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Program Objectives

Our objective is to prepare students for successful careers by teaching students to:
  1. Describe the essential components and inter-connective relationships within complex systems.
  2. Design and execute experiments and create mathematical, numerical, heuristic, and other objective models.
  3. Understand the innovations that form the building blocks of the modern technological world.
  4. Generate and validate solutions to a problem.
  5. Work with others in a collaborative environment and contribute to the success of an organization.
  6. Clearly articulate and communicate findings.
  7. Understand contemporary developments in the field.
  8. Describe the principles for managing and operating production systems within their area of emphasis.

These objectives are reflected in the following skills acquired by our undergraduates.

Skills Acquired by USC ISE Undergraduates

Program Outcome Course
Completion of an integrated design project with industry 495
Computational architectures for enterprise integration 382
Design and implementation of a database application using single user database software 382
Design of distribution and supply chain systems 310
Design processes 440,470,495
Environment in design (noise, illumination, etc.) 370,470
Ergonomic risk factors 370,470
Factory floor scheduling for flowshops and jobshops 410
Human cognitive and perceptual abilities 370,470
Human Control of Systems 370,470
Information technology and organizational performance 440
Integrated production planning and control 410
Introduction to Client-server architectures 382
Layout of job shops and production lines; material flow system design 310,435
Manufacturing strategy, from mass production to mass customization 440
Process planning and schedule design 232,310
Technology implementation 440


Program Outcome Course
Algorithm design CSCI 101L
Application of linear algebra and matrix theory 330
Computation of compounded interest and evaluation of inflation 460
Computation of expectation, variance and standard deviation from probability functions 220
Data acquisition, model construction, experiment design, simulation output analysis 435
Data analysis, probability distributions software 105,225,426
Data collection and analysis 225,232,435
Data modeling, relational models and database design 382
Design of single and multi-factor experiments; analysis of variance 225,435
Differential calculus Math 125
Discrete time and continuous Markov chains 331
Economic analysis of projects techniques and software, including benefit/cost, return on investment, present work, future worth, cash flow equivalence 460
Facility layout techniques and software; space and activity relationships 310, 435
Financial and managerial accounting 460, Acct 410x
Gantt charts 410
Graphical and mathematical (LP,IP) models for aggregate production planning 310,330,410
High-level programming language 435,CSCI101L
Information input (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) 370,470
Integral calculus and infinite series Math 126
Job design 370,440
Knowledge of important discrete, continuous & sampling probability distributions 220
Linear algebra and linear differential equations Math 225
Material requirements planning 310,410
Methods for evaluating depreciation and after-tax cash flows 460
Microeconomics 460, Econ 203
Mulituser database software 382
Multiple linear regression 225,410
Multivariate differential and integral calculus Math 226
Object oriented modeling 382
Optimization algorithms and software 330
Organizational mapping and design 440
Parameter estimation and statistical inference 225
Program correctness and verification 435,CSCI 101L
Simulation of discrete systems and simulation software 435
Site location techniques and geographic information system software 310
Time series forecasting methods 410
Univariate and multivariate random variables and functions of random variables 220
Work flow analysis and machining requirements planning 310
Worker characteristics, motivation and rewards 440


Program Outcome Course
Classical mechanics and thermodynamics Phys 151L
Electricity and magnetism Phys 152L
Elementary engineering drawings and computer aided design 232,310
Exposure to manufacturing and warehouse sites via visits 105,232
General chemistry Chem 105aL
Methods and technologies for material handling; warehouse operations 310
Science and Technology GE IV


Program Outcome Course
Assignment optimization algorithms 330
Branch-and-bound method of integer programming 310
Breakeven analysis 310, 460
Engineering and business ethics & professionalism 105,440,495
Inventory planning, including order quantity, reorder point, ABC Analysis 410
Linear programming duality theory and sensitivity analysis 330
Network algorithms: maximum flow and minimum cost flow algorithms 330
Network algorithms: shortest path and minimum spanning tree algorithms 330
Queueing model analysis with Poisson arrivals 331
Selection among alternatives in engineering decisions, such as replacement, technology alternatives, investments 460
Simplex method for optimizing linear programs 330
Transportation and assignment algorithm 330


Program Outcome Course
Project management tools 105,495
Team projects and leadership 105,440,470,495
Virtual organizations, Design of work teams and concurrent engineering 440
Virtual teaming 410


Program Outcome Course
Analytical and argumentative writing Writ 140
Business communication, including memoranda 105,232,440,495
Conflict resolution 440
Presentation of results using graphical tools 105,495
Presentation of results using graphical tools 410,435,495
Project report documenting design projects 105,310,382,410,426,435,495
Technical writing Writ 340


Program Outcome Course
Arts and Letters Gen Ed V
Non-western Cultural Tradition Gen Ed II
Report on original research, requiring literature search 370,440
Social Issues GE VI
Western Cultural Tradition Gen Ed I


Program Outcome Course
Acceptance sampling for attributes and variables 426,435
Casting, machining, forming and welding processes 232
Computer users and their differences 470
Control charts for variables and attributes 426
Data structures, data organization, data access CSCI 102L, IOM 435
Direct manipulation and virtual environments 435,470
Electronic manufacturing & rapid prototyping 232
Information visualization 435,470
Interface theories and principles 470
Measurement capability (Gage R&R) study 426
Menu selection and dialog 470
Natural language interfaces 470
Network analysis, semiconductors, amplifiers, modulation, and switching EE 326L
On-line quality control 232
Performance ratings, standard times, work sampling and allowances 370
Physical arrangement of work spaces; software for manual material handling 370,435
Polymer and composite material processing; material properties 232
Process capability analysis 426
Software development and management 435, CSCI 201, IOM 431, IOM 433
Time and motion study and task analysis 370
Total Quality Management principles 426
Understanding of modern tools for information systems engineering CS,ITP,IOM electives
Usability testing, survey and evaluation 470
Work methods and motion economy; human dimensions and capabilities SW 370