Decision Sciences (DS)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

DS 625.  Global Procurement and Outsourcing   3 credit hours

Designed to expose learners to the latest supply chain trends and issues dealing with global purchasing and sourcing. Covered topics include global sourcing management, purchasing management, financial and operational strategies for sourcing and procurement, diversity in sourcing and procurement, supplier base management, risks in sourcing and procurement, ethical and sustainable outsourcing. Real-life experience and practices by guest speakers from area multi-national companies (Koch, Cargill, Spirit, Cessna and other aviation companies, etc.) are featured. Course includes diversity content.

DS 660.  Enterprise Systems   3 credit hours

Introduces the underlying need for integration in organizations that have traditionally operated with fragmented information systems. The focus is on ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, but other e-commerce systems are discussed. Includes an overview of ERP systems, business processes and implementation issues. Covers relevant software packages. Not open to students with credit in DS 860. Prerequisites: DS 350 with a grade of C+ (2.300) or better, junior standing, advanced standing.

DS 665.  Supply Chain Management   3 credit hours

Emphasizing global integration and coordination, this introductory course delivers the basic concepts and decision-making models critical to managing a global supply chain. Topics covered include supply chain design and operation, logistics strategies and network configuration, inventory management and risk pooling, the role of information technology in the supply chain, warehousing and material handling systems, supplier relations, and strategic alliances. Not open to students with credit in DS 865. Prerequisites: DS 350 with a grade of C+ (2.300) or better, junior standing, advanced standing.

DS 675.  Spreadsheet Modeling for Decision Making   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as FIN 675. Adopts a practical spreadsheet-based approach to the modeling of a wide variety of business problems. Concentrates on problem solving in an interdisciplinary context and developing spreadsheet skills. Not open to students with credit in DS 875 or FIN 675. Prerequisites: DS 350 and FIN 340 each with a grade of C+ (2.300) or better, junior standing, advanced standing.

DS 690.  Seminar in Selected Topics   1-5 credit hours

Repeatable with departmental consent. Prerequisites: DS 350 with a grade of C+ (2.300) or better, junior standing, advanced standing.

DS 750.  Workshop in Decision Sciences   1-4 credit hours

Prerequisite: junior standing.

DS 755.  Project Management   3 credit hours

This hands-on and project-based technology course establishes fundamental guidelines for defining the process of project management and designing time-constrained projects. Covers core methodology for managing complex projects on time. Uses a software tool. Prerequisites: junior standing, advanced standing; students are strongly recommended to take DS 350 before taking DS 755.

DS 850.  Operations Management   3 credit hours

Develops an understanding of the operations function in a business and how it interfaces with other major functions in business. Students gain an appreciation of the strategic importance of operations and how a firm can gain competitive advantage through world-class performance by operations in delivering high-quality, cost-competitive products and services. Builds a knowledge base of the concepts, tools and techniques related to designing, managing and improving operations. Helps managers, regardless of functional specialization, gain an operations perspective. Prerequisites: calculus and statistics.

DS 875.  Sprdsheet Modeling in Business   3 credit hours

Overview of decision making models used in various functions in business. Students learn to build and analyze the models in a spreadsheet and with different add-ins. Students acquire advanced analytical and spreadsheet skills that can make them better analysts regardless of their area of specialization. The course is example driven, covering various scenarios from business. Prerequisite: DS 850 or instructor’s consent.

DS 890.  Seminar in Special Topics   1-3 credit hours

Repeatable with departmental consent.

DS 891.  Directed Studies   1-5 credit hours

Prerequisite: departmental consent.