ENME 607 / ENRE 671 Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management
Spring, 2016, Syllabus

Course Administration

Class Meeting Times: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 - 3:15.
Room: J.M. Patterson (JMP) Room 2222
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 - 2:00, and by appointment.


  1. Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management, John Wiley and Sons, 2015.
  2. Course readings, available on the course web site.
  3. Columbia's Final Mission, Multimedia Case, 9-305-032, Harvard Business School Publishing. Details on ordering to be announced.

Professor Jeffrey W. Herrmann
Office: 0151B Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-5433
email: jwh2@umd.edu
Web page: http://www.isr.umd.edu/~jwh2/jwh2.html.

Course Goals

The objective of this course is for students to learn the key topics in engineering decision-making and risk management so that they can improve decision-making and reduce risk in their engineering activities and organizations.

Course Learning Objectives. At the completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

Course Content

In the course of engineering design, project management, and other functions, engineers have to make decisions, almost always under time and budget constraints. Managing risk requires making decisions in the presence of uncertainty. This course will cover material on individual decision making, group decision making, and organizations of decision-makers. The course will present techniques for making better decisions, for understanding how decisions are related to each other, and for managing risk.

Course Outline


Ethical behavior is important to society, and it is the right thing to do. We are all expected to behave ethically.

Academic integrity is an important value for our community. Because of this, students are expected to have high standards for behavior in this course. All homework assignments must be done individually; students must do their own work on assignments and examinations. If you have any questions about what is acceptable, please ask the instructor.

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. Every student is responsible for upholding these standards for this course and should be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the University of Maryland Honor Pledge, the Student Honor Council, and the Office of Student Conduct, visit http://shc.umd.edu/SHC/Default.aspx and http://osc.umd.edu/OSC/Default.aspx.

To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to sign the Honor Pledge on all examinations and assignments: I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (assignment).


Student grades will be based upon two individual homework assignments, two midterm examinations, and a final examination.

Letter Grades

Each student will earn a letter grade based on mastery of the course learning objectives, measured by the number of course points that the student has earned. Each letter grade (with a plus or minus) requires the following number of course points,

Last updated by Jeffrey W. Herrmann, November 10, 2015.