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DS 110 : Calculus with Business Applications

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of ELM requirement.
Description: Basic quantitative reasoning and employment of fundamental mathematical principles to solve business problems. Elements of calculus, mathematics of finance, and decision-making.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 199 : Decision Sciences Make-Up

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Additional study to make-up for partial equivalents in Decision Sciences courses. May be repeated for a total of 2 units. (Formerly BA 199)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 212 : Business Statistics I

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in DS 110, MATH 110 or 226.
Description: Statistical methods essential in solving business problems including probability distributions, estimation and tests of hypotheses, and regression analysis.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 312 : Data Analysis with Computer Applications

Prerequisites: DS 212.
Description: Interpretation and presentation of data with business applications, using statistical software packages. Multiple regression, sampling techniques, design and analysis of surveys, analysis of variance, experimental design, and contingency tables. (Formerly BA 312)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DS 408 : Computer Simulation

Prerequisites: DS 212 and ISYS 263. The ISYS 263 prerequisite may be satisfied either by successfully passing the ISYS 263 course or waiver exam in basic computer proficiency and information systems.
Description: Development of computer-based simulation modeling skills, focusing on managerial cases. Experience with professional simulation software. Model formulation, execution, and interpretation of results. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Formerly BA 408)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 411 : Decision Modeling for Business

Prerequisites: DS 110, DS 212, and ISYS 263.
Description: Basic concepts of spreadsheet modeling and risk analysis with applications to practical business decision making. Topics include cost and demand modeling, risk analysis, revenue (yield) managment, and implementation of decision models using spreadsheets.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2010

DS 412 : Operations Management

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in DS/MATH 110, DS 212, ISYS 263 and upper division standing.
Description: Management of manufacturing and service operations. Use of computer-based models. Use of computer-based models. Forecasting, capacity planning, linear programming, inventory management, quality management, and project management.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 467 : Decision Science Internship

Prerequisites: Two of the following: DS 312, DS 408, DS 601, DS 604, DS 624; completed application form, and consent of instructor.
Description: Provides the opportunity to participate in a semester of field experience. Major report required. May not be used as part of DS concentration. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

DS 567 : Business Analysis Internship

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, completed application form, 3.0 GPA, and two courses selected from DS 312, 408, 601, 604, and 624.
Description: For course description, see ISYS 567.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2009

DS 601 : Applied Management Science

Prerequisites: DS 110, DS 212, ISYS 263. The ISYS 263 prerequisite may be satisfied either by successfully passing the ISYS 263 course or waiver exam in basic computer proficiency and information systems.
Description: Decision making in business emphasizing computer applications. Development of spreadsheet modeling skills and use of professional software.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DS 604 : Applied Business Forecasting

Prerequisites: DS 212, ISYS 263. The ISYS 263 prerequisite may be satisfied either by successfully passing the ISYS 263 course or waiver exam in basic computer proficiency and information systems.
Description: Business forecasting methodology and applications: quantitative and qualitative approaches to short-, medium-, and long-range forecasting. Practical aspects of forecasting within business environment. Interrelationships with business planning.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 624 : Quality Management

Prerequisites: DS 212, ISYS 263. (ISYS 263 may be satisfied by passing the waiver exam in basic computer proficiency and information systems.)
Description: Concepts, methods, and current practices ensuring product and service quality. Applications in manufacturing and service industries: quality as a system, customer-driven quality, continuous process improvement, implementation approaches, and ethical issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DS 655 : Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Prerequisites: DS 412.
Description: Design and management of supply chains, cost-effectiveness, environmental and social responsibility. Includes global facility and network design, aggregate planning, transportation, inventory management. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 660 GW : Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214, DS 412, and at least two DS electives; restricted to majors.
Description: Capstone course in Decision Sciences. Communication standards, supply chain management, quality, ethics, and sustainability. Focus on quantitative analysis and communication. Use of computer-based models. (ABC/NC grading only)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair.
Description: Intensive problem analysis under the direction of a decision sciences faculty member. Open only to upper division students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work.
Units: 1-3

DS 767 : Decision Sciences Internship

Prerequisites: One 800-level DS course, completed application form, and consent of instructor.
Description: Provides the opportunity to participate in a semester of field experience. Major report required. May not be used on ATC. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1-3

DS 816 : Seminar in Business Forecasting

Prerequisites: BUS 786 or consent of instructor.
Description: Theory and practice of short, medium, and long range forecasting within business environments. Quantitative and qualitative forecasting methods. Mathematical methods covered include time series models, decomposition models, linear and multiple regression models, and may include ARIMA and data mining. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 851 : Computer Simulation and Decision-Making

Prerequisites: BUS 786 or consent of instructor.
Description: Design and use of computer simulation models in business decision-making. Application to selected problems in various areas of business. (Formerly BA 851)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2010

DS 852 : Managerial Decision Making

Prerequisites: BUS 786.
Description: Model building for business decision making through data driven analysis. Creation of spreadsheet models to identify choices, formalize trade-offs, specify constraints, perform sensitivity analyses, and analyze the impact of uncertainty. Effective spreadsheet design and use.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 853 : Seminar in Data Analysis

Prerequisites: BUS 786 or consent of instructor.
Description: Sampling techniques and exploratory methods of data analysis; methods of multivariate data analysis applied to business problems. Project using real data. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3

DS 854 : Total Quality Systems

Prerequisites: BUS 786 or consent of instructor.
Description: Concepts, methods, and current practices used to ensure product and service quality: quality as a system, customer-driven quality, continuous process improvement, quality and productivity, implementation approaches, applications, and ethical issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2009

DS 855 : Supply Chain Management

Prerequisites: BUS 786 or consent of instructor.
Description: Supply chain design, planning, and operation. Concepts of competitive strategy and sustainability; aggregate planning and management of the marketing/operations interface; inventory management and procurement strategy; design of supply chain networks; the role of information technology. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DS 856 : Seminar in Project Management

Prerequisites: BUS 786 or consent of instructor. Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: The full range of issues faced by project managers. The project life cycle; technical, human, and organizational issues; planning, scheduling, and controlling the timing, resources, and costs of a project; software usage; case studies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DS 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair.
Description: Intensive study of a particular problem under the direction of a business analysis faculty member. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work.
Units: 1-3
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