Elective Courses

BUDT 704 Database Management Systems

Introduction to the conceptual and logical design of relational database systems and their use in business environments. Topics include information modeling and optimization via normalization; Structured Query Language (SQL); Client/Server architectures; Concurrency & Recovery; Data Warehousing.

BUDT 732 Decision Analytics

Introduces analytical modeling for managerial decisions using a spreadsheet environment. Includes linear and nonlinear optimization models, decision making under uncertainty and simulation models.

BUDT 758F Google Online Challenge Analytics

This course is a hands-on learning-by-doing course. Students will design, develop, and implement sponsored search strategies for real-world clients are part of the Google Online Challenge. Students will work in teams of 4 or 5, spend real advertising dollars to run a sponsored-search advertising campaign for their client. In conjunction with the client, students will also develop digital and social media strategies that complement and support their sponsored search advertising campaigns on Google. The teams will also learn to use analytical tools to analyze the performance of their campaigns and provide guidelines to the client for future campaigns. This “real-time, real-business, real-money” challenge provides a valuable opportunity for students to gain a first-hand experience with online advertising and benefit from the immediate campaign performance feedback. At the end of this course, a student should feel comfortable developing and implementing digital strategies and executing online campaigns for firms. They should know all the key terminology and theories of the field and have a good idea of how things work below the surface.

BUDT 758G Global Delivery of IT and Service Innovations

BUDT 758J Management for Information Systems

This course introduces students to the key issues in the management of information systems. To work together effectively for an organization’s success, both business managers and IS managers must understand how to both manage and utilize information systems. This course explores management issues and opportunities of the IS function within organizations. Topics include: The Roles of the Most Senior IS Executive, Designing the Corporate Information Technology Architecture, Managing Corporate Information Resources, Managing Partnership-based IT Operations, Technologies and Techniques for Developing Effective Systems, Management Issues in System Development, Supporting IT-Enabled Collaboration, The Future and Management of Information Systems.

BUDT 758K Computer Simulation for Business Applications

This course covers the basic techniques for computer simulation modeling and analysis of discrete-event systems. Course emphasis is on conceptualizing abstract models of real-world systems (for example, inventory and queuing systems), implementing simulations in special purpose software, planning simulation studies, and analyzing simulation output. Some mathematical theory will be covered.

BUDT 758M Healthcare Information Systems

Health care is the last major industry in the United States to successfully use automation to improve its effectiveness. This course considers the business implications and functionality of healthcare information systems. Topics include e-health and operational information systems, electronic medical / health records, EM/HR exchanges, electronic prescribing systems, electronic imaging, testing, and diagnostic systems, systems for preventive care and patient care in hospitals, care facilities, and homes, health care operations, and information privacy, security, reliability. Reading materials will include research papers, trade press articles, news media articles and videos, Harvard Business School cases, and government and industry publications.

BUDT 758Q IS Security

Network security must function and must be understood within the broader context of managing enterprise security, overall information systems security, and information assurance. The technical aspects of network security are very important, but must be understood and implemented within this broader framework. Topics to be covered in this course include:

  • Knowing What to Secure
  • Assessing Risks
  • Security Policy
  • Building and Documenting an Information Assurance Framework
  • Maintaining Security of Operations
  • Ensuring Controlled Access.
  • Personnel Security
  • Physical Security
  • Assuring Against Software Vulnerabilities
  • Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery
  • Laws, Regulations, and Crime

BUDT 759 Independent Study

Students work with a faculty member to develop a course that meets their specific educational goals.

BUSI660 Entrepreneurship & New Ventures

Provides an introduction to important tools and skills necessary to create and grow a successful new venture. Integrates research findings from a range of different practical and intellectual perspectives, including psychology, sociology, economics, strategic management, and history into practical, hands on lessons for an entrepreneur. Class projects provide the foundations for new, real businesses.

BUSI634 Operations Management

Explores how firms can better organize their operations so that they more effectively align their supply with the demand for their products and services. This course will cover a mix of qualitative and quantitative problems and issues confronting operations managers. The first part of the course details different kinds of business processes, the impact of variability on business processes and explains how to measure key process parameters like capacity and lead time. The second part of the course focuses on process improvement and examines classic ideas in quality management as well as recent ideas on lean operations. The course concludes with a brief introduction to inventory management with applications in revenue management. Throughout the course we illustrate mathematical analysis applied to real operational challenges – we seek rigor and relevance. Our aim is to provide both tactical knowledge and high-level insights needed by general managers and management consultants. We will demonstrate that companies can use (and have used) the principles from the course to significantly enhance their competitiveness.