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Technology Systems Management100 |200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |500 |600 |
(Administered by the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering)
Rameshwar Kanwar, Chair of Department
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering offers work for the bachelor of science degree with majors in agricultural systems
technology and industrial technology, (see College of Agriculture, Curricula).
Missions: The mission of the Agricultural
Systems Technology program is to prepare women and men for careers that integrate and apply agricultural and biosystems engineering technology
to manage human and natural resource systems for producing, processing, and marketing food and other biological products worldwide.
The mission of the Industrial Technology is to prepare women and men for careers that integrate and apply industrial technology to lead
and manage human, manufacturing, and safety systems.
Objectives: At two to five years after undergraduate graduation, through the professional practice in technology, graduates should:
2. Have developed skills necessary to contribute to the design process; including the abilities to think creatively, to formulate
problem statements, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information, and to evaluate and implement problem solutions.
3. Be capable of addressing issues of ethics, safety, professionalism, cultural diversity, globalization, environmental impact, and social and economic
impact in professional practice.
4. Have demonstrated continuous professional and technical growth, with practical experience, so as to be licensed in their field or achieve that level of expertise, as applicable.
5. Have demonstrated the ability to:
Outcomes: At the time of graduation, students of the Agricultural Systems Technology or Industrial Technology programs
Graduates have developed and demonstrated workplace competencies,
and have completed a professional internship. They are able to communicate effectively, have problem-solving skills and awareness of
global, economic, environmental and societal issues.
Agricultural Systems Technology graduates have the ability to
apply science and technology to problems related to agriculture; they manage complex agricultural systems for sustainability.
They find careers within a variety of agriculturally-related industries, businesses, and organizations, including: agricultural
machinery, environment, government, farm builders, grain, feed, seed, fertilizer, chemical, food, biorenewable resources, and production
Industrial Technology graduates understand commonly-used manufacturing processes, lean manufacturing principles,
continuous improvement, quality management, safety, regulatory issues affecting manufacturing, and the properties of manufacturing materials.
They find careers within a variety of industries, businesses, and organizations focusing in manufacturing (e.g., quality control,
production supervision, and process and facility planning) or occupational safety (e.g., development, management, and evaluation of
safety programs and systems; and hazard identification and mitigation).
Certificate: The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering offers a undergraduate certificate in occupational safety
which may be earned by completing a minimum
of 20 credits of technology systems management courses, which includes TSM 27, 272,370, 372, 470, and 493D, plus an additional 6 credits from
a departmentally approved list.
Minors: The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering offers a minor in
agricultural systems technology which may be earned by completing a minimum of 15 credits of technology systems management courses, which
includes TSM 115 and 210, plus an additional 9 credits from a departmentally approved list.
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering also offers a minor in industrial technology which may be earned by
completing a minimum of 18 credits of technology systems management courses, which includes TSM 115 and 210, plus an additional 12 credits
from a departmentally approved list.
For the undergraduate curriculum in agricultural systems technology leading to
the degree of bachelor of science or for the undergraduate curriculum in industrial technology leading to the degree of bachelor of science,
see College of Agriculture, Curricula.
The department also offers an undergraduate curricula and courses in agricultural
engineering, biological systems engineering, see College of Engineering, Curricula.
The department offers work for the degrees master of science, and doctor of philosophy with a major
in industrial and agricultural technology. It cooperates in the interdepartmental programs in professional agriculture, sustainable agriculture,
environmental sciences, biorenewable resources and technology, and human computer interaction.
The master's program prepares advanced practicing professionals for industrial and/or agricultural technology positions in industry,
business, and public service; it also provides a sound foundation for further graduate study. The doctoral program prepares exemplary industrial
and/or agricultural technology professionals for learning, discovery, engagement, and leadership roles in education, industry, business, and public
The department also offers work for the degrees master of science, master of engineering, and doctor
of philosophy with a major in agricultural engineering. See College of Engineering, Curricula.
Visit our departmental
website at www.abe.iastate.edu.
Courses primarily for undergraduate students
TSM 110. Introduction to Technology. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.Prereq: AST and I Tec majors only or permission of instructor. Team-oriented introduction to agricultural systems technology and industrial technology. Report writing, internships, careers, competencies, academic success strategies, industry visits, transition to academic life.
TSM 111. Experiencing Technology. (0-2) Cr. 1. S.Prereq: AST or I Tec majors only or permission of instructor. Laboratory-based, team-oriented experiences in a spectrum of topics common to the practice of technology. Report writing, internships, competencies, portfolios, industry visits.
