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ISE Course Descriptions and Syllabi

The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed.
For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

ISE 508 Health Care Operations Improvement (3, Sp)
Improving operations, patient flow, quality and processes.  Students will become familiar with methods for implementing change in health care settings such as hospitals.
: Fall 2011

ISE 510 Advanced Computational Design and Manufacturing (3)
Study advanced concepts behind computational representations, algorithms, and mathematical foundations, and their applications in computer-aided design and manufacturing. Develop hands-on computational skills in team projects. Recommended preparation: bachelor's degree in industrial engineering; programming experience, C++ preferred.
Syllabus: Fall 2009

ISE 511L Computer Aided Manufacturing (3, Fa)
Modern industrial automation, numerical control concepts, programmable controllers, robotics, computer-process interfacing, automated process and quality control, flexible manufacturing systems, introduction to computer-integrated manufacturing systems.
Syllabus: Spring 2008

ISE 513 Inventory Systems (3, Sp)
Deterministic and stochastic demand systems with static/dynamic models. Practice in inventory management, computerized procedures, materials requirements planning, just-in-time production, Kanban systems.
Syllabus: Spring 2007   Spring 2008   Spring 2009   Spring 2010

ISE 514 Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (3, FaSm)
Advanced concepts in production planning and scheduling including resource allocation, lot sizing, flow shop and job shop scheduling, workforce scheduling and assembly line balancing. Recommended preparation: prior knowledge of operations research and probability theory.
Syllabus: Fall 2011

515 Engineering Project Management (3, FaSpSm)
Applying industrial and systems engineering skills to problems drawn from industry, while working in teams of 3-4 students. Teach project management skills and provide direct experience in managing and executing a group project.
Syllabus: Spring 2010 (Benshoof)   Spring 2010 (Dolim)   Fall 2011

517 The Modern  Enterprise System (3, FaSp)
Study of various aspects of integrated manufacturing and service enterprises including management, design and production functions, interfaces and related resources and information systems. Recommended preparation: manufacturing processes, probability, statistics, computer programming.
Spring 2010   Fall 2011

520 Optimization: Theory and Algorithms (3, Fa) 
Conditions for optimality.  Nonlinear programming algorithms for constrained and uncontstrained problems.  Special problems such as quadratic, separable, fractional, geometric programming.
Prerequisite:  MATH 225 or EE 441, or departmental approval.
Syllabus: Fall 2011

525 Design of Experiments (3, Sp)
Develop skills necessary to plan efficient data collection activities. Derive empirical models of physical systems. Perform sequential optimization studies based upon the empirical models.
Syllabus: Spring 2010
  Fall 2011

ISE 527 Quality Management for Engineers (3, Fa)
Principles of quality management, quality philosophies and frameworks, quality leadership and strategic planning, process management, and performance measurements.
Syllabus: Spring 2010   Fall 2011 (Palmer)   Fall 2011 (Booth)

530 Introduction to Operations Research (3, Sp)
Linear programming, integer programming, transportation and assignment problems, networks, dynamic programming, Markovian models, and queueing.
Prerequisite: MATH 225, ISE 220.
Syllabus: Fall 2011

ISE 536 Linear Programming and Extensions (3, Fa)
Linear programming models for resource allocation; simplex and revised simplex methods; duality; sensitivity; transportation problems; selected extensions to large scale, multiobjective, and special structured models.
Prerequisite: MATH 225 or EE 441 or departmental approval.
Syllabus: Fall 2011

538 Elements of Stochastic Processes (3, Sp)
Random variables, stochastic processes, birth-and-deathprocesses, continuous and discrete time Markov chainswith finite and infinite number of states, renewal phenomena, queueing systems.
Syllabus: Fall 2011

SAE 541 Systems Engineering Theory and Practice (3, FaSpSm)
Integration of engineering problem solving methodologies based on systems concepts. Application to complex, large scale technical systems and problems faced by engineeringmanagers. Case studies.
Spring 2007 (Hines)   Spring 2007 (Jackson)   Fall 2008   Spring 2009

SAE 542 Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering (3, FaSp)
Advanced topics in integration software management and systems engineering, probabilistic foundations of decision-based theory, quantitative risk management, decision-based design, and safety aspects of systems engineering.
Prerequisite: ISE 541.
Spring 2007
   Fall 2007 

