Department of Information and Decision Sciences (IDS)

The Department of Information and Decision Sciences offers programs and courses in information systems, operations and supply chain management, and business analytics. IDS explores the synergies between information technology, business data and analytics, e-business, supply chain management, and risk management in today’s business organizations. We are committed to educating the next generation of business leaders in these high job growth areas at the cutting edge of current business innovations. IDS faculty are active in research on information systems and applications, technology and innovation management, data analytics, business statistics and forecasting, supply chain management, e-business, mobile computing, health informatics, and social media.

The curriculum integrates foundational knowledge with experiential learning and real-world projects. Projects with industry partners are a required component of the program. IDS courses reflect technology advancements and changing business needs to address current areas where there is strong market demand for well-trained business professionals. Students can select courses to specialize in Management Information Systems, Business Analytics, or Operations & Supply Chain Management.

The program also provides ideal preparation for graduate study leading to the MS in Business Analytics, MS in Management Information Systems, Master of Business Administration, and other advanced degrees. Students who meet established criteria can apply for Preferred Admission to the MS in Business Analytics program and the Guaranteed Admission into the MS in Management Information Systems program (GAMIS) program.

Distinction

See Academic Honors in College of Business Administration section.

Courses

IDS 200. Intro to Management Information Systems. 4 hours.

Introduction to concepts and application of information technology for solving business problems and supporting organizational functions. Includes hands-on instruction on use of computer-based productivity tools. Course Information: Previously listed as IDS 100. Class Schedule Information: During the fall and spring terms, combined section final exam will be held on Thursday of finals week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory-Discussion and one Lecture.

IDS 201. Introduction to Business Programming. 3 hours.

Disciplined computer-assisted problem solving. Structured programming, data types and data structures, modularization. Program design for business information- and decision-support. Course Information: Credit is not given for IDS 201 if the student has credit for MCS 260. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200 and MATH 160 or the equivalent courses. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

IDS 270. Business Statistics I. 4 hours.

Survey of concepts and techniques for business applications of statistics. Use of computer software for tabulation and analysis of data. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): MATH 160 or MATH 165. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion.

IDS 312. Business Project Management. 3 hours.

An integrative approach to learning how projects contribute to the strategic goals of the organization. Major issues: selecting projects, project management techniques and tools, budgeting, monitoring, risk mitigation, and interpersonal skills.

IDS 313. Internet Applications in Business. 3 hours.

Internet business applications in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, and marketing. Assessing business problems, planning Internet-based solutions, and understanding web tools. Students interested in further studies can continue with IDS 413.

IDS 331. Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets. 3 hours.

Analyzing business cases using spreadsheet software. Effective and efficient use of Excel. Spreadsheet automation using Visual Basic for Applications. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200. Recommended background: ACTG 110.

IDS 355. Operations Management. 3 hours.

Application of management sciences to the planning and design of production, distribution, and service systems. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. Class Schedule Information: During the fall and spring terms, combined section final exam will be held on Thursday of finals week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture.

IDS 371. Business Statistics II. 3 hours.

Continuation of survey of statistical concepts and techniques for operational and managerial decisions. Use of computer software for analysis of data. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): IDS 270 and MATH 165.

IDS 400. Advanced Business Programming Using Java. 0-4 hours.

Visual extended business language capabilities, including creating and using controls, menus and dialogs, objects and instances, mouse events, graphics, file-system controls. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331 or a programming course in mathematics or computer science, or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

IDS 401. Business Object Programming using Java. 0-4 hours.

Basic concepts in object-oriented programming such as objects, classes, class inheritance and interfaces, data abstraction and encapsulation, polymorphism, and dynamic binding. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or the equivalent. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

IDS 403. Information Security. 3 or 4 hours.

Examine the field of information security to prepare students for their future roles as business decision-makers. Presents a balance of the managerial and technical aspects of information security. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200 or the equivalent.

IDS 405. Business Systems Analysis and Design. 3 or 4 hours.

Theory of analysis, design and development of information systems; information management and database management systems; data management and analysis; case studies in systems implementation and evaluation. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331.

IDS 406. Business Systems Project. 3 or 4 hours.

Project experience in a business setting. Analysis, design, development and evaluation of computer-based business information systems. Project planning, scheduling and management. Project work at an outside company or University office. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Knowledge of programming and databases; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Familiarity with systems analysis and design (IDS 405).

IDS 410. Business Database Technology. 3 or 4 hours.

Computer software techniques used in business with emphasis on information management and database management systems. Data management and analysis. Major types of database management systems, query languages. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331.

IDS 412. Distributed Business Systems. 3 or 4 hours.

Organizational aspects and underlying concepts of distributed business systems, decentralization versus centralization issues, costs of distributed computing, and performance evaluation measures. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 330; and credit or concurrent registration in IDS 410.

IDS 413. Internet Technology and Management. 3 hours.

The technologies of World Wide Web development. Topics include: TCP/IP, HTTP, HTML, HTML authoring, XML, ASP programming, client-side programming, and Web 2.0, web servers, database servers, business application servers and Internet. Course Information: Credit is not given for IDS 413 if the student has credit for IDS 424. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331; and IDS 410.

IDS 420. Business Model Simulation. 3 or 4 hours.

