Courses & Syllabi

  1. CEIE 500 - Land Development Engineering

    Quantitative and qualitative analysis in planning, design, construction, and management of engineering systems and facilities. Introduces policies, programs, and regulations that influence land development, history-enabling legislation, governing and regulating bodies, control of site-plan development, and approval process. Examines structure, function, and purpose of infrastructure systems, and ways in which infrastructure systems design can be achieved. (Note: Credit is not given for both CEIE 400 and 500.)

    Prerequisites:BS in CEIE or permission of instructor.Credits:3
  2. CEIE 501 - Sustainable Development

    Introduction to sustainability concepts and terminology including the development and use of sustainability indices.Exploration of sustainability tools and frameworks such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Resources Guide, and the Natural Step (TNS) Framework.Methods for evaluation of sustainable sites, water/energy efficiency, sustainable materials and resources, and indoor air quality are presented.

    Prerequisites:Graduate standing.Credits:3
  3. CEIE 511 - Introduction to Design and Inventive Engineering

    Engineering creativity and its roots; DaVinci Principles, the Medici Effect, creative environment, engineering method, AI and evolutionary computation in design, collaborative and Internet-based design; evaluation in design; human problem solving; inventive design methods such as constraint search, morphological analysis, brainstorming, Synectics, and TRIZ. Requires group projects using problems provided by industry.

  4. CEIE 550 - Environmental Engineering Systems

    Introduces systems analysis in environmental engineering. Applies linear and dynamic programming, computer modeling, and other systems analysis methodologies to solve environmental engineering problems related to air, soil, and water pollution. Reviews experimental design approaches for the characterization of environmental sites. (Note: Credit is not given for both CEIE 450 and 550.)

    Prerequisites:CEIE 455Credits:3When Offered:Spring
  5. CEIE 555 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering

    Introduces principles of environmental engineering management and design pertaining to water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, air pollution control, noise pollution measurement and control, and environmental impact assessment. (Note: Credit is not given for both CEIE 355 and 555.)

    Prerequisites:NoneCredits:3When Offered:Fall
  6. CEIE 556 - Environmental Law

    Introductory course in the study of environmental laws as they pertain to urban systems infrastructure management. Reviews the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and other environmentally related legislation. Also reviews laws for allocation of surface and groundwater supplies, and reviews environmental law databases.

    Notes: Credit is not given for both CEIE 456 and 556.

    Credits:3When Offered:Spring
  7. EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

    Provides understanding of how environmental issues interact with business strategy decisions. Emphasizes learning about proactive win-win environmental management strategies being implemented by world’s leading firms, and shows how government policies and regulations can be designed to simultaneously promote higher environmental protection and competitiveness. Combines mini lectures, participatory discussions.

  8. GBUS - 550 Strategic Thinking

    Focuses on strategy formulation and implementation. Introduces the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities and focuses on role of strategic managers in generating competitive advantage. This course aspires to impart the participants with the skills necessary and appropriate for strategy, analysis, formulation, implementation, and control.

    Prerequisites:Graduate admission or permission of program director.Credits:3
  9. GBUS - 551 Leadership

    Distinguishes between leadership and management, and focuses on the critical roles and functions of leadership, including communication ability, use of power and influence, providing direction, aligning an organization's systems, motivating a workforce, and creating a culture for effectiveness. Focuses on strategies for developing oneself as an effective leader. Integrates theory, research, and applications.

    Prerequisites:Graduate admission or permission of instructor.Credits:3
  10. GBUS 510 - Engineering Marketing and Financial Analysis

    Provides overview of key ideas and methods used in financial accounting and marketing in the context of applications in engineering. Designed to enable engineering professionals to appreciate business perspectives by developing familiarity with concepts and analytical approaches from accounting (financial statements, difference between cash and accrual approaches, and cost accounting) and marketing (market research, pricing, and branding).

    Prerequisites:Admission to any George Mason graduate engineering program or senior plus standing in a George Mason undergraduate engineering program.Credits:3
  11. GBUS 540 - Analysis of Financial Decisions

    Provides a survey of financial decision-making. Assists students with developing a framework within which they can understand the linkages between financial decisions and organizational performance. Examines methods for using information based on financial statements in making decisions and assessing performance, evaluating investment opportunities, and choosing among alternative sources of funds. Focuses on public firms in the corporate sector as well as applications for privately-held companies and organizations in the government and non-for-profit sectors.

    Prerequisites:Graduate admission or permission of instructor. Credits:3Syllabi:

    GSOM 540 (Spring 2013

  12. GBUS 696 - Directed Studies in Graduate School of Business

    Approval by faculty member and program director required prior to registration. Studies specialized topics in business not otherwise available in the curriculum.

    Prerequisites:Permission of the program director.Credits:1-3
  13. GBUS 697 - Special Topics in Graduate School of Business

    Sections established as necessary to focus on various topical issues that emerge in practice of business.

