PhD Course Descriptions (OM/MS)

Operations Management / Management Science (OM/MS)

PhD students in OM/MS are required to take at least 14 courses, as outlined in the requirements. Below is a list of courses offered by the DO&IT department in the OM/MS area: 

BMGT 830: Operations Research: Linear Programming
BMGT 831: Operations Research: Extension of Linear Programming and Network Analysis
BMGT 832: Operations Research: Optimization and Nonlinear Programming
BMGT 833: Operations Research: Integer Programming
BMGT 834: Operations Research: Probabilistic Models
BMGT 835: Simulation of Discrete-Event Systems
BMGT 882: Applied Multivariate Analysis I
BMGT 883: Applied Multivariate Analysis II
BMGT 898: Seminar in Operations Management


BMGT808I Information Systems Research
Offered every Fall semester
This is an introductory seminar in information systems research for doctoral students. Its objective is to introduce participants to some major streams of research in information systems and to help seminar participants understand the role of research in an academic community and the methods of social science research. Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT808I Research Methods in Information Technology
Offered every Spring semester
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the broad range of research methods used by Information Technology researchers. The course makes frequent use of guest lecturers to lead discussions on areas of their research expertise. An emphasis is placed on applying research methods in the development of each student's own individual research interests. For doctoral students with an Information Systems major the culminating project in this course serves as the basis for their first year summer project. Sample syllabus [DOC]

BMGT808L Technology Artifact in Information Systems Research
Offered in the Fall of odd-numbered years (e.g., 2003, 2005, 2007)
Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT808 Current Topics in IS research
Survey of literature in selected research areas in information research. Topics change every semester.

BMGT 808 Research in Decision, Operations, & Information Technologies
One credit. The course includes attendance at a series of seminars on topics related to  research in Decision, Operations, & Information Technologies.

BMGT808D Strategic Management of Information Technology
Offered in the Spring of even-numbered years (e.g., 2004, 2006, 2008)
The goal of this seminar is to provide an understanding of the issues related to the adoption and use of information technologies in organizations, the leverage of value from information technologies, and the management of information technologies in organizations. Students will read and discuss various theories, conceptual issues, and empirical papers pertaining to research on these topics of inquiry.
Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT808D Information Systems Economics
Offered in the Fall of even-numbered years (e.g., 2004, 2006, 2008)
This is a research-oriented doctoral seminar on IS Economics. Its primary objective is to familiarize seminar participants with the applications of microeconomic theories and modeling techniques to IS research problems. The seminar is also intended to motivate participants to explore the use of mathematical models to analyze a research question in their domain of interest. Seminar participants are expected to have adequate familiarity with calculus and simple optimization techniques.
Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT808A E-Commerce and Supply Chain Management
Offered in the Spring of odd-numbered years (e.g., 2003, 2005, 2007)
Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT808X Applied Regression
Offered every Fall semester
The main course objectives are 1. To learn about a wide variety of regression techniques; to understand when to use what technique; to understand the limitations of a particular technique; 2. To generate a basic understanding of the methodological principles underlying these regression techniques in order to become a critical user; 3. To learn the powerful statistical software R; and to implement these regression techniques using this software. Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT882 Applied Multivariate Analysis I
Offered every Fall semester
Multivariate statistical methods and their use in empirical research. Topics include summarization and visualization of multivariate data, multivariate paired comparisons and repeated-measures designs, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, and canonical correlation. An important component of the course is analysis of data using contemporary software. Each student will complete a project that applies at least two of the methods covered in the course to a data set of his/her choice.
Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT883 Applied Multivariate Analysis II
Offered every Spring semester
A continuation of BMGT 882. Topics include generalized least squares, seemingly unrelated regressions, simultaneous-equations models, principal components, factor analysis, structural-equations models with latent variables (covariance structure analysis), and specification testing. Sample Syllabus [PDF]

BMGT 830 Operations Research: Linear Programming (3)
Prerequisites: MATH 240 or equivalent; or permission of department.
Concepts and applications of linear programming models, theoretical development of the simplex algorithm, and primal-dual problems and theory.

BMGT 831 Operations Research: Extension of Linear Programming and Network Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: BMGT 830 or equivalent; or permission of department.
Concepts and applications of network and graph theory in linear and combinatorial models with emphasis on computational algorithms.

BMGT 832 Operations Research: Optimization and Nonlinear Programming (3)
Prerequisites: {BMGT 830; and MATH 241; or equivalent}; or permission of department.
Theory and applications of algorithmic approaches to solving unconstrained and constrained non-linear optimization problems. The Kuhn Tucker conditions, Lagrangian and Duality Theory, types of convexity, and convergence criteria. Feasible direction procedures, penalty and barrier techniques, and cutting plane procedures.

BMGT 833 Operations Research: Integer Programming (3)
Prerequisites: {BMGT 830; and MATH 241 or equivalent}; or permission of department.
Theory, applications, and computational methods of integer optimization. Zero-one implicit enumeration, branch and bound methods, and cutting plane methods.

BMGT 834 Operations Research: Probabilistic Models (3)
Prerequisites: {MATH 241; and STAT 400 or equivalent} or permission of department. Theoretical foundations for the construction, optimization, and applications of probabilistic models. Queuing theory, inventory theory, Markov processes, renewal theory, and stochastic linear programming.

BMGT 835 Simulation of Discrete-Event Systems (3)
Prerequisites: Knowledge of Fortran, Basic, C, or Pascal; and BMGT 630 or equivalent. Simulation modeling and analysis of stochastic discrete-event systems such as manufacturing systems, inventory control systems, and computer/ communications networks.

BMGT 898 Seminar in Operations Management (3)
This seminar reviews recent research in operations management. Examples of topics include supply chain management, revenue management, operations strategy, production planning, new product development.