Technology Administration

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Technology Administration Program & Course Review

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:

  1. Demonstrate the impact that technology has on the individual, society and civilization
  2. Apply the current legal decision and organization policies to the development and management of technology
  3. Apply the life cycle system development methods to include risks associated with management decision.
  4. Demonstrate the application of process and behavior data to improve efficiency in a production environment.
  5. Identify core competencies of and demonstrate how skilled project managers are crucial to an organization.
  6. Select quality indicators that can be used to modify inputs and impact measured system outputs in a management operation.
  7. Demonstrate competence in the use of skills required for analyzing, communicating and problem-solving complex and unpredictable situations where the management of technology is a central situation.
  8. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work in teams.

Courses

 The courses in the Technology Administration Program have been carefully aligned  to support the program outcomes.  

Course Descriptions

TA 300 Evolution and Development of Technology

Credit hours: 3

Course description:

This course includes a historical account of the development and innovation of technology.  Emphasis is on the development of scientific knowledge and its relationship to inventions, their role in careers and impact on civilization.

Rationale:

Technology is a social phenomenon and as such it requires a historical perspective in order to grasp all its significance and nuances. Today and future technologies are what they are because of what technologies have been in the past. For this reason, students in the Technology Administration field need to understand the social roots of the evolution of technologies.

Course objectives:
  1. Identify a key invention and show its impact on civilization over centuries of time.
  2. Differentiate between science and technology, describing the impact that discoveries and invention have on mankind, society, culture and civilization.
  3. Evaluate a contemporary invention, trace its root development and predicts its career and social impact over this century.
  4. Demonstrate contemporary skills in retrieving, organizing, analyzing and reporting information.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) through class reports, projects, papers and tests.
  6. Demonstrate personal skills in time management, self-motivation and learning through the completion of class activities and assignments.
  7. Demonstrate interpersonal skills (teamwork, conflict resolution, workplace ethics) by interacting with others in a variety of settings.

TA 310 Technology and Society

Credit hours: 3

Course description:

The course will focus on current technology in the context of historical development, and the effect of technology on today's society. Students will develop critical analysis of technological innovation through a variety of readings, research and projects.

Rationale:

Technology is a cultural phenomenon and as a such it requires to be studied in the whole milieu in which it arises and develops. Therefore, this course introduces students to the analysis of technology in its whole spectrum of variables and considerations.

Course objective:
  1. Compare the effects of societal development, both current and historical, and its impact on the development of technology.
  2. Describe how current events play a role in the development of technology.
  3. Describe how forces such as values, ethics or religion are used to change the impact of a given technology.
  4. Describe the process of invention of a tool or product in your career field resulting in a defensible patent application and/or profitable venture.
  5. Analyze the impact that invention/innovation in communications, transportation, production, construction, energy, and bio medicine has on the individual, society,
    and civilization.
  6. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to work in teams.
  8. Demonstrate research skills.

TA 320 Systems Design, Assessment, and Evaluation

Prerequisite: MA110, or MA116, or a college level statistic course.

Credit hours: 3

Course description:

This course provides practice in skills to analyze organizational opportunities and evaluates systems using techniques such as flow charts, cause and effect diagrams and others to determine how systems can be utilized to meet organizational challenges. The course will cover such topics as systems planning, analysis, design, testing, implementation and maintenance.

Rationale:

What we call a technology is really a system. Any technology, from a washing machine to a computer, is a complex intertwining of devices, procedures, and social and technical environments that makes of the concept of Technology System the key for the understanding the way technologies are and work. Therefore, system thinking is critical for the management of contemporary technologies.

Course objective:
  1. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and describe the major events that occur during each phase of the SDLC.
  3. Define  the roles and responsibilities of the various members assigned to business information system projects and teams.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of various systems analysis and design methods, identify their strengths and limitations, and determine how to go about choosing an appropriate method for a particular project.
  5. Describe the process of  the initiating  information system projects, and how to integrate those systems into current business applications.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of technical, economic, and organizational feasibility assessment techniques.
  7. Demonstrate understanding for the basic elements of a project work plan and the tools associated with information systems projects.
  8. Demonstrate how to gather, define, and provide validation of end-user information system requirements.
  9. Explain the use of process models in describing both the  as-is  and  to-be  system. Gain a basic familiarity with the numerous types of data models, business process models, data flow diagrams, and entity relationship diagrams.
  10. Identify information system architectures and how the various products are used to illustrate business concepts.
  11. Develop a recommended solution to a hypothetical/actual information system related business problem.

