Industrial Engineering and Management
COURSE STRUCTURE DIAGRAM WITH CREDITS
- 9 CFU - COMPULSORY SUBJECTS, CHARACTERISTIC OF THE CLASS
- 12 CFU
- 9 CFU
For admission to the Master’s Degree course in Management Engineering, students should have a university degree or diploma awarded following a three-year course, or another qualification taken abroad and recognized as equivalent.
Before enrolment, students’ possession of curricular requisites must be verified, along with the level of their personal preparation, according to methods specified below, comprehensively defined in the course’s academic regulations.
1) Curricular requisites
The curricular requisites necessary for enrolment are based on the number of credits attained in groups of scientific subject sectors. The Academic Regulations for the course specify these groups, quantifying the respective credits. Any curricular corrections, in terms of the attainment of further university credits, must be performed before the assessment of individual preparation.
2) Assessment of the level of personal preparation
The assessment of personal preparation is always performed, and it is considered as separate from the possession of curricular requisites. Assessment of individual preparation can be considered as having been performed if the student’s qualification required for access to the Master’s Degree course was attained with a mark not lower than a certain minimum mark stated in the Academic Regulations. If this is not the case, a student’s personal preparation is performed by means of methods described in the Academic Regulations, by a specially-convened Commission for individual interviews, whose results are certified and are valid for successive enrolment.
Any necessary integration of personal preparation must be completed by the student before enrolment. The efficacy of this integration is assessed by means of progress tests regarding the subject matter specifically indicated by the above-mentioned Commission, according to methods specified in the Academic Regulations. These tests do not confer credits that contribute to the attainment of the Master’s Degree.
Key learning outcomes
The Master’s Degree course in Management Engineering was designed with the following specific objectives:
- the creation of a professional with a consolidated training in the area of sectors hallmarking the corporate management system, with its various subdivisions (logistics, manufacturing, marketing, finance, administration and control)
- complementary studies are dedicated to analytical and interpretative models for the nature of supply chain models (supply chain management and extensive information technology systems), and for the analysis of the area in which a company operates (financial system, competitive system, legislative/institutional system).
Master’s Degree graduates in Management Engineering possess consolidated knowledge of the techniques of corporate integration and coordination, together with qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in the process of corporate decision-making.
These advanced tools can be fruitfully applied to the management of production systems and innovation projects, in which the organizational variable plays a critical role. They can also be applied to the management of commercial and financial problems, for which technical and scientific knowledge is essential for efficient operation.
The Master’s Degree course comprises a first year based on subject areas focusing on specific scientific subject sectors such as: business-management engineering, production technology and systems, and industrial engineering plant; further teaching areas comprise techniques and models used in corporate decision-making and information technology systems, in order to further develop the knowledge acquired in previous academic studies, so that the more specialized and applied content of the course can be studied fruitfully the following year.
The second year comprises five syllabus areas, with theoretical and applied work regarding specific sectors and complementary areas concerned with corporate management, the control of innovation processes, the management of energy systems, the management of logistics/manufacturing systems, and industrial automation.
The course is completed by Activities chosen by the student, and Other activities comprising project/laboratory work, with the opportunity of performing practical work, business simulations, and work experience sessions designed to develop professional skills.
An appropriate number of credits is assigned to the planning and implementation of the Master’s Degree dissertation, reflecting the objective of encouraging students’ skills at approaching problems and developing their decision-making and operational independence.
The principal career opportunities made available by the Master’s Degree courses in this class are in the areas of production innovation and development, advanced design, planning and programming, and the management of complex systems, whether as an independent consultant, within manufacturing companies, in the services industries, or in public administration. Master’s degree graduates will find employment opportunities at manufacturing companies, third sector companies, financial brokers, and in public administration, working in the following areas:
- production planning and supervision;
- corporate organization and human resource management;
- company logistics: procurement, transport, distribution;
- supply chain management: vertically-integrated production chain and distribution management with regard to clients and suppliers;
- project management with regard to work on plant, infrastructure, and corporate reorganization projects;
- strategic and operational marketing, both industrial (business-to-business) and in the consumer sector (business-to-consumer);
- administration, industrial accounting and management control, including the analysis of complex company performance parameters;
- corporate finance (ordinary/extraordinary), merchant and investment banking.
- automation of production systems.
The course provides a preparation for the profession of
Industrial and management engineers.
Knowledge and understanding
The knowledge and comprehension skills possessed by Master’s Degree graduates in Management Engineering, when compared with the skills attained in the three-year Degree, enable them to develop a more “systemic” interpretation of the company and the corporate context of operation.
This knowledge is essential for the implementation of analyses and studies of corporate problems, which by nature are markedly “transversal”, in that they call for models of interpretation and original methods of solution based on the concurrent consideration of diverse technological, organizational and strategic variables.
The capability for understanding the interactions between variable factors enables a greater maturity, on the part of Master’s Degree graduates, in the implementation of projects, including industrial research and business plan organization for independent enterprise.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Master’s Degree graduates in Management Engineering are capable of applying traditional and innovative methodologies to solve typical Management Engineering problems. They are also capable of verifying whether the conditions exist for the development of specifically tailored methodologies to problems arising from contexts of turbulence and uncertainty. Such innovative approaches may be derived from a “logical” application of interpretative, technical and practical models derived from heterogeneous specialist methods.
By way of example, Master’s Degree graduates in Management Engineering will be able to utilize qualitative and quantitative techniques, and methods of practical simulation and experimentation, deriving from the engineering and social sciences subject areas.
The academic sequence of the Master’s Degree course accompanies students as they develop an increasing level of independent evaluation in the development of projects, the compilation of reports, and the implementation of various practical tasks in the following areas: the identification of necessary data by means of bibliographical research, the use of data banks, the critical assessment of data to be used and the results obtained from computerized processing tools or from experimental investigations, the use of new technology, and the performance of laboratory analyses both independently and in a group context.
The examples provided help students become accustomed to formulating opinions or taking decisions responsibly, even when information is limited or incomplete, while also highlighting the importance of correct judgement in the interpretation of data and information, supplying the appropriate reasons for the choices and decisions made.
An active educational approach encourages the development of a critical outlook, skills in comparing alternatives, and undertaking professional activities or additional study with a high degree of independence.
The academic profile generated by the Master’s Degree course in Management Engineering complies with the fundamental need for a practical interdisciplinary approach, necessary to take on roles of organization, integration and coordination for company processes which, by nature, involve human resources whose cultural profiles and background are of highly heterogeneous origin.
The practical efficacy of such roles depends to a significant degree on the interpersonal and communication skills which characteristically hallmark these functions.
The independent development of these skills is encouraged by the continuous implementation of design activities within the individual subject areas. The methodological approaches, along with the results obtained, are accompanied by reports and project work, presented directly in the lecture hall. Laboratory activities specifically included as part of the academic course are designed with characteristics that simulate complex decision-making processes, within which students are expected to play specific organizational roles (so-called "role playing").
The level of communication skills attained by students during the course is also assessed at the conferment of the qualification, during the presentation and discussion of the Master’s Degree dissertation.
Final examination, if any
The final examination for the conferment of the qualification consists of a Master’s Degree dissertation, its illustration and discussion, on a subject that necessitates large-scale, challenging design work, performed in one of the subject areas or alternative academic areas in the course.
Candidates’ work should demonstrate their mastery of subject matter, their capability of operating independently, and sufficient communications skills.