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DECISION SCIENCES

Professors E.H. Forman, P.W. Wirtz, P.K. Bagchi, R. Soyer (Chair), T. Glickman, M.M. Tarimcilar

Associate Professors S.Y. Prasad, S. Kanungo, Y.H. Kwak, A. Jarrah, P. Delquie, S. Jain

Assistant Professors H. Khamooshi, M.E. Matta, M.A. Lejeune, M. Altug

See the School of Business for programs of study in business administration leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6202 Mathematics and Statistics for Management (3) Wirtz, Glickman, Khamooshi, Kanungo, Prasad
  Mathematical and statistical concepts employed in the solution of managerial problems. Applications of functions, elements of calculus, and linear algebra. Introduction to probability, frequency distributions, statistical inference, and regression and correlation. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6221 Purchasing and Materials Management (3) Bagchi
  Industrial purchasing and materials management principles and practices. Organization and functions in materials management. Determination of requirements, supplier qualifications, source selection, buying practices, policies, and ethics. International purchasing. (Fall and spring)
6222 Supply Chain Management (3) Bagchi, Matta
  Supply chain management in production, service, and public organizations. Analytical tools for planning and establishing operating systems and for their operation, control, and modification. Examination of processes, products, services, equipment, and facilities. Relationships of human systems and operating systems. (Fall)
6223 Manufacturing Control Systems (3) Bagchi
  Inventory and production control concepts, techniques, and strategies for effective integration with basic finance, marketing, and manufacturing objectives. Forecasting methods, material requirements planning systems, distribution requirements planning techniques, process control, and classical reorder-point inventory models. (Fall)
6226 Decision Support Systems (3) Tarimcilar, Prasad
  Framework, processes, and technical components for building decision support systems dealing with unstructured and underspecified problems from managerial and organizational perspectives. Construction and exploration of decision support system models. Prerequisite: MBAd 6222 or permission of instructor. (Fall and spring)
6227 Advanced Supply Chain (3) Bagchi
  Modeling approaches in supply chain management; optimization of cost and service. Alternatives available to the manager, given the economic situation, competitive conditions, and regulatory environment of the several transportation modes. Model location theory and logistics network planning and design. Prerequisite: DnSc 6222. (Spring)
6228 Operations Strategy (3) Bagchi, Matta
  Basic procurement and logistics methods and techniques that influence formulation of a firm's strategic policy. Traditional and updated and improved systems for controlling capacity and output. Examination of productivity analysis, cost control, materials planning, and other topics to ensure that the strategy formulation/operations function contributes to overall profit. (Spring)
6229 Decision Analysis (3) Forman, Soyer, Prasad, Tarimcilar
  Topics include decision theory, value of information, utility theory, modeling attitude toward risk, risk management, multi-criteria decision-making paradigms, Bayesian statistics, game theory, and strategic decision making. Graphical models and decision structuring tools. Prerequisite: MBAd 6222 or permission of instructor. (Spring)
6234 Procurement and Contracting (3) Bagchi
  Principles and concepts essential to effecting large procurement programs. Planning, sourcing, and contractual design for diverse acquisitions. Emphasis on federal government policy with comparison of buying at other governmental levels and the private sector. (Spring)
6247 Organization, Management, and Leadership (3) Staff
  Fundamentals of human resource management for project managers.
6250 Project Management Finance (3) Staff
  Basic terminology, concepts, and principles of financial accounting and managerial finance. Topics include financial statement analysis, the time value of money, capital budgeting, risk assessment, financial forecasting, and working capital management.
6251 Optimization Models for Decision Making (1.5) Glickman, Jarrah
  Optimization techniques, including linear programming, sensitivity analysis, networks, integer programming and multiple objective optimization, and nonlinear and evolutionary programming. Prerequisite: DnSc 6202.
6252 Risk Analysis for Decision Making (1.5) Jarrah, Glickman
  Probabilistic modeling techniques, including influence diagrams, utility theory, subjective and empirical probability distribution assessment, simulation models, queuing theory, Markov chains, and game theory. Prerequisite: DnSc 6202.
6254 Risk Management (1.5) Kwak, Jain
  Basic principles of risk management practices. Developing a risk management plan, including identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and monitoring projects risks. Prerequisite: either DnSc 6261 and 6202 or MBAd 6221 and 6222.
6257 Cost Estimation and Control (1.5) Jain, Khamooshi, Kwak
  Methods of developing project estimates during the planning stages and updating the estimates throughout the life of the project; monitoring, reporting, controlling, and managing project cost; relationships between project cost and other parameters, including scope, time, quality, reliability and procurement risk. Prerequisite: DnSc 6202, 6261.
6258 Executive Decision Making (1.5) Forman, Tarimcilar, Prasad
  Concepts and methods for making complex decisions in both business and government; identifying criteria and alternatives, setting priorities, allocating resources, strategic planning, resolving conflict, and making group decisions. (Fall)
6259 Project Portfolio Management (1.5) Forman, Jain, Kwak
  Management of an organization's portfolio of projects for the overall success of the enterprise; alignment of projects with an organization's strategy and goals and consistency with values and culture. Prerequisite: DnSc 6224.
6261 Introduction to Project and Program Management (3) Jain, Kwak, Khamooshi
  Practical examination of how projects can be managed from start to finish, including specific emphasis on planning and controlling to avoid common pitfalls. Identifying needs, defining requirements, project costing, scheduling, resource allocation, and project politics. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6262 Directed Computational Project Management (3) Jain, Khamooshi, Kwak
  Practical examination of project management concepts by quantitative application using various software tools. Research in real cost data to support project calculations. Prerequisite: DnSc 6261, 6267.
6263 Managing External Projects (3) Jain, Khamooshi, Kwak
  Fundamentals of contract management from a project manager's perspective. The outsourcing process, associated project strategies, and legal elements. Acquisition planning, vendor selection, contract formulation, and performance control.
6267 Planning and Scheduling (3) Khamooshi
  Integrated planning, scheduling, and control systems for planning the scope of a project; optimizing time, cost, and resources; and monitoring and controlling schedules, including those for delayed projects. Prerequisite: DnSc 6202, 6261. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6269 Project Management Capstone (3) Kwak, Jain, Khamooshi
  Students will be expected to demonstrate integration of the knowledge accumulated in their study plan and apply integrated knowledge and experience to best practices, a project case history, and a handbook. Prerequisite: M.S.P.M. candidacy or permission of instructor. (Fall and spring)
6274 Statistical Modeling and Analysis (3) Wirtz, Soyer
  The process of specifying, analyzing, and testing models of human and systemic behavior. Formalization of models; statistical test comparison and selection; computer implementation of univariate, bivariate, and multivariate tests. General linear model: linear regression, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. Prerequisite: MBAd 6221 and 6222 or equivalent. (Fall and spring)
6275 Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis (3) Wirtz
  Advanced topics associated with the general linear model. Testing for and remediation of assumption violations. Detection of outliers, influential observations, and multicollinearity. Alternative design strategies in the analysis of variance; latent growth analysis; hierarchical linear modeling; testing for interactions and parallelism. Prerequisite: DnSc 6274 or permission of instructor.
6276 Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis (3) Wirtz
  Methods for exploratory and multivariate data analysis. Application and comparison of advanced multivariate analytical procedures. Multivariate and discriminant analysis, LISREL analysis, and canonical correlation. Prerequisite: DnSc 6274 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
6277 Applied Forecasting and Time-Series Analysis for Managers (3) Soyer
  Introduction to various forecasting techniques, including time-series regression models, cyclical trends, exponential smoothing methods, seasonal and nonseasonal ARIMA processes, and the Box-Jenkins approach. Application of forecasting methods in economics, finance, and marketing. Prerequisite: MBAd 6222 or permission of instructor. (Spring)
6279 Data Mining (3) Prasad, Wirtz
  Techniques that can be used to discover relationships in large data sets, including regression models, decision trees, neural networks, clustering, and association analysis.
6290 Special Topics (1 to 3) Staff
 
