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WSU Engineering &
Technology Management Program
Next Course Offering Spring
(Starting January 9, 2013)!
Link to EM
530 Applications in Constraints
Link to EM 534
Contemporary Topics in Constraints
Link to Constraints
Management Certificate from WSU
Link to Angel Learning
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- Live Sessions in Spring
2013 will be taught by Videostreaming over the Internet using
Elluminate video conferenceing software. It is available anywhere
you have a high speed Internet connection. The course is taught
one evening a week from the first full week in January through the
end of April.
instructions and help with Admissions to WSU and Registration
- Students completing this course in the TOC Thinking
Process can receive a Jonah Certificate from TOCICO
(the Theory of Constraints
International Certification Organization).
EM 526 is the TOC Thinking Process plus much discussion about
other TOC topics. This class (with practice afterwards) is
sufficient to prepare for the TOCICO Thinking
Process Certification Exam.
- (See a Introduction to The Theory of
The next offering is Spring 2013 Starting the first full
week of January.
The live, interactive video streaming portions of the course are
broadcast in the evenings weekly using Elluminate academic video
services and Angel academic media services.
Students also have significant self-study portion and peer
interaction through email.
- We have had students in the Philippines, Cyprus, Denmark,
Korea, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Molodova, Mexico, Netherlands,
Colombia and Germany as well as most areas of the USA. If you have
a high speed connection to the Internet, you can receive this
The live lectures are archived so you can see them at a time that
is convenient for you.
Spring 2013 will be the 21th offering of EM 526 using
Distance Education with over nearly 700 students completing full
Thinking Process analyses to learn and apply the logic tools. This
course is a combination of class lecture and self-discovery. There
is group interaction to heighten the learning process for distance
learners. We will use WebCT as the student-class interface. Study
materials and abundant resources are available to provide a broad
understanding of the Theory of Constraints as its is applied
in many different situations. Weekly lectures are available live
on-line (or delayed by archived) by streaming video and also
through the Interactive Television WHETS (Washington Higher
Education Telecommunications System). Text materials, exercises
and PowerPoint slides provide extra resources. The text It's
Not Luck provides the basis for common, group projects. By
teaching a little each week, students have time to develop their
understanding and apply or test their new knowledge as they
- Graduate classes taught over a distance are not as easy as
being in a classroom. Communication is often limited to the
students ability to talk in the Chat Room during lecture,
participation in the class email list or to email/call the
instructor and other students. To view the streaming video
lectures live, you need a fast Internet connection. The lectures
are archived and can be viewed or reviewed later with slower
connection speeds. We have had students from all over the world
successfully participate in class. You should check your video
streaming capability at the links above to see if this type of
distance education is suitable for your location.
Course Content: EM 526 Constraints
Management focuses on Eli Goldratt's Thinking Processes.
Students learn the Thinking Processes by applying them to a
complex problem of their own choosing. They analysis the system by
logical cause and effect to find the core conflict of the system.
They discover breakthrough solutions as new directions for their
future. Students validate their solution with a Future
Reality Tree (could consider this as the company strategy plan)
trimming the negative effects. They also create a step-by-step
action plan to overcome all the obstacles in their plan and cause
the future to exist in reality.
This course is for students looking for new solutions to
unresolved problems or to find ways to implement proven solutions
in a complex system. (Students wanting to learn the proven
solutions of Drum-Buffer-Rope, Critical Chain Project Management,
Replenishment and Supply Chain should take EM 530
Applications in Constraints Management).
- Students who have completed both EM 526 and EM 530
can enroll in EM
534 Contemporary Topics in Constraints Management multiple
times to keep up-to-date with the most current TOC materials.
A Certificate in Constraints Management is also available. See
details at: http://www.engrmgt.wsu.edu/certificates.html
- EM 526 Constraints Management is a course intended for
graduate engineers pursuing a masters degree in Engineering
Management. Others in different degree granting programs may
apply. The minimum requirements for admission to the EM 526
Constraints Management course are:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or
- A 3.0 or equivalent undergraduate GPA (or approval
from the instructor Dr. Holt)
- A serious interest in learning the Theory of Constraints
Thinking Processes to solve complex, systemic problems.
Note: Qualified undergraduates can enroll in EM 426 Constraints
Management at the undergraduate level.
There will be a class size limit for combined EM 526 and
EM 426. Those enrolling in EM 526 receive preference.
Other information for visitors:
A long list of other Sources of TOC Information
TOC Books (Compiled by Jim Cox): Compiled
Formal Organizations or groups:
Certification Organization TOC Professional
Consulting Dr Goldratt's Group.
Source of Supplies and Info
Education TOC for Elementary to High School Education
TOC World a
unbiased TOC source by Antonio Diaz
A Cloud-A-Day is a
personal endeavor of Petr Zitnick in Prague
TOC for InterCultural
Dialogue Using TOC to Communicate across Boundaries
Place for commercial eduction in TOC
is a thought provoking TOC blog
being really Socratic
State's TOC Program
Consultants in no particular order:
Guide to Implementing
Avraham Y. Goldratt
Institute Home Page
TOC Goldratt Institute
The TOC Center Home
Strategies Implementing DBR/CCPM/Replenishment all
Management Group Home page
Crazy About Constraints
Bill Dettmer's Goal Systems
Larry Leach's Advanced
Page Focused Performance
Deming and Goldratt
(System of Profound Knowledge)
Tony Rizzo Product
The Science of
is a provider of TOC material on-line for a fee
TOC Software Links:
Spherical Angle -
CCPulse (Critical Chain Software)
ProChain (TOC based
(Multi Project Critical Chain based software)
DBR/Simplified DBR software provider
of OPT (TOC based software)
Logic Tree Software (TLT) Free Logic Tree Drawing
Logic Software that resizes and relocates entities; includes
Software to create and share your logic trees on line for
Mindjet Software to create
TOC trees (some templates available)
Inspiration Software to
create TOC Trees.
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