding of accounting, finance and economics and to apply this understanding to develop the skills necessary for a career in a business organization.

Understanding People and Change in Organizations

IIME 425 — Fall Semester 3 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to understand why people act and behave the way they do in organizations. This course balances underlying theories with practical examples and real life situations. Behavior is examined, and models and tools are provided to the student. The intent is to make the student a better diagnostician and to better inform the student of the organizations in which he or she may find his/herself.

Six Sigma and Quality Management

IIME 440 — Fall Semester 3 Credit Hours

This course provides an introduction to managing quality throughout the supply chain in both manufacturing and service organizations, utilizing the popular Six Sigma approach. The familiar DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) problem solving approach will be emphasized.

Students will learn the basic tools of quality (such as cause-and-effect diagrams for brainstorming), quality processes (such as benchmarking), and quality management including quality planning, quality control,and quality improvement. The course will include the subject of statistical process control, an integral component of Six Sigma.

Product and Process Design and Development I & II

IIME 430 A & B — Fall & Spring Semesters 6 Credit Hours

Product and process development (PPD) are integrated activities in business, and this course develops an integrated approach to the understanding and practice of the complex relationships among customers, designers and manufacturers that define PPD.The course is built around a capstone project emphasizing different aspects of the product and process design and development activities of cross-functional teams. Case studies are used to illustrate and understand PPD successes and failures.

Engineering Entrepreneurship

IIME 11069 — 3 units offered in the Fall

Entrepreneurship is an area of importance to business leaders, educators, politicians, and individual members of the society. It is a driver of economic development and wealth creation in organizational units ranging in size from the individual company to entire nations.

Technology-based entrepreneurship is particularly important to this economic development due to its impact on productivity and its potential for exponential growth.

This course will emphasize a variety of issues related to enhancing innovation, demonstrating that there are not many “absolute truths,” but there are numerous best practices.

Spring Semester

Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Analysis

IIME 435 — Spring Semester 3 Credit Hours

This course introduces concepts for helping make designs more manufacturable and for making the manufacturing process more successful through better planning and control. It is related to the product and process design course, and complements those learning objectives. We study how to plan and control the manufacturing process, given the design for manufacturing. The course will include quantitative analysis for cases that will be performed on microcomputer software available in the Weatherhead Computer Lab.

Information, Design and Systems

IIME 420 — Spring Semester 3 Credit Hours

Everything about a business is designed, including the ways in which the organization uses information and the systems it uses to create and deliver its products and services, its supply chains, its accounting for its use of resources, its employee, industry and customer relationships, and more. Understanding general principles that guide the design and use of systems, using systems effectively and redesigning them to address changing circumstances are the foci of this course.

This course will use readings, discussion, projects and occasional lectures to explore principles, methods, attitudes and tools that can be helpful to managers.


Representative Sample of Other Electives

  • Regulatory Affairs for the Biosciences (*)
  • Models of Healthcare Systems(*)
  • Independent Projects
  • Biodesign
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Information Systems
  • Technology Marketing Strategy
  • Lean service operations
  • Health economics and strategy
  • Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management
  • Marketing Metrics
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Executive Leadership
  • Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion:Towards a Globally Inclusive Workplace
  • Exploratory Data Science
  • Advanced Control & Energy Systems
  • Translational Research for Biomedical Engineers
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

*The two courses are for 1.5 credits and are generally taken together in one semester