TSM 112. Orientation to Learning and Productive Team Membership. (Cross-listed with Aer E, FS HN, Hort, NREM). (2-0) Cr. 2. F.Introduction to developing intentional learners and worthy team members. Learning as the foundation of human enterprise; intellectual curiosity; ethics as a personal responsibility; everyday leadership; effective team and community interactions including team learning and the effects on individuals; and growth through understanding self, demonstrating ownership of own learning, and internalizing commitment to helping others. Intentional mental processing as a means of enhancing learning. Interconnectedness of the individual, the community, and the world.
TSM 114. Developing Responsible Learners and Effective Leaders. (Cross-listed with FS HN, Hort, NREM). (2-0) Cr. 2. S.Focus on team and community. Application of fundamentals of human learning; evidence of development as a responsible learner; intentional mental processing as a habit of mind; planning and facilitating learning opportunities for others; responsibility of the individual to the community and the world; leading from within; holding self and others accountable for growth and development as learners and leaders.
TSM 115. Solving Technology Problems. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: Math 140 or higher (can be taken concurrently). Solving technology problems and presenting solutions through technical reports. Unit conversions, unit factor method, SI units, significant digits, graphing and curve fitting. Use of spreadsheet programs to solve and present technology problems.Solution of technology problems using computer programming languages.
TSM 116. Introduction to Design in Technology. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S.2D projections and 3D representations of objects, national and international standards for documentation, manufacturing processes, design projects, and teamwork. Free-hand sketching techniques and parametric solid modeling will be covered.
TSM 201. Entrepreneurship and Internship Seminar. (Cross-listed with A E, BSE). (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S.Prereq: Sophomore classification in AE, AST, or I Tec. 8 week course. Overview of the entrepreneurial process and its importance in the economy and the engineering/ technical workplace. Preparation for internship experiences. Relationship of workplace competencies to entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and internships; portfolios.
TSM 210. Fundamentals of Technology. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: 115 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent, Math 140 or higher. Introduction to problem solving related to fundamental agricultural and/or industrial technology systems. Basic laws of energy, force, and mass applied to technology systems such as: mechanical power transmission; equipment calibration; environmental and natural resources; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical circuits. Using the time value of money to make economic decisions.
TSM 216. Advanced Technical Graphics, Interpretation, and CAD. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: 116. Advanced design systems incorporating 2D and 3D design and productivity tools for use in manufacturing settings. Topics include: Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, 3D models, welding symbols, advanced visualization, design modeling of parts and assemblies, feature based design. Use of AutoCAD and parametric modeling software.
TSM 240. Introduction to Manufacturing Processes. (1-4) Cr. 3. F.A study of selected materials and related processes used in manufacturing. Lecture and laboratory activities focus on materials, properties, and processes. This includes plastics and metals.
TSM 270. Principles of Injury Prevention. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Basic foundations of injury causation and prevention in home, motor vehicle, public, and work environments.
TSM 272. Occupational Safety Management. (2-0) Cr. 2. F.Introduction to occupational safety and health administration and management. Focus on development and management of safety programs and obtaining employee involvement in occupational safety programs.
TSM 276. Fire Protection and Prevention. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.An overview of the current problems and technology in the fields of fire protection and fire prevention, with emphasis on industrial needs, focusing on the individual with industrial safety responsibilities.
TSM 301. Leadership and Ethics Seminar. (Cross-listed with A E, BSE). (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S.Prereq: 201. 8 week course. Leadership and ethics experiences through case studies and seminar presentations by practitioners. Relationship of workplace competencies to leadership and ethics; portfolios.
TSM 310. Total Quality Improvement. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Stat 101 or 104, junior classification. Introduction to the fundamental concepts of TQM - Deming style of management, statistical studies to understand the behavior of products, processes, or services, and how to define and document processes and customer focus. Introduction to continuous improvement tools and methods - DMAIC, SPC, and Design of experiments; emphasis on team work and problem solving skills.
TSM 322. Preservation of Grain Quality. (2-3) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Math 140 or higher. Principles and management for grain quality preservation. Grain drying and storage. Fans and airflow through grain. Grain handling methods and system planning. Grain quality measurement and end-use value analysis.
TSM 324. Soil and Water Conservation Management. (2-3) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Math 140 or 160. Introduction to engineering and conservation principles applied to the planning of erosion control systems, water control structures, water quality management, and drainage and irrigation systems.
