Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Courses in Information Systems:
Courses in Management Science:
Courses of the QUEST Program
BMGT 201 - Introduction to Business Computing
Basic literacy course using common business computer-based applications.
Considers the role of information technology in the modern workplace as well
as the use of computing applications in problem solving. Business students
can seek an exemption from this course via an online exam. Please check the
Smith School website or visit 1570 VMH for further details.
BMGT 230 - Business Statistics (3)
Prerequisite: MATH 220. Not open to students who have completed BMGT 231,
ENEE 324, or STAT 400. Credit will be granted for only one of the following:
AREC 484, BIOM 301, BMGT 230, CNEC 400, ECON 321, EDMS451, GEOG 305, GVPT
422, PSYC 200, SOCY 201, URSP 350, or TEXT 400. Introductory course in
probabilistic and statistical concepts including descriptive statistics,
set-theoretic development of probability, the properties of discrete and
continuous random variables, sampling theory, estimation, hypothesis
testing, regression, decision theory and the application of these concepts
to problem solving in business and management. This course does not meet
requirements for management science and statistics majors.
BMGT 290H - Methods for Measuring Quality (3)
Prerequisite: BMGT 190 or ENES 190. Also offered as ENES 380. Provides
engineering and business students an understanding of the need and use of
measurement techniques that lead to continuous improvement. The second
course of four courses in total quality.
BMGT 302 - Business Computer Application Programming
The first computer programming course for Decision Information Sciences
majors, Programming for Business Information Systems introduces students to
business computer programming, employing the most widely-used traditional
higher-level programming language on mainframe computers, COBOL (Common
Business-Oriented Language), and a modern version of the most popular
language on microcomputers, Visual BASIC. Both languages are implemented in
this course in a PC environment. Students hone their critical-thinking and
problem-solving intelligences while developing intermediate level structured
programming skills and applying these skills to solve business-related
BMGT 305 - Survey of Business Information Systems
and Technology (3)
Introductory course for the decision and information science major.
Covers the components of modern business information systems, as well as the
consequences of information technology on society and the environment.
BMGT 332 - Operations Research For Management
Prerequisite: BMGT 230. Surveys the philosophy, techniques, and
applications of operations research to managerial decision making. The
course is designed primarily for students not majoring in management science
or statistics. Techniques covered include linear programming, transportation
and assignment models, Markov processes, inventory and queuing models.
Emphasis is placed on formulating and solving decision problems in the
functional areas of management.
BMGT 385 - Production Management (3)
Studies the operation of a manufacturing enterprise, concentrating on the
economies of production. Introduces analytical method so that the broad
problem areas of system design, operation and control can be based upon the
BMGT 402 - Database and Data Communication Systems
Introduction to basic concepts of database management systems. Relational
databases, query languages and design will be covered. File processing
techniques are examined.
BMGT 403 - Systems Analysis and Design (3)
Techniques and tools applicable to the analysis and design of
computer-based information systems. System life cycle, requirements
analysis, logical design of data bases, performance evaluation. Emphasis on
case studies. Project required that involves the design, analysis and
implementation of an information systems.
BMGT 405 - Business Telecommunications (3)
The course provides an overview of the broad and fast-moving field of
business telecommunications. The technical foundations of computer
communication and networking will be presented as well as their
applications. Additional topics include the network implementation and
distributed data processing.
BMGT 406 - Electronic Commerce Applications (3)
This course develops an understanding of the fundamental principles of
usability as they apply to electronic commerce applications. Building on
usability principles, the course covers the design of effective e-commerce
solutions. Using ASP, VBScript, and Interdev, students learn to build a
fully-functional e-commerce application. The most important component of the
course is a major application development project (completed individually)
that is designed to simulate a real-world system.
BMGT 407 - Information Systems Projects (3)
Senior capstone course for the decision and information sciences major.
Collected knowledge from the DIS courses and application to significant
problems of size and complexity. State-of-the-art research ideas and current
business and industrial practices in information systems.
BMGT 430 - Linear Statistical Models in Business
Prerequisite: BMGT 230 or BMGT 231 or permission of department. Model
building involving an intensive study of the general linear stochastic model
and the applications of this model to business problems. The model is
derived in matrix form and this form is used to analyze both the regression
and ANOVA formulations of the general linear model.
BMGT 434 - Introduction to Optimization Theory
Prerequisite: MATH 220; or permission of department. Primarily for
students majoring in management science and statistics. Linear programming,
post optimality analysis, network algorithms, dynamic programming, nonlinear
programming and single variable minimization.
BMGT435 - Business Process Simulation
Prerequisite: BMGT230 or BMGT231 or equivalent. For BMGT majors only.
Develop and plan simulation studies, build simulation models with special
purpose software, analyze and interpret the results. Extensive use of
applications and real-world examples. The emphasis is on model formulation and
the interpretation of results, rather than mathematical theory.
BMGT 485 - Advanced Production Management (3)
Prerequisite: BMGT 385. A study of typical problems encountered by the
factory manager. The objective is to develop the ability to analyze and
solve problems in management control of production and in the formulation of
production policies. Among the topics covered are plant location, production
planning and control, methods analysis, and time study.
BMGT 486 - Total Quality Management (3)
Prerequisite: BMGT 230 or equivalent. Total Quality Management and the
synergy required between functions to obtain the customer's quality demands.
Statistical tools which are mandatory in any successful quality effort.
BMGT 490H - The Total Quality Practicum (3)
Prerequisite: BMGT 390 or ENES 390. Also offered as ENES 490. Capstone
course for the four course total quality program. Based on a major project
undertaken by student teams in an industry environment emphasizing
integrative aspects of total quality, each project will be supervised by a
joint faculty/industry team with differing areas of expertise. Requires
extensive out-of-class work.