Simulation analysis of strategic business decision models for investment, marketing, product introduction, and operational policies concerning inventory, production planning, quality assurance and supply chain management. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in IDS 355; or credit or concurrent registration in IDS 331 or the equivalent.

IDS 422. Knowledge Management Systems. 3 or 4 hours.

Computer-based methods for decision support. It aims at providing exposure and insights into a range of approaches and tools for decision aiding, and how they can be utilized in supporting various managerial decision processes. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 410 or consent of the instructor.

IDS 435. Optimization Models and Methods. 3 or 4 hours.

Linear , nonlinear, dynamic programming, combinatorial methods. Use of spreadsheet and other software tools. Duality, sensitivity analysis. Models for business operationss and planning, computer systems, transportation, finance. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355; and IDS 371 or the equivalent. Business Administration students must have declared a major.

IDS 437. Stochastic Methods. 3 or 4 hours.

Stochastic processes and other applications of probability theory. Use of spreadsheet and other software tools for analysis, simulation and decision theory. Models for business operations and planning, computer systems, transportation, finance. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355 and IDS 371.

IDS 446. Decision Analysis. 3 or 4 hours.

Prior and posterior distributions; conjugate priors; value of information; applications to decision making in business. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371.

IDS 450. Advanced Operations Management. 0-4 hours.

Application of management science to the operation and control of production, distribution, and service systems. Emphasis on inventory management, production planning, capacity expansion, and demand forecasting. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355 or the equivalent. Business administration students must have declared a major. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

IDS 451. Enterprise Operations and Supply Chain Systems. 0-4 hours.

Provides an overview of how enterprise business systems operate and are used to manage operations and supply chains in order to make effective business decisions. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Extensive computer use required. Shows students how business processes integrate within an enterprise and across the supply chain. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200 and credit or concurrent registration in IDS 355; or credit or concurrent registration in IDS 532. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

IDS 454. Introduction to Supply Chain Management. 3 or 4 hours.

Supply Chain Management is studied as an information-intensive, integrated system for managing material flows, logistics and inter-organizational partnership to deliver products and services. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355.

IDS 460. Survey Sampling: Theory and Methods. 3 or 4 hours.

Planning and analyzing surveys. Topics include simple random sampling, stratified sampling, systematic sampling, ratio estimation, and cluster sampling. Case studies with applications to real situations. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371.

IDS 462. Statistical Software for Business Applications. 3 or 4 hours.

Statistical software in business applications and data mining. SAS and other packages such as SPSS, MATLAB, Maple, Splus, B34S, SCA. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or consent of the instructor.

IDS 470. Multivariate Analysis. 3 or 4 hours.

Introduction to the structure and analysis of multivariate data. Emphasis on the multivariate normal model. Regression; tests concerning multivariate means, classification; discriminant analysis, principal components. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371; or MATH 310; or MATH 320.

IDS 472. Business Data Mining. 3 or 4 hours.

Searching for relationships between variables in databases. Decision trees, cluster analysis, logistic regression, path analysis. Applications to marketing, quality assurance, operations management, human resources. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for IDS 472 if the student has credit for IDS 572. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or the equivalent.

IDS 473. Introduction to Risk Management. 3 hours.

Introduction to risk management. Loan and credit management; credit scoring. Risk measurements and reserves; banking and insurance capital requirements, the BASEL accord, tail events and catastrophic event insurance. Financial contracts and hedging. Course Information: Same as FIN 473. Prerequisite(s): FIN 300 and IDS 371.

IDS 474. Quality and Productivity Improvement Using Statistical Methods. 3 or 4 hours.

Directed experimentation for quality and productivity improvement, quality surveillance, design and analysis of two-level factorial experiments and multi-level experiments, data transformation. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or consent of the instructor.

IDS 475. Database Accounting Systems. 3 or 4 hours.

Concepts and principles of designing database systems to perform accounting functions, applications of microcomputer accounting software packages systems design tools, and computerized transaction cycles. Course Information: Same as ACTG 475. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): A passing grade in both ACTG 211 and IDS 200.

IDS 476. Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods. 3 or 4 hours.

Autoregressive, moving average, and seasonal models for time series analysis and business forecasting. Forecasting using multi-variable transfer function models is also included. Course Information: Same as ECON 450. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or ECON 300 or ECON 400; or consent of the instructor.

IDS 478. Regression Analysis. 3 or 4 hours.

Data collection and exploration; model building; variable least squares; residual analysis; variable selection; multicollinearity; ridge regression; nonlinear regression; nonparametric regression. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371.

IDS 479. Enterprise Risk Management. 3 or 4 hours.

Overview of enterprise-wide risk management strategies and techniques: strategies that firms employ to enhance value and minimize exposure; techniques used to identify, measure, reduce, and transfer risk. Course Information: Same as FIN 479. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): FIN 300; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: IDS 473 or FIN 473.

IDS 494. Topics in Information and Decision Sciences. 3 or 4 hours.

Topics vary; selected readings; case analysis. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s) if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

IDS 495. Competitive Strategy. 4 hours.

Multidisciplinary analysis of organizational strategy and policy using case method and/or business simulation. Assignments involve extensive library research and oral and written reports. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above Senior standing in the College of Business Administration and completion of all other CBA core courses.

IDS 499. Research Experience. 1-3 hours.

Research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. The faculty member and student will determinne the research project. Each student must submit a written report and each student must participate at a research event on campus. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the department and the instructor.