TSM 325. Biorenewable Systems. (Cross-listed with A E, Agron, An S, BusAd, Econ). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Econ 101, Chem 155 or higher, Math 140 or higher. Converting biorenewable resources into bioenergy and biobased products. Biorenewable concepts as they relate to drivers of change, feedstock production, processes, products, co-products, economics, transportation/logistics, and marketing.
TSM 327. Animal Production Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 210. Confined animal feeding operations. Environmental controls for animal production. Response of animals to the environment. Heat and moisture balance in animal housing. Ventilation, water, feed handling, air pollution, odor and waste management systems.
TSM 330. Agricultural Machinery and Power Management. (2-3) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: 210, Math 142 or 160. Selection, sizing, and operational principles of tractors and machinery systems. Cost analysis and computer techniques applied to planning and management of agricultural machine systems. Principles, operation, and application of agricultural machinery.
TSM 333. Precision Farming Systems. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Math 140 or 160, junior or senior classification. Geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Sampling strategies for precision farming. Building prescriptions and recommendations. Systems for precision farming, equipment, software uses, legal and social issues, and economics. Only one of TSM 333 and 433 may count toward graduation.
TSM 335. Tractor Power. (3-3) Cr. 4. F.Prereq: 210, Math 142. Theory and construction of tractor engines, mechanical power trains and hydraulic systems. Introduction to traction, chassis mechanics, and hydraulic power.
TSM 337. Fluid Power Systems Technology. (2-2) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 210. Fundamental fluid power principles. Fluid properties. Function and performance of components such as pumps, valves, actuators, hydrostatic transmission and continuously variable transmissions. Basic analysis of fluid power systems. Introduction to electrohydraulics.
TSM 340. Advanced Automated Manufacturing Processes. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 216, 240. NC programming operations for CNC mills and lathes. Transfer of parts descriptions into detailed process plans, tool selection, and NC codes. Computer assisted CAD/CAM NC programming for 2D/3D machining.
TSM 363. Electric Power and Electronics for Agriculture and Industry. (3-3) Cr. 4. F.Prereq: 210, Physics 112. Basic electricity. Electrical safety, wiring, 3-phase service, controls, and motors for agricultural and industrial applications. Planning building electrical systems. Electronics to sense, monitor, and control mechanical processes: semiconductors, digital logic circuits; speed, pressure, position, temperature, and moisture sensors. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 370. Occupational Safety. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 270, junior standing. Identifies safety and health risks in industrial work environments. Focus on how managers and supervisors meet their responsibilities for providing a safe workplace for their employees. Includes the identification and remediation of workplace hazards. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 372. Legal Aspects of Occupational Safety and Health. (2-0) Cr. 2. F.Prereq: 272. Legal implications of legislation as it applies to health and safety in the workplace. Includes OSHA regulations, worker's compensation, and workplace liability.
TSM 397. Internship in Technology. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: At least 45 credits of coursework, in AST or I Tec major, and approval of internship coordinator. A supervised work experience in an approved learning setting with application to technology practices and principles. Reporting during work experience and self and employer evaluation required. Minimum GPA requirement.
TSM 399. Work Experience in Technology. Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: 397 and approval of instructor. Written reports and reflection on work experience. A maximum of 4 credits of TSM 399 maybe be used toward the total credits required for graduation.
TSM 401. Professionalism Seminar. (Cross-listed with A E, BSE). (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S.Prereq: 301. 8 week course. Examination of professionalism in the context of engineering and technology. Time, project and personnel management. Communications and professional portfolios. Professional licensure. Transition to professional careers.
TSM 408. Interdisciplinary Problem Solving. (Cross-listed with I E, E E). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: Junior or senior classification. Use of the Theory of Constraints as a way of approaching problem solving, win-win negotiation, project planning and effective delegation in the context of engineering/business systems. Team projects aimed at improving design outcomes. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 409. Interdisciplinary Systems Effectiveness. (Cross-listed with I E, E E). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.SS.Prereq: Junior or senior classification. Focus on functions that determine the effectiveness of an entire organization. Generic Theory of Constraints solutions to production, distribution, and project management are compared to traditional solutions. Strategy for improvements discovered using simulations. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 415. Technology Capstone I. (1-2) Cr. 2. F.S.Prereq: senior classification. Team development, communications, and responsibilities. Identification of current technological problems in agricultural and industrial systems. Development of alternate solutions using creativity, critical analysis, and planning techniques.
