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Standards in the classroom

There are approximately 2,500 universities and colleges in the United States academic sector. 

According to a survey conducted by The Center for Global Standards Analysis on Standards Education Perspectives in U.S. Schools of Engineering (2004), there are a very small number of university courses in the United States that are dedicated to the study of standards and standardization. Here is a list of the courses that are offered:

check mark The Catholic University of America

Strategic Standardization

Course Description:
A survey course, intended for graduate engineering and law students. It provides students with a broad understanding of the interdisciplinary issues associated withstandardization. From a broad perspective, the term covers every product, material, and service in commerce, anywhere in the world; it is one of the most critical components associated with the development of the global economy andall of its individual parts.

check mark University of Colorado at Boulder

Standardization and Standards Wars

Course Description:
The courseaddresses current issues and strategy in the standardization oftelecommunications and information technologies. It covers topics on theimportance of standards, government and private sector perspectives, and impactof information age technologies on standards development. It introduces studentsto the relevance of antitrust and intellectual property law to thetopic.

Instructor:  Patrick Ryan
Phone: 303.785.8990
Fax: 303.265.9737
E-mail: patrick.ryan@colorado.edu

check mark University of Pittsburgh

Web Technologies and Standards - INFSCI 2560 (2870)

Course Description:
The course covers core technologies and standards for distributed systems, especially Web-based distributed systems.  It includes an overview of the standardization process and the standards organizations. It also looks at network and data standards with significant attention to HTML, XML, http, URL and other web technologies including APIs to programming with them.

check mark Purdue University

MET 527 Technology from a global perspective

Course Description:
Introduction to the challenges faced by the practicing technologist when working and interacting with international technical personnel, both here and abroad, including history, standards, education, and practice of technology outside the United States.

Instructor: Bruce A. Harding
Phone: 765.494.7520
Fax: 765.494.6219
E-mail: harding@purdue.edu

check mark Arizona State Univ. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Technology Standards Seminar

Course Description:
This law school course explores how technology standards are made, with an emphasis on the complex array of legal issues that practitioners in this field must navigate: intellectual property, antitrust, corporate, contract and trade law issues, all in an international context. Additionally the course examines key policy issues implicated by standards, such as how to ensure standards most effectively promote innovation and consumer welfare, and the public interest considerations raised when private sector-driven standards are adopted into public regulations. See http://standardslaw.org for more info.

Instructor: Brad Biddle
Phone: 480.965.6181
E-mail: brad.biddle@asu.edu

check mark Purdue University

IT 590 Seminar in Technology - Standards

Course Description:
Overview of a current issue in technology. The course will introduce aspects of U.S. and international standards processes. Guest speakers from industry standards development organizations will participate in the class to give students real-world examples of standardization issues. (1 credit)

Instructor: Stephen Elliott (elliott@purdue.edu)

check mark University of Mississippi

M E 538: Experimental Characterization of Polymeric Composites

Course Description:
Methods for the experimental characterization of polymeric composites. Topics include testing standards, test methods, and data analysis procedures.

Instructor: Dr. Ellen Lackey (melackey@olemiss.edu)

check mark University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

EGR 610: Introduction to System Safety - Prevention through Design (PtD)

Course Description
Best practice in any business sector requires the pursuit of a triple bottom line – protecting people, planet, and profit. This course provides an overview of system safety in general and Prevention through Design in particular and explores their efficacy in helping companies achieve a bottom line that is socially, environmentally, and financially rewarding. Topics of inquiry include the processes of hazard analysis and risk assessment, the concept of "acceptable" risk, the safety decision hierarchy of controls, safety standards (the mandatory minimum vs. the voluntary best practice), safety as a cost control strategy, and the critical elements of a comprehensive, advanced safety program. Course content is presented within the framework of real-world case studies from a variety of industry sectors, including, but not limited to, manufacturing, utilities, and health care and includes several guest lectures by leaders in the profession. Students apply course content to their own business environment.

Instructor: Dr. Martha W Bidez, PhD, (mbidez@uab.edu)

check mark University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

EGR 616: Policy Issues in Prevention through Design

Course description
This course provides an overview of best practices in four major policy areas:

  • cost-benefit analysis;
  • corporate culture and the “HR Department”;
  • standards, codes, and regulations; and
  • strategic alliance development.
Case studies are used to illuminate both the role of engineers and other safety professionals in shaping public policy on the local, national and international levels and the ethical challenges they encounter. The significance of an organization’s corporate culture in developing and implementing advanced safety management plans is also explored. Students conduct "gap analyses" of their company's policies by comparing them to best practices and identifying unintended consequences of poor safety policy in their own business and industry sector. Students will engage in discussion board posts on contemporary policy issues and participate in exercises related to federal rulemaking.

Ms. Jennifer Bailey, MSPH, (jmb2006@uab.edu); Ms. Judith Etterer, MSPH, (jetterer@uab.edu)

check mark Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

The Environmental, Health and Safety Management Program at RIT is structured around the ISO 14001 management systems model, and all of our core courses use ISO and ANSI standards in some way

Environmental, Health and Safety Management – 0630-720-90

Course description:
This is the initial course in the curriculum core of RIT's MS degree program in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management. We will start out with defining and profiling EHS management within the organization and then explore EHS management history, motivations and strategies. As the course progresses, we will apply a systems approach for managing an organization's EHS aspects and investigate the elements and implications of developing an organizational EHS vision and policy statement, considering current national and international standards for EHS management. The course delivery style combines elements of on-line learning and executive-leader formats. With the exception of the mandatory on-campus executive-leader session, the entire course is conducted asynchronously over the Internet

Instructor: Lisa Greenwood (llgcem@rit.edu, 585.475.2026 )

check mark New York University

Theory & Practice of Terminology, TRAN1-GC1010

Course description:
This course introduces students to the basic principles and methods of terminology research and documentation. While the emphasis is on applied terminology, students learn the theoretical background of contemporary terminological practice, including relevant aspects of linguistics, lexicography, and classification. Various methodologies for conducting terminological research are examined, with particular emphasis on the application of terminology to translation. Students explore representative aspects of research and documentation, typical methods for recording and storing data according to international standards, database record structure, and computer-based systems for terminology management.

Instructor: Barbara Inge Karsch (bk70@nyu.edu)

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About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

The Institute oversees the development of thousands of standards that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector. Topics covered range from the largest construction equipment to the smallest nanoparticles, and from the most detailed applications to the broadest definition of a systems implementation. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards.

The ANSI Federation is comprised of government agencies, organizations, corporations, academic and international bodies, and individuals. In total, the Institute represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and 3.5 million professionals.

ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

For more information, visit www.ansi.org.

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