ISE 544 Management of Engineering Teams (3, FaSp)
Design and management of engineering teams. Group decision-making,motivation, leadership, infrastructural requirements, performance measurement, team diversity, conflict, and integration.
Syllabus: Spring 2010 (Dolim)   Spring 2010 (Morelli)   Fall 2011

545 Technology Development and Implementation (3, Fa)
Principles and practices of technology development and implementation,with application to products and systems in manufacturing and services. 
Syllabus: Fall 2011

ISE 549 Systems Architecting (3, FaSp) 
(Enroll in SAE 549)

SAE 550 Engineering Management of Government-Funded Programs(3, FaSm)

Analysis of risks inherent in managing high-tech/high-cost government-funded engineering programs; tools and techniques for coping with the impacts of politically-driven budgets on the engineering design process.
 Recommended preparation: two years of work experience.
Syllabus: Fall 2006

ISE 555 Invention and Technology Development (3, Sp)
This project-oriented course elaborates on the process of engaging creative thought, tools and techniques for invention, and issues involved in 
bringing inventions to the production phase. Graded CR/NC
Fall 2008   Fall 2011

561 Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects (3, Sp)
Economic evaluations of engineering systems for both government and private industry; quantitative techniques for evaluating non-monetary consequences; formal treatment of risk and uncertainty.
Prerequisite: ISE 460.
Syllabus: Spring 2010   Fall 2011

562 Value and Decision Theory (3, FaSpSm)
Decision making under risk conditions; utility theory; sufficientstatistics; conjugate prior distributions; terminal andpre-posterior analysis; Baysian statistics versus classicalstatistics.
Syllabus: Spring 2010   Fall 2011

ISE 563 Financial Engineering (3, Sp)
Concepts underlying the economic analysis of engineering projects; applications to call and put options; utility theory and mathematical optimization models; and simulation. Recommended preparation: ISE 220 or equivalent course in probability.
Syllabus: Spring 2010   Fall 2011

ISE 565 Law and Finance for Engineering Innovation (3, Fa)
Students will identify, formulate and resolve legal, financial, and ethical issues affecting innovation in engineering organizations, including legal structures, financing, and intellectual property rights. Only open to graduate students.
Syllabus: Fall 2011

ISE 566 Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineers (3, Sp)
Indentification, formulation, and solution of financial accounting problems in engineering enterprises.  Legal context of financial decisions, process cost determination and allocation, financial reports, and reporting systems. Open only to graduate students.
Syllabus: Fall 2007   Spring 2010

ISE 576 Industrial Ecology (3, Fa)
Concepts and methods to analyze the environmental impacts of industrial systems, including life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis, design for environment and sustainable consumption.
Syllabus: Fall 2007   Fall 2009

580 Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation (3, Fa)
Coverage of various stages of simulation processes using a project and case study oriented approach; an introduction toavailable simulation tools and modern simulation concepts.
Prerequisite: ISE 220, ISE 325, ISE 435.
Syllabus: Spring 2007

ISE 583 Enterprise Wide Information Systems (3, FaSp)
The role of enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) in an organization and the task of implementing and managing the IS function.
Spring 2010 (Studer)   Spring 2010 (Vawter)   Fall 2011

585 Strategic Management of Technology (3, FaSp)
Management skills and tools for technology intensive enterprises.  Life cycle analysis of technology from planning through exploitation, obsolescence and renewal.
Spring 2010 (Hoerter)   Spring 2010 (Mann)   Fall 2011

590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm)
Research leading to the master's degree. Maximum units wich may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.
Syllabus: http://www.usc.edu/dept/ise/academics/pdf/directre.pdf

ISE 599 Special Topics(2-4, max 9, Fa)
Course content will be selected each semester to reflect current trends and developments in the field of industrial and systmes engineering.
"Comparative Effectiveness Research in Health Systems" Fall 2009 (Wu)
"Research and Development Portfolio Analysis" Spring 2009 (Smith)
"Research and Development Planning" 
Fall 2008 (Smith)  
"Quality and Cost-Effectiveness Research in Health Systems" Fall 2008 (Wu)
"Research & Development Planning" Fall 2007
"Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineering"
Spring 2007
"Six Sigma for Health Care"
Spring 2007
"Health Care Operations Improvment"
Spring 2006
"Roboust Optimization"
Fall 2004