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The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2009–2010 and 2010–2011; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

180, 380. Topics in the Legal Environment of Business. Selected topics on legal constraints affecting managerial decision making and business behavior. One or three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some sections are offered on the letter-grade basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

  • Topic 1: Social and Ethical Responsibility of Business. Ethical aspects of the managerial decision-making process; application of fundamental ethical principles to business, legal, and social problems. Topics include ethical implications of financial markets; race and gender discrimination; employee privacy; health, safety, environmental, and consumer issues; multinational business firms. Legal Environment of Business 380 (Topic 1) and 380 (Topic 17) may not both be counted.
  • Topic 2: Antitrust Law and Economics. Legal regulation of anticompetitive market structures and business practices, including political, economic, and historical factors. Monopolies, mergers, horizontal and vertical restraints of trade, and price discrimination.
  • Topic 3: Law of Commercial Real Estate Finance and Development. The legal framework of commercial real estate finance and development, including basic real estate law concepts, legal aspects of financing techniques and instruments, subdivision land-use controls, environmental regulation of real estate development, and other topics.
  • Topic 4: Law for Finance. Covers all aspects of securities regulation, including the legal responsibilities and liabilities of investment bankers, stock analysts, hedge fund managers, auditors, and other securities industry professionals; corporate disclosure requirements; public offering rules; insider trading; mergers and acquisitions; shareholder rights; and relevant ethical and global implications.
  • Topic 5: The Law and the Multinational Corporation. Study of the legal environment in which the multinational enterprise operates, including negotiation and drafting of international contracts, international dispute resolution, expropriation, international investment regulation, letters of credit, tax havens, and cultural and ethical issues.
  • Topic 6: Intellectual Property and Antitrust. Relationships and tensions between laws designed to encourage competitive markets (antitrust laws) and those that grant limited monopolies (patents, copyrights, and trademarks).
  • Topic 7: Corporation Law. Legal framework for the formation and operation of partnerships and corporations, including limited liability partnerships and limited liability corporations; introduction to securities regulation concepts such as insider trading, mergers, and acquisitions.
  • Topic 8: Legal Environment of Business.
  • Topic 9: Law of the Entertainment Business. Legal aspects of management in the entertainment industry, including contractual and financing arrangements, licensing, and copyright.
  • Topic 10: Law of Wills, Trusts, and Estates. Planning and management of estates through the use of wills, trusts, and gifts; intestacy, guardianships, marital property systems, and prenuptial agreements.
  • Topic 11: Environmental Dispute Resolution. Theoretical and practical study of the prevention, management, and resolution of environmental disputes, such as those involving protection of endangered species, wetlands preservation, natural resource conservation, and liability for environmental damage and clean-up.
  • Topic 12: Legal Regulation of Unfair Competition. Competitive actions that violate state or federal law, such as intentional interference with the contractual relations of others, defamation in business contexts, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 13: Commercial Transactions. A comprehensive study of the legal framework for business transactions, including bailments, sales of goods, commercial paper, lender liability, bank-customer relationships, secured transactions, creditor rights, and bankruptcy.
  • Topic 14: Intellectual Property. Legal aspects of protecting intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights; the contractual licensing of these property rights and other legal aspects of technology.
  • Topic 15: Environmental Regulation of Business. Federal and state regulation of business activities that affect the environment; potential liability of business for environmental damage.
  • Topic 16: Legal Aspects of Marketing. State and federal laws on consumer protection, pricing (including price fixing and price discrimination), packaging, advertising, distribution, dealer control, and related topics. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 17: Liability and Regulation of Accountants. State and federal regulations and tort and contract law principles that constrain accountants and create potential liability. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate. Legal Environment of Business 380 (Topic 1) and 380 (Topic 17) may not both be counted.
