2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Business and Technology Management, B.S.
Academic and Administrative Program Director: Bohdan Hoshovsky
Goals and Objectives
The Bachelor of Science in Business and Technology Management (BTM) Program is anchored on certain overarching themes, including:
- Achieving prowess through innovation, technology management and entrepreneurship.
- Leading based on a broad understanding of technology’s role in the modern enterprise.
- Developing a global perspective of modern value creation.
- Committing oneself to service to the community.
- Adhering to the highest ethical standards.
- Obtaining practical exposure-through internships, speakers, on-site visits in New York City, etc.-to the latest best practices in management, especially as related to technology and innovation management and entrepreneurship.
BTM is oriented toward current and future arenas where high growth occurs. The program assumes that modern business leaders must be deeply familiar with technology and innovation. Those who have such knowledge are likely to have a distinct advantage and prosperous and satisfying careers. When appropriate, these leaders also can leverage entrepreneurship in diverse venues. The BTM Program prepares students to become such leaders.
BTM also provides students with relevant professional management education and effective approaches related to technology, innovation and information management and entrepreneurship. In other words, BTM creatively fuses modern business administration with state-of-the-art technology management.
The BTM Program also offers rigorous training in the qualitative, quantitative and innovative aspects of technology and innovation management. All courses nurture a broad managerial background along with specific application of ideas and practices relevant to the world of technologically innovative goods and services.
The art and science of management also demand that practitioners communicate ideas effectively. Therefore, as central components of the BTM learning experience the program emphasizes spoken and written presentations in individual, team, classroom and field internship settings.
Students completing BTM are prepared to succeed in a variety of positions-such as technology project leaders, technology entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology finance controllers, technology and IT analysts for various organizations, consultants in professional-services firms, marketing and business-unit managers for new products and services, and a variety of other exciting roles. BTM graduates work in large and small companies and they excel at jobs that require a cross-functional understanding of both technology and the motivational, financial, innovative and international challenges that need to be met for innovation to succeed. BTM students are also well prepared for advanced professional studies in management, such as in a MS in Management, MBA, or MS in MOT, program, as well as more scholarly and research oriented programs, such as PhD studies.
Management courses are taught using a variety of pedagogical methods.
- Theory-led teaching
- Case-method education
- Project-based and team-based teaching
- Action learning in the field
Teaching based on exposition of theory is often relevant to technology management classes. Case-method teaching emphasizes real-world business experiences and challenges students to draw general principles from many examples. Project-based and team based education is experiential; students learn by doing, much as they would in a natural sciences laboratory class. Learning by doing in the field is also encouraged. It is very common in management courses for all pedagogical approaches to be employed.
The BTM Program requires 127 or 128 credits for graduation. Key characteristics* of this curriculum include:
- 56 credits in management
- 32 credits in courses in humanities and social sciences
- 12 credits in courses in mathematics
- 8 credits in “restricted” electives chosen from math, science, social sciences and humanities
- 7 credits in science
- 4 credits in computer science
- 4 credits in a “technical” elective
- 1 credit in the Engineering and Technology Forum
- 3 or 4 credits Free Elective
*Please see the Typical Course of Study for the BS in BTM Program at the end of this section.
Currently, all management courses for the BS in BTM are each 4 credits except for two courses at 2 credits. This current curriculum accommodates 4-credit courses in humanities and social sciences, as well as 3-credit courses in the sciences.
BTM courses are numbered with the following schema:
- The first digit of a course number corresponds to the year in which a BTM student would take the course (1 = first year, etc.)
- The second digit reflects the primary nature of the course material. Courses numbered with a second digit of
“0” are focused primarily on processes in management
“1” are oriented toward organizational behavior
“2” are quantitative in nature
“3” describe a firm’s relationships with external forces
“4” study innovation
“5” are capstone courses
“6” are Internship and Service courses
Thus, MG-UY 3304 Introduction to Supply Chain Management is a 4-credit junior-year course focusing on external relationships.
Students in this degree program may direct their study in one of two areas of concentration, which focus on particular issues and strategies that apply to business and technology management:
- Technology Innovation and Strategy enables students to develop effective skills for conducting strategic analysis addressing marketing, logistics, channel and operations managements issues, as well as relevant best business practices in the technological arena.
- Technology and Innovation in Finance prepares students to understand financial theory and how firms use modern finance for strategic and tactical decision-making.
Candidates who choose the first concentration complete MG-UY 3304 (Introduction to Supply Chain Management) in their 6th semester and MG-UY 4004 (Management Strategy in Technology Sectors) in their 7th semester. Students electing the Technology and Innovation in Finance concentration of study take MG-UY 3214 (Advanced Corporate Finance) and MG-UY 4204 (Management Science) at these points in their careers as students.
To remain in good standing, candidates for the degree BS-BTM must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to NYUPoly requirements for a minimum term and cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses:
- An average of C (2.0) or better in all MG courses must be maintained.
- A course in which the grade of I is received may not be used to satisfy any prerequisites until the incomplete is resolved.
(Including Thesis and Honor’s Thesis)
Students who earn a 3.6 cumulative GPA or better in MG courses through their junior year of study qualify for honors senior project capstone courses. These students are also free to not elect this project sequence.
As part of the Honor’s Capstone course, students who earn a 3.6 cumulative GPA or better in MG courses through their junior year qualify for an optional MG-UY 4904 BS Thesis in Business and Technology Management and follow the guidelines as outlined in the Academic Policies and Degree Requirements section of this catalog. They are advised to meet with the BTM Program Director before completing their junior year.
Curricula and prerequisite changes, new courses, special sections and other special announcements are posted in the Department of Technology, Management and Innovation office suite and on the program’s website at http://engineering.nyu.edu. Students are responsible for keeping informed, tracking their progress and are encouraged to visit the BTM Program Director regularly.