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Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Department of

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Department Chair

Bhushan Kapoor

Department Office/Website

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 4113


Vahideh Abedi, Rahul Bhaskar, Tammy Drezner, Zvi Drezner, Zvi Goldstein, Ester Gonzalez, Pawel Kalczynski, Bhushan Kapoor, Malini Krishnamurthi, Mabel Kung, Peng Liu, Laura Marcoulides, Do Le Minh, Sinjini Mitra, Barry Pasternack, Sorel Reisman, Panayiotis Skordi, Daniel Soper, Ofir Turel, Samuel Yang, Dawit Zerom, Yi “Jenny” Zhang


The Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department offers courses in Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Business Analytics. Information systems are computer-based systems that aid management in making decisions and assist in implementing and controlling management policies. They are used in business, industry and government operations. Applications include airline reservations, banking transactions, crime prevention networks, election returns, real estate assessment, tax records, newspaper databases, sports statistics and computer assisted learning.

Decision sciences is the application of the scientific method to decision-making in business and government using the techniques of operations research and statistics. Nearly all decision sciences problems involve solutions using computers. Operations research uses mathematical and simulation models to provide decision-makers with quantitative information pertaining to complex business situations. Statistics assists decision-makers by using techniques designed to draw inferences from experimental and sampling data.

Business analytics is a broad field consisting of a variety of business processes for data management and a wide range of analytical tools for performing data analysis to make better strategic and tactical business decisions. Business processes for data management include methods for planning, collecting, storing and structuring data into databases and data warehouses. Analytical tasks include querying, reporting, visualizing, generating online active reports and running advanced analytical techniques for classification, segmentation and prediction (e.g., data mining).

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

B.A. Business Administration

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration:

Problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Effectively use quantitative/analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in a business situation

Interpersonal relations

  • Motivate self and others to achieve group and organizational goals
  • Diagnose and resolve conflict in group and organizational settings

Ethical awareness

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and responsibilities

Functional knowledge

  • Understand and appreciate the principles and roles of each of the major business disciplines and the interrelationships of these disciplines within a strategic framework

Multicultural awareness

  • Appreciate diversity and understand how workforce and market diversity challenge, benefit and influence the activities of the organization

Information technology skills

  • Use information technology to support business analysis and operations

Global awareness

  • Understand the impact of the global economy and business environment

Economic and legal environment knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge about the economic and legal environments in which business operates

Communications skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to communicate effectively about business issues using written and oral communications

M.S. Information Systems Concentration

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a master’s degree in Information Systems:


  • Assess the telecommunications needs of an organization
  • Supervise the development of a local or wide-area data and communications network

Use the Internet in support of operations

  • Select the appropriate telecommunications hardware and software


  • Be familiar with the terminology and basic principles of business information systems and the Internet
  • Understand ethical, global, political, social, legal, regulatory, environmental and technology issues
  • Understand the impact of demographic diversity on organizations

Systems development process

  • Analyze the information systems needs of an organization
  • Design an information system to serve the needs of an organization

Data needs

  • Design a database system to serve the needs of an organization
  • Select appropriate software to operate a database system

Programming concepts

  • Write a computer program using the fundamental concepts of programming
  • Document a program
  • Select a particular computer language for a programming application


  • Work productively in a team or collaborative setting to achieve common goals


  • Conduct, evaluate and synthesize research, and apply theoretical ideas to practical settings


  • Effectively present ideas in a logical framework in a variety of forms with proper language structure and mechanics

Programs and Courses Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Business Adminstration, Minor in Information Systems, Master of Business Administration

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Business Adminstration



    Master of Science


      Information Systems and Decision Sciences

      Courses are designated as ISDS in the class schedule.

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