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Vahideh Abedi, Nimer Alrushiedat, Rahul Bhaskar, Daniel Cavagnaro, Tammy Drezner, Zvi Drezner, Zvi Goldstein, Ester Gonzalez, Prem Gupta, Yuhong He, Pawel Kalczynski, Bhushan Kapoor, Malini Krishnamurthi, Mabel Kung, Peng Liu, Laura Marcoulides, Do Le Minh, Sinjini Mitra, Sorel Reisman, Panayiotis Skordi, Daniel Soper, Amr Soror, Laurent Tambayong, 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
- Motivate self and others to achieve group and organizational goals
- Diagnose and resolve conflict in group and organizational settings
- Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and responsibilities
- Understand and appreciate the principles and roles of each of the major business disciplines and the interrelationships of these disciplines within a strategic framework
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Design a database system to serve the needs of an organization
- Select appropriate software to operate a database system
- 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 Administration
- Business Administration, Business Analytics Concentration, B.A.
- Business Administration, Decision Sciences Concentration, B.A.
- Business Administration, Information Systems Concentration, B.A.
- Business Administration, Joint Emphasis in Accounting and Information Systems, B.A.
- Business Administration, Marketing and Information Systems Concentration, B.A.
Master of Business Adminstration
ProgramsMaster of Science
CoursesInformation Systems and Decision Sciences
Courses are designated as ISDS in the class schedule.