  • Topic 18: Products Liability. Public policy, economics, and legal rules regarding liability for the manufacture or sale of defective products. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 19: Employment Law. State and federal laws on hiring, supervising, disciplining, and terminating employees: wrongful discharge law, discrimination law, workers’ compensation and employee safety laws, and several related topics. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 20: Creating and Enforcing Contracts. Legal rules and practical policies on creating, monitoring, and enforcing contractual rights in a wide variety of business settings. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 21: Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions. Federal and state environmental regulations affecting commercial real estate transactions, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability (“Superfund”) Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, wetlands regulation, and other related topics. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 22: Law of Corporate Finance and Governance. Legal rules and regulations applicable to a broad range of corporate financial issues, including agency theory, limited liability, valuation, bondholder rights, dividend policy, accountant and investment banker liability, and capital structure and leverage. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 23: Law of Corporate Mergers and Takeovers. Legal rules, policies, and economics of mergers, acquisitions, hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts, and related topics. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 24: Law of Real Estate Finance. Federal and state regulation of real estate finance. Topics include creation, transfer, and discharge of mortgagor’s and mortgagee’s interests; mortgage substitutes; foreclosures; priority of liens; bankruptcy; and government intervention in the private mortgage market. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 25: Bankruptcy Law and Debtor-Creditor Relations. The legal framework governing the rights and duties of companies, and their owners, creditors, and other stakeholders, in times of severe financial distress. Includes liquidation and reorganization proceedings in bankruptcy as well as alternatives to bankruptcy. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 26: Law for Entrepreneurs. Legal issues and principles affecting the business entrepreneur, including those related to formation of the appropriate type of business organization, capitalization, protection of personal assets from business liabilities, protection of innovative ideas, hiring key personnel, and related topics. Ethical and international dimensions are included where appropriate.
  • Topic 27: Cyberlaw. Highly focused coverage of intellectual property law (copyright, trade secret, patent, trademarks, and related topics) as it relates to computer hardware and software; substantial coverage of hardware and software licensing; Internet-related legal issues; antitrust issues in the computer industry; and other topics as time permits, such as encryption, privacy, and computer-system vendor liability.
  • Topic 28: Business Ethics in the Global Market. Moral theory and its application to business issues in diverse cultures.
  • Topic 29: Business and Public Policy. Study of the nonmarket environment and its considerable effects on business organizations. Review of business strategies for influencing legislatures, the executive branch, court decisions, and the media.
  • Topic 30: Legal Environment of Business for MPA Students. Introduction to the legal system, with particular emphasis on its applications to the accounting profession. Additional prerequisite: Admission to the Master in Professional Accounting program.
  • Topic 31: Energy Law. Introduction to the legal issues facing energy-generating and energy service companies in a deregulating, though not fully deregulated, world. Includes the (de)regulation of generation, wholesale transactions, and retail service, as well as the contractual and other legal issues governing the commercial market for energy.
  • Topic 32: E-Commerce: Law, Policy, and Strategy. The responsibilities of the strategist for choosing, developing, and managing an overall e-business firm strategy in uncertain legal, market, technology, and policy environments.
  • Topic 33: The Legal Life Cycle of a Technology Start-up. Comprehensive coverage of the legal issues faced by a technology start-up firm, including choice of an organizational form, employee compensation issues, negotiating real estate leases, protecting intellectual property, raising capital, and taking the firm public. Additional prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Business Administration program.
  • Topic 34: Business, Government, and Public Policy. Traces the relationship between business and government throughout the policy process and examines the constitutional constraints that affect businesses across different political and legal regimes. Includes discussion of the ethical issues that are intertwined with any discussion of business’ role in the policy process. Additional prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Business Administration program.
  • Topic 35: Business, Government, and Public Policy: Washington Campus. Restricted to students in the executive MBA program. This course examines the relationship between business and government throughout the policy process, from the policy formation stage (legislative and interest group politics) through the policy implementation stage (bureaucratic policy making, and rule enforcement by agencies and courts). The course is cross-disciplinary in that it examines business-government relations from the economic, political, legal, and behavioral perspectives. It focuses primarily on the US political/regulatory/legal system and addresses issues covered further in the Washington Campus event, a week-long seminar with policy makers in Washington DC that precedes the course.