Experimental offering; new course topics and teaching methods. May be repeated once for credit.
6298 Directed Readings and Research (0 to 3) Staff
6300 Thesis Research (3) Staff
8328 Special Topics in Decision Making (3) Soyer
  Special topics and advanced applications, such as catastrophe theory, Markovian decision processes, and Bayesian statistics. May be repeated once for credit.
8329 Seminar: Logistics and Operations Management (3) Bagchi, Perry
  Recent developments in production and logistics management; impact of technological economic and social change; significant related trends. Private- and public-sector policy implications. New and emerging analysis techniques. Open only to doctoral students.
8385 Special Topics in Research Methods (3) Wirtz
  Research problems and issues related to student dissertations form topics for readings, group discussions, and assigned papers. (Fall and spring)
8390 Philosophical Foundations of Administrative Research (3) Soyer
  Philosophy of science as applied to research in administration. Topics include the nature and current problems of epistemology, the development and role of theories, and the relationship between theory, methodology, and empirical data. (Fall and spring)
8391 Advanced Problems in Research Methodology (3) Wirtz
  Use of models and theoretical frameworks in research; formulation of research questions, hypotheses, operational definitions, research designs, sampling and data analysis approaches. For doctoral candidates who have completed the general examination and all courses and are preparing for their dissertation. (Fall and spring)
8397 Doctoral Seminar (1 to 3) Staff
  Current research and scholarly issues in management science.
8998 Advanced Reading and Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to doctoral candidates preparing for the general examination. May be repeated for credit.
8999 Dissertation Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to doctoral candidates. May be repeated for credit.
 

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