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Institutional Mission

Southeast Missouri State University provides professional education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and in practical experience.

The University, through teaching and scholarship, challenges students to extend their intellectual capacities, interests, and creative abilities; develop their talents; and acquire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.  Students benefit from a relevant, extensive, and thorough general education; professional and liberal arts and sciences curricula; co-curricular opportunities; and real-world experiences.  By emphasizing student-centered and experiential learning, the University prepares individuals to participate responsibly in a diverse and technologically-advanced world and in this and other ways contributes to the development of the social, cultural, and economic life of the region, state and nation.

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Polytechnic Studies is to:

  • Provide curricula to prepare students for technical and technical management-orientated employment in business, industry, education, and government which is vital to the region and the state. 
  • Prepare students to apply and manage technology to solve practical problems.
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities, instructional programs, experiential learning, and research experiences for students to develop linkages between theory and practice.
  • Provide synergy between traditional classroom teaching and practical “hands-on”  learning using state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for all programs offered in the department. 
  • Encourage and support continuous faculty development in order to encourage faculty to remain current with technology relevant to their instructional areas of responsibility through professional and applied research activities.
  • Utilize faculty and student expertise to provide professional assistance to related businesses and industries in the area.  

Technology Management Program Objectives

The Department of Polytechnic Studies prepares graduates for technical and technical management-oriented professional positions in business, industry, and government.  The curriculum provides for:

  1. Application of theories, concepts, and principles found in the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences, including a thorough grounding in communications skills.
  2. Understanding of theories and the ability to apply principles and concepts of mathematics, science, and computer application for problem solving.
  3. Application of concepts derived from, and current skills developed in, a variety of technical and related disciplines including but not limited to, materials and production processes, industrial management and human relations, marketing, communications, electronics, graphics, computer applications, and industrial safety.
  4. Specialization in a technological field of:  Computer & Multimedia Graphics, Construction Management & Design, Facilities Management, Industrial Management, Technology Management, or Telecommunications & Computer Networking. 

This definition is compatible with the ATMAE definition for Industrial Technology programs.  This definition is reflected on page 61 of the 2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin that states:  "The Technology Management B.S. degrees are accredited by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and prepare technical and technical management-oriented professional for employment in business, industry, education, and government."  If your interests lie in management-oriented technical careers such as implementing computer-controlled systems, solving manufacturing production problems, computer-aided graphic design, or instructing technical subjects, career opportunities are plentiful."

Technology Management Program Core Objectives

The competencies are appropriately coded in all the syllabi under the section of “Purpose and Objectives of the Course."

Technology Management Core Competencies (All Options)

Competency Description
IT-1. Develop a working knowledge of safety standards and apply appropriate safety procedures while at work.
IT-2. Identify and apply the concepts of “quality” as it relates to products and services.
IT-3. Identify and understand supervisory strategies in an industrial enterprise.
IT-4. Understand issues and the impact of science and technology on the society.
IT-5. Complete the research and analysis of work and operations associated with activities in a modern enterprise.
IT-6. Analyze, prepare, and edit various types of technical information encountered in technical & scientific fields.
>IT-7. Analyze data to solve practical problems by applying appropriate mathematical and scientific techniques.
IT-8. Understand programming concepts and application.

Construction Management & Design Option Competencies

Competency Description
CMD-1. Function effectively in a mid-management position in a construction industry.
CMD-2. Identify and read working drawings effectively.
CMD-3. Identify and integrate different type’s construction materials and methods into building systems.
CMD-4. Coordination, supervision, and administration of construction projects.
CMD-5. Apply management theories and concepts to construction practices.
CMD-6. Identify construction occupation hazards and take appropriate action to eliminate them.
CMD-7. Demonstrate proficiency in scheduling construction projects.
CMD-8. Demonstrate proficiency in estimating the cost of construction projects.
CMD-9. Interpret construction contracts relative to legal issues and building codes.
CMD-10. Utilize computers in construction planning, design, scheduling, administration, and cost planning activities.

Telecommunications & Computer Networking Competencies

Competency Description
TCN-1. Understand the state-of-the art technologies, concepts, and design issues in current telecommunications and computer networks.
TCN-2. Understand well-known networking models, standards and protocols, and relate them to practices.
TCN-3. Apply communication theories to solve telecommunications problems.
TCN-4. Demonstrate capability of using software tools and configuring wired/wireless data and voice network devices.
TCN-5. Design, implement, monitor and troubleshoot network functionality, manage network faults and performance.
TCN-6. Apply security principles and technologies to solve security problems in network systems.
TCN-7. Perform server and network administration, backups and proper disaster recovery procedures.

Industrial Management Option Competencies

Competency Description
IM-1. Demonstrate and perform supervisory tasks required of personnel in manufacturing industries for maximizing production efficiencies regarding time, materials, machine, and human resources availability.
IM-2. Develop and perform structured problem solving techniques and be able to utilize principles of consensus in the decision making process.
IM-3. Develop and demonstrate a work ethic consistent with industrial management practices and procedures.
IM-4. Recognize, understand, and utilize human resource management skills such as communication, motivation, team work, cooperation, and the like.
IM-5. Assess and develop production strategy based on the manufacturing process.
IM-6. Demonstrate safe work-habits and explain their importance to the industrial work environment.
IM-7. Explain the importance of proper utilization of new technology to increase productivity.
IM-8. Understand and function effectively in a modern industrial enterprise.

Computer & Multimedia Graphics Competencies

Competency Description
GM-1. Demonstrate utilization of data to produce images for publishing to print or online.
GM-2. Utilize tools of communications to compose and reproduce graphic materials for a variety of communication devices.
GM-3. Demonstrate utilization of software to design and produce high-quality multi-media.
GM-4. Demonstrate the ability to design and create technical drawings necessary for industrial products and applications.
GM-5. Apply knowledge of communication principles to create advanced technical projects.
GM-6. Demonstrate utilization of equipment and software to produce print media.

Technology Management Competencies

Competency Description
TECH-1. Demonstrate competency in a technical area related to industry, including “hands-on” laboratory experiences to insure ability to relate to “how” and “why”.
TECH-2. Develop an understanding of advanced technical skills and principles as they relate to their AAS degree when applicable.
TECH-3. Develop and demonstrate a work ethic consistent with industrial management practices and procedures.
TECH-4. Demonstrate safe work habits and explain their importance to the industrial work environment.
TECH-5. Identify the concept of “quality” as it relates to products and services in the modern industrial enterprise.
TECH-6. Explain the importance of proper utilization of new technology to increase productivity.

Facilities Management Competencies

Competency Description
FM-1. Operate as a productive management entry-level or mid-management team member.
FM-2. Demonstrate ability to integrate people, process and location with FM corporate goals.
FM-3. Comprehend that FM requires operating as a generalist knowing information about many FM duties.
FM-4. Incorporate technology and computers into design, maintenance and record-keeping functions.
FM-5. Recognize the need for researching new innovative FM technologies.
FM-6. Assess the quality appearance of buildings and grounds in relation to occupant’s safety.
FM-7. Utilize a basic understanding of financial budgets.
FM-8. Utilize project management and planning to reach or sustain corporate goals.
FM-9. Communicate professionally and effectively on all management levels.
FM-10. Identify operations and maintenance priorities in addition to preventive maintenance and deferred maintenance concerns.


Polytechnic Building 216
Department of Polytechnic Studies
One University Plaza, MS 6825
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701