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Systems and Industrial Engineering - Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona is dedicated to preparing students, advancing knowledge and providing service to improve the quality of life in our diverse and increasingly technological world. The departmental mission is to:

• Provide high quality education, and a basis for lifelong learning of the engineering and scientific knowledge required for analysis, design, improvement, and evaluation of integrated systems of people, computers, material, and equipment - as embodied in the disciplines of industrial engineering, operations research, systems engineering, engineering management, and like fields.

• Lead in research in key areas within the discipline, with particular relevance to systems of strategic importance to the state and the nation such as manufacturing, telecommunications, transportation, health-care, service, and environmental systems.

• Provide professional service and academic leadership in the disciplines of the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department, within the university, industries, governmental agencies, private and public organizations, and professional societies. The SIE department offers degrees at all levels: BS, MS, and PhD, as follows: BS in Systems Engineering, BS in Industrial Engineering, BS in Engineering Management, MS in Systems Engineering, MS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and PhD in Systems and Industrial Engineering. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

<PhD Program>

By completion of the PhD program in Systems and Industrial Engineering, a student will:

  • (Outcome 1) acquire the fundamental knowledge (statistics, stochastic modeling, optimization, systems theory) in the SIE domain
  • (Outcome 2) develop skills in critical review/analysis of literature in his/her area of research
  • (Outcome 3) formulate and analyze an in-depth original research problem
  • (Outcome 4) effectively communicate ideas and results via written and verbal communication

<MS Programs>

By completion of the MS program in Systems and Industrial Engineering, a student will:

Assessment Activities: 

<PhD Program>

The SIE PhD program requires a student to complete a qualifying exam on SIE fundamental knowledge, written and oral comprehensive exams based on coursework and the student’s proposal for research, and a dissertation defense.  These existing assessment activities are used together with an exit survey to gather program level assessment data.

Attachments
SIE PhD Program Assessment via Oral and Final Defense.pdf
Online Exit Survey for SIE PhD Students.pdf

 

<MS Program>

The SIE MS program (selecting report/thesis options) requires a student to complete a written report/thesis and an oral defense.  These existing assessment activities are used together with an exit survey to gather program level assessment data.

Attachments
SIE MS Program Assessment via Defense.pdf
Online Exit Survey for SIE MS Students.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment Findings: 

In response to its 2014 Academic Program Review, the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) collected data during the academic year 2014-2015, and the results were analyzed in August 2015. The SIE graduate studies committee shared the results with the entire faculty members in an SIE faculty retreat on August 22, 2015. The findings are discussed below.

<PhD Program>

The four outcomes of the PhD program are assessed via two ways: i) the SIE PhD program assessment forms for each PhD student, filled by the PhD committee during the oral comprehensive exam as well as the final dissertation defense; ii) the online exit survey for each PhD student who has graduated.

More specifically, the findings are listed as follows:

  • Outcome 1 is assessed by students’ exit survey (the 1st question). All students found that their experiences in acquiring fundamental knowledge in SIE domain were either excellent or good.
  • Outcome 2 is assessed by 1) assessment forms collected during the oral comprehensive exam (the 1st question) and final defense (the 1st question), and 2) exit survey (the 2nd question). Comparing the results obtained from the oral comprehensive exam and the final defense, the SIE faculty members found that PhD students’ skills in critical review/analysis of literature improved significantly from “neutral” level to “excellent/good” levels. All students believed that their experiences in developing skills in critical review/analysis of literature were either excellent or good.
  • Outcome 3 is assessed by assessment forms collected during the oral comprehensive exam (the 2nd question) and final defense (the 2nd question), and exit survey (the 3rd question). All students believed that their experiences in performing in-depth research were either excellent or good.
  • Outcome 4 is assessed by assessment forms collected during oral comprehensive exam (the 3rd and 4th questions) and final defense (the 3rd and 4th questions), and exit survey (the 4th question). For both written and oral communication skills, improvements are observed from the “oral comprehensive exam” stage to the “final defense” stage. All students believed that their experiences in communicating ideas and results were either excellent or good.
Attachment
Assessment Findings.pdf

 

<MS Programs>

The three outcomes of MS programs were assessed via two ways: i) the SIE MS program assessment forms for each MS student, filled by the MS committee during the final defense; ii) the online exit survey for each MS student who has graduated.

More specifically, the findings are listed as follows:

  • Outcome 1 is assessed by students’ exit survey (the 1st question). All students believed that their experiences in acquiring in-depth knowledge within a particular area of study and complementary knowledge from a related area in SIE were either excellent or good.
  • Outcome 2 is assessed by assessment forms collected during thesis/project defense (the 1st question), and exit survey (the 2nd question). The faculty committee members thought 90% of MS students were excellent or good in conducting original research works, while 90.9% of MS students believed that their performance in original research works were excellent or good.
  • Outcome 3 is assessed by assessment forms collected during thesis/project defense (the 2nd and 3rd questions), and exit survey (the 3rd question). The faculty members thought 65% of MS students could effectively communicate ideas and results in both write-ups and oral presentations, while 95.5% of MS students believed that their communication skills were excellently or good.
Attachment
Assessment Findings.pdf

 

Change in Response to Findings: 

In response to its 2014 Academic Program Review, the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) collected the data during the academic year 2014-2015, and the results were analyzed in August 2015.

During the department faculty retreat on August 22, 2015, the findings from assessments were discussed, and the overall assessment findings on both the PhD program and MS programs were positive.  However, a few changes were suggested by the SIE faculty in 1) collecting the data, 2) performing the assessments, and 3) implementing the improvements:

  • Faculty members, staff member (the graduate program advisor), and graduate students will continue to work together so that the assessment process will become a concrete and standard one in collecting data for each PhD/MS student when she/he enters, stays, and exits the programs.
  • It was suggested for faculty members to be more strict and consistent in evaluating students’ performance, especially during the final defense (MS or PhD).
  • The SIE graduate committee members will evaluate the statement of each student in his/her application package. This will allow us to compare performance of students in “effectively communicate ideas and results” when they enter the program, and when they leave the program (“Outcome 4” for the PhD program and “Outcome 3” for the MS programs).
  • The graduate studies committee of the SIE department will consider adding another direct assessment activity to measure each of the outcomes in the MS program.
  • The graduate program advisor will assume the responsibility for organizing the collected data into an excel file.  The SIE graduate studies committee (chair or member) will assume the responsibility for developing statics, which will support assessment findings. The graduate studies committee is also responsible for implementing identified improvement items.
  • The graduate studies committee will assume the responsibility for overseeing all assessment activities at the graduate level, sharing analysis results, and leading programmatic changes based on the analysis.
Updated date: Tue, 08/23/2016 - 04:42