TA 330 Safety Analysis and Quality Assurance

Credit hours: 3

Course description:

The purpose of the course is to review the organization of accident prevention programs, job hazards, accident cost control, and planning and maintaining a safe environment.  The course includes analysis of data, including the use of statistical process control, risk management, and quality assurance issues, such as inspections, reports, and external standards, including federal, state and local.

Rationale:

Quality and Safety have become some of the more important features of competitiveness in the contemporary market-place, especially in a Global Market. Therefore, Quality Assurance and Safety Analysis are becoming standards concepts and set of techniques that people in the technology field need to master. Students graduating from our Technology Administration program will have a clear understanding of the issues involved in these topics.

Course objective:
  1. Select prediction/forecasting tools by understanding process behavior charts.
  2. Define predictable and unpredictable data.
  3. Formulate decisions based on data and graphs to present values in current context.
  4. Explain the historical origins of the safety movement in the United States.
  5. Define the importance of the OSH Act and its administration since 1970.
  6. Evaluate regulatory requirements through analysis of Federal Regulations.
  7. Develop practical applications of federal regulatory regulations for the work environment.

TA 340 Technology Policy

Prerequisite: TA300, and TA310

Credit hours: 3

Course description: 

The course will provide an in-depth study of policy and law practices relating to technology. The course will deal with technology policy, legal ramifications in relation to local environments, state, national and international communities. Consideration in the course will deal with issues such as technological efficiency, socio--economic development, environment, security and others. Special emphasis will be given to the political process in which technology policies are shaped in public and private organizations.

Rationale:

Technology administrators have to carry out the promises of technology systems that are adopted throughout intricate social decision making processes of which they are just one class of actors. This responsibility implies an understanding of the socio-political systems that make of technology systems part of our everyday landscape at the micro and macro level.

Course objective: 
  1. Define the concept of technology policy as a permanent and pervasive factor in the the practical field of technology administration
  2. Outline the intricacies of political systems, its agencies, actors, procedures and timing, especially in relation to technological systems; in public and private organizations.
  3. Define the specific role of the technology administrator in the political process in private and public organizations.
  4. Identify the agencies, legal entities and resources responsible for technology policy.
  5. Demonstrate communications skills to appropriate audiences, both verbally and in written form, technology policy as it relates to historical and future needs.

TA 360 Independent Study

Prerequisite: Consent

Credit hours: 1 - 4

Course description:

The purpose of this course is to enable the student, under the direction of a faculty member, to do an in-depth study or special application in an area of technology or technology management.

Rationale:

Given the multiphasic and changeable nature of technology, it is important to provide to the students the flexibility that will allow them to address the topics needed and/or in demand within their scheduling possibilities. This course may be taken from any faculty of the School of Applied Studies, or any other School, or adjuncts.

Course objective:
  1. Demonstrate skill, knowledge and understanding in a specified area of technology or technology management.
  2. Demonstrate contemporary skills in retrieving, organizing, analyzing and reporting information.
  3. Utilize communication skills (reading, writing, thinking and speaking) through reports, projects, papers and presentations.
  4. Illustrate personal skills in time management, self-motivation, and learning through completion of activities and assignments.


TA 370 Internship

Prerequisite: Consent

Credit hours: 1 - 4

Course description: 

The purpose of the course is to enable a student, under direction of a faculty member to gain insight and practical experience in an area of technology administration.

Rationale:

Given the multiphasic and changeable nature of technology, it is important to provide to the students the flexibility that will allow them to address the topics needed and/or in demand within their scheduling possibilities.

Course objective: 
  1. Explore the application of technology tools and techniques in a work-related environment new to the student.
  2. Demonstrate skill knowledge and understanding in a specified area of technology both orally and in written format.
  3. Practice skills in planning, organizing and controlling within a contemporary environment.
  4. Demonstrate contemporary skills in retrieving, organizing, analyzing and reporting information.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through reports, projects, paper and presentations.
  6. Illustrate personal skills in time management, self-motivation and learning through completion of activities/assignments.

TA 380 Technology & The Future

Credit Hours: 3

Course Description:  

This course will examine applications of a variety of prediction tools and techniques to forecast future developments in their career field. Outcomes will include identification and implementation of strategies to create a desired future in an operation, production or market.

Course Objectives:
  1. Develop a definition of technology.
  2. Analyze the state of present-day technology and of likely future technologies.
  3. Describe the possible futures available to the United States and the world.
  4. Develop a detailed look at some aspect of the future within his or her major field of interest, or other industries, or within society.
  5. Identify future techniques and their uses, strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Communicate effectively with classmates and instructor through discussions, presentations and papers.