    Prerequisites:Permission of the program director.Credits:1-3
  14. GBUS 746 - Real Estate Analysis and Valuation

    Overview of real estate assets, markets, and decisions. Emphasizes development of analytical techniques and information required for implementation. Includes legal, economic, and public policy perspectives. (Equivalent to MBA 746)

    Prerequisites:Graduate admission or permission of instructor.Credits:3Syllabi:

    GSOM 746 001 (Fall 2012)
    GSOM 746-001 (Fall 2011)

    GSOM 746-X02 (Summer 2011)

  15. GBUS 747 - Real Estate Finance

    Examines financing of residential and income-producing real estate from perspectives of both suppliers and users of funds. Focuses on financing alternatives, primary and secondary markets, and decision implications of available arrangements. (Equivalent to MBA 747)

    Prerequisites:Graduate admission or permission of instructor.Credits:3Syllabi:

    GSOM 747 (Spring 2011)

  16. GBUS 748 - Real Estate Investment

    Develops frameworks for analyzing decisions about investing in real estate assets. Focuses on acquisition and analysis of information required to evaluate potential performance of assets. Applications of theories and techniques through case studies. (Equivalent to MBA 748)

    Prerequisites:Graduate admission or permission of instructor.Credits:3Syllabi:

    GSOM/MBA 748-001 (Fall 2011)

  17. GGS 550 - Geospatial Science Fundamentals

    Introduces geospatial sciences, emphasizing concepts and theories of cartography, remote sensing, air photo interpretation, Global Positioning Systems, spatial data structures, and geographic information systems. Lectures accompanied by hands-on exercises.

  18. PUBP 602 - Regional Economic Development: Strategies and Applications

    Introduces range of methods for tracking the performance of metropolitan economies, identifying opportunities for economic development, and assessing effectiveness of public and private investments designed to achieve region’s economic growth. Also examines strategies and case results of economic development plans and projects.

  19. PUBP 721 - Transportation Economics

    Provides basis for understanding economics of transport system, and how transportation relates to urban and regional development. Treats transport generically, but includes case studies of specific modes.

  20. PUBP 745 - Transportation and the Environment

    Multidisciplinary examination of implications of transportation and ways public policy has attempted to handle them, and how policy may move in the future. Explores all modes of transportation and most environmental ramifications.

  21. PUBP 781 - Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

    A knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship is employed to link between theories of entrepreneurship and theories of innovation and regional development. Other interconnections are explored at the regional level as firms forge networks, clusters, and specialized markets. The public policy issues of these constructs, including competition policy, industrial policy, and cluster policy, are examined within a regional and global context.

  22. REAL 500 - Real Estate Development Fundamentals

    A comprehensive study of the main elements of the real estate development process. Examines the intricacies between residential, commercial and mixed-use development, and approaches to optimizing each. The value of market research and analysis, determining value propositions of prospective deals, zoning considerations, design and construction issues, and asset management will also be examined.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MS in Real Estate Development program or instructor permissionCredits:3Syllabi:

    REAL 500-001 (Fall 2012)
    REAL 500-001 (Fall 2011)

  23. REAL 502 - Real Estate Client Leadership and Project Management

    A study of the challenges faced by developers, both in terms of client (owner) challenges as well as project challenges. Examines assessment approaches and frameworks to assess clients, including analyzing the maturity of a representative client and identify key approaches to optimizing the relationship of that client. Examines specific project challenges-project assessment frameworks, and improvement approaches.

    Prerequisites:Graduate standing, REAL 500 (or CEIE 580) or permission of instructorCredits:3Syllabi:

    REAL 502-001 (Fall 2010)

  24. REAL 615 - Real Estate Market Analysis and Research

    The course will provide an introduction to the methods used in analyzing real estate markets from the perspective of decision-makers who are considering potential development, investment, or financing decisions. The courses will focus on sources and analysis of data for examining project feasibility and scope, timing and phasing of development, and communicating with prospective financial partners.

  25. REAL 630 - Innovative Land Use, Approvals and Real Estate Development

    Examines the challenges in designing innovative uses for land and balancing those prospective uses with local urban policies and the land development/zoning process. Introduces the entitlements process, the legal considerations of planning and zoning in America, and the language of zoning. Explores the impacts of the different forms of government on the entitlement process.

    Prerequisites:REAL 500, or permission of instructorCredits:3Syllabi:

    REAL 630 001 (Spring 2012)
    REAL 630 (Spring 2011)

  26. REAL 690 - Topics in Real Estate Development

    Explores contemporary issues and challenges in the management and development of real estate. Topics not covered in the regular real estate development offerings. Course content may vary each semester. Course may be repeated with change in topic.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MSRED Program, and completion of core requirements.Credits:1-6Syllabi:

    REAL 690 001 (Fall 2012)
    REAL 690-001 (Fall 2011)

  27. REAL 750 - MSRED Capstone

    The Capstone Project will be the culmination of the master’s program, offered at the end of the program. The course will combine the theoretical teachings from the program with real world, practical situations. Students will apply concepts learned to current development and construction projects in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. One of the sample cases involves the potential future uses of a plot of land in the metro area, a mixed-use high-density area that is slated to undergo significant transformation. The case will request project teams to explore the various options, employing a decision-tree approach to fully analyze the options, and examining the SWOT, local urban management policies, future valuation streams, and environmental impacts of each. A site visit will be required, as well as visits to various developers engaged in similar projects.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MSRED Program, and completion of all other course work.Credits:3
  28. REAL 796 - Directed Reading

    Reading on a specific topic under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated with a change in topic.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MSRED Program, and completion of core requirements.Credits:1-6

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