Technology MS Manufacturing Systems

Program Purpose


Students who have graduated in manufacturing engineering technology (MET) or related technical areas will find that this specialization is an opportunity to receive advanced preparation in a rapidly growing field. Increased international focus on productivity, quality, and automation has thrust the most advanced concepts of technology and management directly into the manufacturing arena. The critical need for integrating and applying these concepts into manufacturing systems is central to this specialization.

Curricular Structure

In addition to meeting the core requirements for the MS in Technology, MET students will complete 6 classes (18 credits) from the following:

Graduate Catalog

Learning Outcomes


Creative and Analytical Thinking

Demonstrate creative and analytical thinking skills that provide abasis for technological problem solving within their area of emphasis.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly
Leadership, Teamwork, Management and Professionalism

Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of leadership, teamwork, management, and professionalism.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Effective Communication

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Impact of Technology

Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on society.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly
Ethical and Moral Standards

Demonstrate a pattern of living consistent with high ethical and moral standards.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Character
Research

Demonstrate ability to perform rigorous, original research

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Assessment Tools

A valid assessment plan has been developed to address the assessment needs for the School of Technology graduate program. The intent of these internal assessment strategies is to continually enhance graduate education within the School of Technology.

Direct Measures

  1. The School Graduate Committee is responsible to evaluate theses on a two-year basis for content, validity, and overall contribution.
  2. Admissions standards are evaluated on a yearly basis to verify if they are continually consistent with the School's graduate study goals and intents.
  3. Completing students are required to experience an exit interview.

Indirect Measures

  1. Graduates are tracked and surveyed at two and five years out to evaluate credibility to their graduate study experience.
  2. Incoming graduate students are evaluated yearly to understand the demographics of entering students and the validity of our program as it appears to the professional world.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The School of Technology continually monitors the achievement of the degree objectives and learning outcomes for each of the tracks in the MS Technology graduate program, and makes appropriate changes each year. The School of Technology graduate committee meets regularly to discuss graduate program issues, propose changes, and improve student learning. Changes approved in these meetings are implemented through the normal academic processes, as soon as the next cycle of changes permits. The following formal mechanisms are currently in place for evaluating and improving student learning at the graduate level:

 

  1. Institutional reviews of graduate program.

 

  2. Yearly faculty stewardship interviews with department chair.

 

  3. Student feedback from course evaluations.

 

  4. Department advisory board recommendations and feedback.

 

  5. Yearly department retreat.