Management Information Systems: MIS

380. Seminar in Organizational Communication. Selected topics in organizational communication, written and oral. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Some topics also require consent of instructor; these are identified in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Research Methodology in Business and Organizational Communication.
  • Topic 2: Projects, Proposals, and Presentations. Communicating effectively in business using advanced writing and presentation concepts and techniques to increase individual and team effectiveness.
  • Topic 3: Advanced Report Writing, Professional Reports, and Other Scholarly Papers.

380N. Topics in Information Management. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

  • Topic 2: Managing Information. Understanding, designing, and controlling the information processing activities of an organization. Complements Business Administration 380C by focusing on information systems rather than information technology. Includes business intelligence, knowledge management, data modeling, group decision support systems, and electronic commerce. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 380C.
  • Topic 3: Business Process Excellence. Emerging technology, data and process modeling (flow focus for integrated applications), reengineering, and change management. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 380C.
  • Topic 4: Digital Economy and Commerce. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 2) and credit or registration for Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 3).

381N. Topics in Information Systems. Selected topics in information technology and management of information systems development. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

  • Topic 1: Introduction to Data Management.
  • Topic 2: Research in Information Systems: Organizational and Behavioral Perspectives.
  • Topic 3: Strategic Analysis for High-Tech Industries. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Management 385 (Topic 9: Strategic Analysis for High-Tech Industries) and Management Information Systems 381N (Topic 3) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 2: Managing Information), 380N (Topic 3: Managing Systems), and credit or registration for Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 4: Digital Economy and Commerce).
  • Topic 4: Decision Support Systems.
  • Topic 5: Information Systems Design and Implementation. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 2: Managing Information), 380N (Topic 3: Managing Systems), and credit or registration for Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 4: Digital Economy and Commerce).
  • Topic 6: Research Seminar.
  • Topic 7: Information and Knowledge Management. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 2: Managing Information), 380N (Topic 3: Managing Systems), and credit or registration for Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 4: Digital Economy and Commerce).
  • Topic 8: Managing Disruptive Innovations. Focuses on the management of disruptive technologies, including analyzing whether an emerging technology is sustaining or disruptive, identifying new markets for disruptive technologies, justifying investments in disruptive technologies, implementing disruptive technologies, and appropriating value from them. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
  • Topic 9: Change Management Practicum I. Project-oriented course focusing on design of organizational change.
  • Topic 10: Change Management Practicum II. Project-oriented course focusing on implementation of organizational change. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 381N (Topic 9).
  • Topic 11: Research in Information Technology.
  • Topic 12: Advanced Information Systems Readings.
  • Topic 13: Advanced Data Communications. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 381N (Topic 8).
  • Topic 14: Global Information Technology Management.
  • Topic 15: Introduction to Electronic Commerce.
  • Topic 16: Information Systems Projects.
  • Topic 17: Client/Server Development.
  • Topic 18: Innovation, Technology, and Commercialization.
  • Topic 19: Technology Transfer: Theory and Practice.
  • Topic 20: Cross-Cultural Issues in Information Systems.
  • Topic 21: Seminar in Multimedia Systems.
  • Topic 22: Information Technology Strategy and Services. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 2: Managing Information), 380N (Topic 3: Managing Systems), and credit or registration for Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 4: Digital Economy and Commerce).
  • Topic 23: E-Business: Strategy and Policy. The responsibilities of the strategist for choosing, developing, and managing an overall e-business firm strategy in uncertain market, technology, and policy environments.
  • Topic 24: Global E-Business: Theory and Cases. Analysis of case studies, incorporating Oracle and other Web-based distributed computing solutions. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • Topic 25: E-Security and E-Forensic Frameworks. Discussion and hands-on use of current Web and distributed computing security software and e-forensic solutions. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • Topic 26: Research Methods in Information Systems. Restricted to doctoral students. Overview of research methods used to study information systems problems. Fundamental concepts and criteria for use with and evaluation of quantitative and qualitative, positivist and interpretive research methods. Current state-of-the-art applications.