TSM 416. Technology Capstone II. (1-2) Cr. 2. F.S.Prereq: 415. Selection of promising potential solutions to technology problems identified in 415 for development and analysis by student teams. Presentation of project through oral presentations, written reports, and working prototypes.
TSM 424. Impacts of Agriculture on Water Quality. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Math 140 or 160, one of the following: 324, Agron 154. Water use and water quality standards; characteristics of surface and groundwater resources; types of agricultural water pollutants and their impacts on water quality; how agricultural pollutants move and enter water resources; management practices to reduce ag pollutant movement and protect water resources. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 433. Precision Farming Systems Advanced Concepts and Applications. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Math 140 or equivalent, admission to Master of Agriculture program. Technologies for precision resource management. Geospatial information technologies for precision agriculture (geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote sensing systems). Sensing and sampling strategies in precision agriculture. Building input recommendations. Systems for precision agriculture, equipment, software uses, legal and social issues, and production economics. Advanced concepts and the future of precision agriculture. Only one of TSM 333 and 433 may count toward graduation. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 440. Cellular Lean Manufacturing Systems. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S.Prereq: 310, 340. Reviews principles and concepts required for cellular manufacturing system design to meet customer demand in production, quality, on-time delivery, and continuously reducing manufacturing cost. Emphasis on applying lean manufacturing principles, simulation techniques, and Kaizen methodologies with hands-on projects.
TSM 443. Statics and Strength of Materials for Technology. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: AE 271 or 272; Phys 111. Application of standard analytic and computer based techniques of solving problems related to force and moments. The properties of materials and how to select appropriate materials for a particular design is reviewed.
TSM 444. Facility Planning. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 216 and 240; Stat 101 or 104. Principles and practices in designing, evaluating, and organizing existing facilities or creating new facilities. Emphasis on AutoCAD-based new facility design project - product design, production flow analysis, activity relationship analysis, layout deployment, materials handling, office and other service requirement design, and the necessary cost analysis for the new facility.
TSM 445. Polymer and Composite Processing. (2-2) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 240 or equivalent. Design and production of plastic parts including thermoplastics and thermoset/composites. A study of plastic properties and their relationships to processing parameters and control techniques. Applying advanced CAE technology to check process feasibility, determine optimal process conditions, evaluate part and mold designs, and estimate the cost of plastic injection processes.
TSM 465. Automation Systems. (2-2) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 363. Theory and applications of automation systems. Emphasizes features, capabilities, design and programming skills of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based industrial control systems. Introduction to industrial robots and sensors.
TSM 470. Industrial Hygiene: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Hazards. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 272; Math 160 or higher. A qualitative and quantitative introduction to health effects of chemical, biological, and physical hazards in a workplace. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 471. Safety Laboratory. (0-2) Cr. 1. S.Prereq: 470 (can be taken concurrently). Introduction to equipment, methods, and strategies to measure, evaluate, control, and research hazards and risk in the workplaces.
TSM 477. System Safety Analysis. (Dual-listed with 577). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Math 160, Stat 101 or 104. System safety focuses on developing a safety oriented pattern of thinking that is appropriate for today's complex systems. The tools that will be gained in this course will be helpful in recognizing, understanding, and analyzing hazards and risks in modern complex systems.
TSM 481. Conversion of Lignocellulosic Materials. (Cross-listed with For). (2-3) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: For 280 or TSM 210 or A E 215 or equivalent. Conversion of Lignocellulosic Materials. (Cross-listed with TSM.) (2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 280 or TSM 210 or A E 216 or equivalent. Chemical properties of lignocellulosic materials. Wood chemistry. Various conversion processes. Pulp and paper technology. Biobased products. Other fiber products. Cellulose derivatives. Term paper and/or student project required for graduate level. Nonmajor graduate credit.
TSM 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable.Prereq: Junior or senior classification, permission of instructor, and completion of an independent study contract and approval by department. A maximum of 4 credits of TSM 490 may be used toward the total credits required for graduation.
TSM 491. Seed Science Internship Experience. (Cross-listed with Agron, Hort). Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Agron 338, advanced approval and participation of employer and instructor. A professional work experience and creative project for seed science secondary majors. The project requires prior approval and participation of the employer and instructor. The student must submit a written report.
TSM 493. Workshop in Technology. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable.Offered as demand warrants.
Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students
TSM 540. Advanced Design and Manufacturing. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Application of six sigma philosophy to advance product design and process control. Application of value steam mapping to the existing manufacturing system to develop future continuous improvement plans. Application of Taguchi Parameter design methodologies for optimizing the performance of manufacturing processes. Application of Taguchi Tolerance Design methodologies for product design.