TA 381 Technology & Ecology  

Credit Hours: 3

Course Description:  

The purpose of the course is to examine ecological policy in terms of technology and innovation, including the political, geographical, legal and social contexts in which technological innovation occurs. The course will examine conflicts between innovation and resources, risk assessment, national and global impact, and scale of consequences.

Course Objectives:
  1. Identify historical and current information related to environmental policy issues.
  2. Analyze current technology and its environmental impact.
  3. Evaluate plans and implementation strategies and consequences of current environmental policies.
  4. Analyze a product or process for environmental impact.
  5. Develop a simple energy audit.
  6. Conduct an Environmental Impact Study.
  7. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to work in teams.
  9. Demonstrate research skills.

TA 390 Current Issues in Technology

Credit hours: 1 - 3

Course description:

Selected topics in technology which vary from semester to semester. Announced in advance.

Rationale:

Given the multiphasic and changeable nature of technology, it is important to provide to the students some background in less traditional or more advanced issues related to technological development.  This course could be offered by any faculty of the School of Applied Studies, or any other School, or adjuncts. 

Course objective:

To provide students exposure to technology issues beyond the basic requirements of the curriculum.

To provide students the opportunity of dealing with new approaches and/or issues related to technology.

To challenge students with questions or new dimensions involved in contemporary technological development.

TA 400 Technology Administration

Prerequisite: Senior standing

Credit hours: 3

Course description:

This course provides an introduction to several core concepts in technology management and the role of managers of technology in their respective organizations. The course will cover topics such as technology strategy, effective use of resources, the impacts of technology systems, funding technology and ethical approaches to using and managing technology.

Rationale:

This course addresses the need for identity and uniqueness of our program and subject matter. Technology Administration is a field not well defined; it lacks the tradition of disciplines with a long history in the academe. Therefore, we need to be explicit with our students about our understanding of the field and its projection to the job market. At the same time, in doing this, we will be making an intellectual contribution to this novel field.  The course should reflect what is been thought among scholars about the topic and what is the view of the practitioners in the business world as well.

Course objective:
  1. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills (b)
  2. Illustrate the relationship between basic principles and the popular theories and models studied in management courses. (a)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of and an appreciation of the role of technology and systems in today's rapidly changing business environment, particular enterprise and inter-organizational systems. (a)
  4. Evaluate the impact that technology and systems have on today's emerging business models. (a,b)
  5. Describe the impact of emerging technologies on new business opportunities. (a,b)
  6. Illustrate the business value of information technologies are assessed and synchronized with other important business processes and activities. (a,b)
  7. Explain the managerial practices that are vital for the effective leverage of technology. (a,b)

TA 410 Technology Planning

Course Description:     

This course investigates the increasing use of projects to accomplish organizational goals, including how project plan inputs are accurately gathered, integrated and documented. Topics include project life cycle, work breakdown structure, and the importance of quality, risk, and contingency management in planning development.

Course Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  2. Discuss the growing importance of project management in the modern business environment
  3. Explain the importance of the project management framework.
  4. Explain project phases and the various phases commonly used in describing project life cycles
  5. Discuss the importance of the five common project management process groups
  6. Identify major activities and deliverables for each of the nine knowledge areas during each of five process groups.
  7. Prepare a weighted scoring model to evaluate and compare a group of projects.
  8. Discuss the importance of project quality management and understand common tools and techniques used in quality control, such as Six Sigma.
  9. Explain the importance of good human resource management in relation to project success.

TA 420 Technology Project

Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent

Credit hours: 3

Course description:

Students typically working in teams will complete projects as assigned. These projects may take a variety of forms but must integrate the student's technical and professional coursework. Student teams will be required to produce both written and oral presentations of their projects. Both individual performance and performance as a team member will be evaluated. Leadership skills will be studied and practiced.

Rationale:

This course will address two convergent facts. One is the technological skills and practical experience of most Technology Administration students; the other, to engage the students in an exercise that is at once a simulation of real work environment and academically discussed.

Course objective:
  1. Demonstrate team performance skills
  2. Identify leadership characteristics.
  3. Analyze their individual leadership strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Develop an individual plan for improvement of leadership skills.
  5. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills through written work and presentations.
  6. Demonstrate personal skills in time management, self-motivation, and learning through completion of class activities & assignments.
  7. Demonstrate interpersonal skills in teamwork, conflict resolution and workplace ethics.
  8. Develop a professional portfolio.