382N. Topics in Information Management. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

  • Topic 1: Managing Financial Information. Data modeling and information management for investment analysis and financial systems.
  • Topic 2: E-Business Change. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
  • Topic 3: E-Business Application Development.
  • Topic 4: Cross-Functional Systems Integration. Additional prerequisite: Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 2: Managing Information), 380N (Topic 3: Managing Systems), and credit or registration for Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 4: Digital Economy and Commerce).
  • Topic 5: Managing Complexity.
  • Topic 6: Computer Auditing and Systems Security.
  • Topic 7: Project Management in Fast-Cycle Environments.
  • Topic 8: Balanced Scoreboard: An Information Systems Perspective. Theory and tools that support the design and implementation of balanced scoreboard evaluation systems.
  • Topic 9: Data Mining for Business Intelligence.
  • Topic 10: Data Mining for Marketing.

383N. Topics in Information-Intensive Business Processes. Topics in management of information in specific industries or application areas. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

  • Topic 1: Health Care Management. Management 385 (Topic 3: Health Care Management) and Management Information Systems 383N (Topic 1) may not both be counted.
  • Topic 2: Health Services Seminar.
  • Topic 3: Customer Insights.
  • Topic 4: Supply Chain Management.
  • Topic 5: Computer Tools for Investment Science.
  • Topic 6: Trading-Floor Technology.
  • Topic 10: Practicum in Multimedia Systems Development. Restricted to MBA and MPA students who have chosen the information management concentration. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 380C and consent of instructor.
  • Topic 12: E-Business Innovation.

385. Management Information Systems. Overview of hardware and software life cycles; in-depth considerations of program design, including experience programming for large-scale computer systems in COBOL, FORTRAN, and/or BASIC. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

698. Thesis. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in information, risk, and operations management and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Management Information Systems 698A.

398R. Master’s Report. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master’s degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in information, risk, and operations management and consent of the supervising faculty member and the graduate adviser.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree and fulfillment of the language requirement for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Management Information Systems 399R, 699R, or 999R.