TSM 541. Comprehensive Modern Manufacturing Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. SS.Prereq: Permission of instructor. The study, design, and implementation of PULL manufacturing systems and their integration with functions of the production system for the manufacture of superior quality, low cost products. Topics include lean manufacturing system design, cost estimation/justification, JIT manufacturing, integrated quality and process control, automation, and CAD/CAM.
TSM 545. Manufacturability of Plastics. (2-2) Cr. 3.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Overview of current business environment and issues related to design for manufacturability of plastic products. Provide understanding of available materials and processes in manufacturing plastic parts. Utilize injection molding for an in-depth study of five elements for making successful plastic products; consumer input, part design, mold design, material selection, and manufacturing process. Computer-aided engineering exercises and laboratory practices included.
TSM 575. Safety and Public Health Issues in Modern Society. (2-0) Cr. 2.Exploration and analysis of current safety and public health issues impacting society. The focus will be on topics that impact individuals in work, public, and home environments.
TSM 577. System Safety Analysis. (Dual-listed with 477). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Math 160, Stat 101 or 104. System safety focuses on developing a safety oriented pattern of thinking that is appropriate for today's complex systems. The tools that will be gained in this course will be helpful in recognizing, understanding, and analyzing hazards and risks in modern complex systems.
TSM 590. Special Topics in Technology. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable.Prereq: Graduate classification in industrial and agricultural technology, permission of instructor, and completion of an independent study contract approved by major professor.
TSM 593. Workshop in Technology. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.Prereq: Permission of instructor.
TSM 598. Technical Communications for a Master's Degree. (Cross-listed with A E). Cr. 1. F.S.SS.A technical paper draft based on the M.S. thesis or creative component is required of all master's students. This paper must be in a form that satisfies the requirements of some specific journal and be ready for submission. A technical presentation based on M.S. thesis or creative component is required of all master's students. This presentation must be in a form that satisfies the normal presentation requirements of a professional society. The presentation itself (oral or poster) may be made at a professional society meeting or at any international, regional, state, or university conference/event as long as the presentation content and form conforms to normal expectations. Satisfactory-fail only.
TSM 599. Creative Component. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.A discipline-related problem to be identified and completed under the direction of the program adviser. Three credits required for all nonthesis master's degree students.
Courses for graduate students
TSM 601. Graduate Seminar. (Cross-listed with A E). (1-0) Cr. 1. F.Keys to writing a good MS thesis or PhD dissertation. How to begin formulating research problems. Discussion of research problems, review of literature, research hypothesis, objectives, methods, procedures, and reports. Research grant proposals, patents and intellectual property rights, and international research centers of excellence will be discussed.
TSM 652. Program and Learner Evaluation. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Stat 401 or equivalent. Techniques for evaluating learners, facilities, programs, and staff utilizing theories for developing measurement instruments. Outcomes assessment is emphasized.
TSM 655. Academic Leadership in Technology and Engineering. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Permission of instructor. A definition of the faculty role in technology and engineering disciplines, including strategies for dealing with programs, personnel, and constituencies are presented. Leadership skills involving team formation, team operation, and conflict resolution are addressed.
TSM 657. Curriculum Development in Technology and Engineering. (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Basic concepts, trends, practices, and factors influencing curriculum development, techniques, organization and procedures. Emphasis will be given to program and course development.
TSM 694. Teaching Practicum. (Cross-listed with A E). Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: Graduate classification and permission of instructor. Graduate student experience in the agricultural and biosystems engineering departmental teaching program.
TSM 697. Internship in Technology. Cr. R.Prereq: permission of major professor and approval by department chair, graduate classification. One semester and one summer maximum per academic year professional work period. Satisfactory-fail only.
TSM 698. Technical Communications for a Doctoral Degree. (Cross-listed with A E). Cr. 1. F.S.SS.A technical paper draft based on the dissertation is required of all Ph.D. students. This paper must be in a form that satisfies the requirements of some specific journal and be ready for submission. A technical presentation based on the dissertation is required of all Ph.D. students. This presentation must be in a form that satisfies the normal presentation requirements of a professional society. The presentation itself (oral or poster) may be made at a professional society meeting or at any international, regional, state, or university conference/event as long as the presentation content and form conforms to normal expectations. Satisfactory-fail only.
TSM 699. Research. Cr. arr.