Operations Management: O M

380. Seminar in Operations Management. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Management Science 380 and Operations Management 380 may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Combinatorial Optimization. Concepts of computational complexity; the foundation of discrete mathematics and combinatorial theory.
  • Topic 2: Linear Programming. Model formulation: solution algorithms; duality theory; decomposition; sparse matrix issues; sensitivity and parametric analysis; optimization and matrix generation computer software.
  • Topic 3: Network Optimization. Applications, theory, and algorithms of the shortest path, maximum flow, and minimum cost flow problems. Discussion of classic and contemporary aspects of network optimization, including auction algorithms and cost-scaling techniques, to provide an integrated view of theory, algorithms, and applications. Additional prerequisite: Coursework in linear algebra and introductory coursework in operations management.
  • Topic 4: Algorithms and Implementations. Design, analysis, implementation, and use of computer algorithms. Introduction to fundamental data structures, sorting, recursive programs, dynamic data structures, memory management, algorithm design techniques and complexity analysis, and applications in optimization problems. Examples from linear and integer programming, covering, knapsack, graph-theoretic problems, network analysis, and scheduling.
  • Topic 5: Business Process Simulation. Modeling with simulation languages; random number generation; statistical analysis of input and output; variance reduction techniques; computer software applications. Additional prerequisite: Introductory coursework in operations management and statistics.
  • Topic 6: Integer Programming. Mathematical programming models with discrete (integer) decision alternatives. Model formulation and solution algorithms. Additional prerequisite: Coursework in linear programming.
  • Topic 7: Nonlinear Programming. Optimization of nonlinear functions of many variables subject to linear or nonlinear constraints. Basic theory, solution algorithms, applications, computer software. Additional prerequisite: Coursework in advanced calculus and linear algebra.
  • Topic 8: Large-Scale System Optimization. Formulation and solution of large mathematical optimization models. Focus on algorithms that exploit special structure of linear and nonlinear programming models. Applications. Additional prerequisite: Coursework in advanced calculus and linear programming.
  • Topic 9: Stochastic Processes. Discrete stochastic systems, queueing processes, inventory models, replacement, renewal theory, Markovian processes. Additional prerequisite: Mathematics 362K or the equivalent; completion of calculus and mathematical statistics and probability is recommended.
  • Topic 10: Queueing Systems. Deterministic queues, priorities, random walks, networks, approximations, and applications. Additional prerequisite: Operations Management 380 (Topic 9) (or Management Science 380 [Topic 11: Stochastic Processes]) or the equivalent.
  • Topic 11: Graduate Seminars. Required for doctoral students in operations management.
  • Topic 12: Logistics. Tools and concepts for the management of the flow of information, material, product, and cash between the initial suppliers of raw material and the ultimate consumers of finished goods.
  • Topic 13: Management Planning and Control of Complex Systems. Designed to provide guidance to doctoral students interested in research on new approaches to management planning and control of complex systems, and to MBA students interested in evaluating new practices currently being used in management planning and control activities.
  • Topic 15: Optimization I. Introduction to operations research and optimization, including linear programming, network models, deterministic dynamic programming, decisions under uncertainty, game theory, inventory models, and simulation. Emphasis on mathematical programming models and algorithmic approach of operations research problems. Only one of the following may be counted: Management Science 380 (Topic 25: Optimization I), Operations Management 380 (Topic 14: Optimization), 380 (Topic 15).
  • Topic 16: Optimization II. Designed to provide students, especially those involved in research, with more advanced optimization tools in several broad areas. Includes nonlinear programming, graph theory, integer programming, Markov chains, probabilistic dynamic programming, queueing theory, and metaheuristics. Emphasis on mathematical programming modeling and algorithmic approach of operations research problems. Only one of the following may be counted: Management Science 380 (Topic 26: Optimization II), Operations Management 380 (Topic 14: Optimization), 380 (Topic 16). Additional prerequisite: Operations Management 380 (Topic 15).

386. Current Issues in Operations Management. Strategic problems, policies, models, and concepts for the design and control of new or existing operations systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Some sections are offered on the letter-grade basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Only one of the following may be counted unless the topics vary: Management 386, Management Science 386, Operations Management 386. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Service Management.
  • Topic 2: Supply Chain and Operations Strategy.
  • Topic 3: Strategic Quality Management.
  • Topic 4: Operations Practicum.
  • Topic 5: Managing Projects.

392. Seminar: Operations Management. Intensive analysis of operations management issues. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Only one of the following may be counted unless the topics vary: Management 392, Management Science 392, Operations Management 392. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral degree program and consent of instructor.

  • Topic 1: Operations Management Colloquium.

Risk Management: R M

391. Topics in Decision Analysis. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Management Science 380 and Risk Management 391 may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic; these are identified in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Decision Analysis. Descriptive and normative principles of decision making. Additional prerequisite: Admission to the PPA or MPA program or consent of instructor.
  • Topic 2: Managing Decisions under Risk. State-of-the-art methods and tools to analyze risky decisions and design optimal strategies. Practical knowledge and practice are emphasized.
  • Topic 3: Research Issues in Decision Making. Talks by students and faculty members with research interests in decision making, and group discussion of the talks and of students’ decision-related research. Additional prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management.
  • Topic 4: Behavioral Decision Theory. The psychology of decision making: how and why our judgments are more fallible than we ordinarily suppose, and the extent to which predictive judgment can be improved through use of normative strategies that tell us how we should make judgments and decisions.

392. Topics in Quantitative Finance. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

395. Seminar: Risk Management. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

  • Topic 1: Corporate Risk Management. Analysis of risk management and security needs of businesses and individuals; related insurance coverages and other tools available to deal with risk.
  • Topic 2: Financial and Economic Aspects of Risk Management. Analysis of risk management techniques and insurance company operations. Similarities between insurance pricing techniques and risk management methodology.
  • Topic 3: Risk Management and Finance. Examination of theories underlying risk management techniques for business and insurance mechanisms; theoretical analysis of problems and practices in risk management.
  • Topic 5: Managing Environmental Risk.
  • Topic 6: Risk Analysis and Management.
  • Topic 7: Managing International Risk. The global aspects of risk management; basic risk and crisis management principles pertinent to multinational firms; financially, legally, and culturally multinational marketplaces such as reinsurance markets, captive offshore insurance.
  • Topic 8: Managing Employee Risks and Benefits. Corporate planning and public policy issues associated with employee benefits.

Statistics: STA

380. Seminar in Business Statistics. Selected topics in the applications of statistical methods to business problems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

  • Topic 1: Correlation and Regression Analysis.
  • Topic 2: Design of Experiments.
  • Topic 3: Statistical Computing with SAS.
  • Topic 4: Nonparametric Methods.
  • Topic 5: Statistical Consulting. Additional prerequisite: Coursework in mathematical statistics and regression.
  • Topic 6: Survey Research Methods.
  • Topic 7: Forecasting. Development of forecasting techniques for use in business applications. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 386T or the equivalent.
  • Topic 8: Cybernetics and the Law: Societal, Economic, and Other Problems.
  • Topic 9: Applied Linear Models. Theory and application of linear models in empirically oriented research in business. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 386T or the equivalent.
  • Topic 10: Mathematical Statistics for Applications. Introduction to the basic concepts of probability and mathematical statistics for doctoral degree students who plan to use statistical methods in their research but do not need a highly mathematical development of the subject. Topics include probability distributions and estimation theory and hypothesis testing techniques. Additional prerequisite: A calculus course covering integration and differentiation.
  • Topic 11: Analysis of Variance. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 386T or the equivalent.
  • Topic 12: Applied Multivariate Methods. Additional prerequisite: Business Administration 386T or the equivalent, and familiarity with statistical software.
  • Topic 13: Statistical Decision Theory. Development of the mathematical basis of statistical decision theory from both the Bayesian and the frequentist point of view. Additional prerequisite: A calculus-level course in statistics.
  • Topic 14: Risk Analysis and Management. The quantification and analysis of risk, considered from several perspectives: financial risk measures, strategic risk measures, stochastic dominance rules, chance constrained programming, and safety-first approaches.
  • Topic 15: Research on Probabilistic Judgment. Research training and experience for graduate students and advanced Business Honors Program undergraduate students who are interested in probabilistic judgment. Additional prerequisite: Statistics 309H or the equivalent and consent of instructor.
  • Topic 16: Probability and Science in the Courtroom. The role of probability and scientific reasoning in legal judgments: differences between probability evidence and other types of evidence; legal and psychological implications of these differences; the role of statistics, formal analyses, and expert opinions in legal decisions; their impact on judges and jurors. Management Science 380 (Topic 20: Probability and Science in the Courtroom) and Statistics 380 (Topic 16) may not both be counted.

381. Sampling. Theory of sampling; sample design, including stratified, systematic, and multistage sampling; nonsampling errors. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Business Administration 386T.

287, 387. Business Analytics and Decision Modeling. Introduction to some of the basic concepts in quantitative business analysis that are used to support organizational decision making over various time frames. Explores methods that apply to all areas of an organization, with emphasis on financial decision making. For 287, four lecture hours a week for a half a semester; for 387, three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

Graduate Catalog, 2009-2011

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