College of Business
(See Business Administration in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)
110 Mathematical Analysis for Business (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: a score of 550 or above on the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam, or an approved exemption. Basic quantitative reasoning and employment of fundamental mathematical principles in the solution of business problems. Areas covered are elements of calculus, probability, mathematics of finance, and decision-making.
212* Business Statistics I (3)
Prerequisites: a grade of C- or better in BA 110, MATH 110 or 220, or equivalents. Statistical methods essential in solving business problems including probability distributions, estimation and tests of hypotheses, regression analysis, and index numbers.
*BA 212 pretests are given prior to each semester by the SFSU Testing Center. Students should check with the Testing Center for exact dates and to register for the test.
312 Business Statistics II (3)
Continuation of BA 212. Sampling theory; introduction to analysis of variance and experimental design; multiple regression; contingency tables; introduction to decision analysis.
408 Introduction to Business Simulation (3)
Prerequisites: BA 212 and BICS 263 or equivalent. Review of probability distribution; random number generation; structure of business simulation models. The GPSS-V simulation language. Interpretation of results. Classwork, two units; laboratory, one unit.
412 Operations Management (3)
Prerequisites: ACCT 101, BA 110, 212, BICS 263, and MGMT 405. Introduction to management of the production of goods and services. Use of computer-based models. Topics include resource allocation, facility location and design, operations scheduling, capacity planning, inventory management, and quality control.
510 Elements of Quantitative Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in business. Designed for students who do not meet minimum equivalency standards. Topics include probability, mathematics of finance and elementary calculus, with applications in business operations. May not be used to meet masters' degree GAP requirements.
512 Elements of Business Statistics (3)
Prerequisite: classified graduate standing in business. Corequisite: BA 510 or equivalent. Designed for students who do not meet minimum equivalency standards. Topics include estimation, hypothesis tests, regression, and correlation. May not be used to meet masters' degree GAP requirements.
567 Business Analysis Internship (3)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, completed application form, and two out of BA 312, 408, 601, and 604. Provides B.A. majors the opportunity to participate in a semester of field experience in their chosen concentration. Major report required. (Also offered as BICS 567.)
601 Applications of Operations Research (3)
Prerequisites: BA 110, 212, 412, and BICS 263, or consent of instructor. Principles of operations research and their applications in business and the public sector. Emphasis on problem formulation, implementation, and control.
604 Business Forecasting (3)
Prerequisites: BA 212 and BICS 263 or consent of instructor. Basic business forecasting methodology and applications. Topics covered include both quantitative and qualitative approaches to short-, medium-, and long-range forecasting. Emphasis on practical aspects of forecasting within business environments and interrelationships with business planning.
622 World Class Manufacturing Operations (3)
Prerequisite: BA 412 or consent of instructor. Trends in manufacturing in world class companies. Analysis of manufacturing systems. Operations management issues related to automation and computerization of production. Issues pertaining to small manufacturers. Technology as a strategic tool in global competition.
623 World Class Service Operations (3)
Prerequisite: BA 412 or consent of instructor. Study of latest developments and future trends of operations management in the service industry. Impact of computer-based automation on all aspects of planning, design, and control of operations in public and private world class service organizations.
624 World Class Productivity and Quality (3)
Prerequisite: BA 412 or consent of instructor. Definition, measurement, and analysis of productivity and quality in manufacturing and service organizations. Applications from world class companies and public agencies used to introduce productivity measures, quality costs and quality control practices, and related ethical issues.
699 Special Projects in Business Analysis (1–3)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair. Intensive problem analysis under the direction of a business analysis faculty member. Open only to upper division students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work.
811 Problem Analysis and Solution (3)
Prerequisites: BUS 785, 786, 788, or equivalents. System approach to analysis and solution of complex problems. Conceptual issues in problem definition, goal determination, and measurement of effectiveness. Client relations, management of research teams, formulation procedures, formal models, data acquisition, and analysis.
814 Seminar in Advanced Computing Applications for Management (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 782, 785, and 786, or equivalents. For course description, see BICS 814.
816 Seminar in Business Forecasting (3)
Prerequisite: foundation courses or equivalent. Theory and practice of short-, medium-, and long-range forecasting within business environments. Topics covered include both quantitative and qualitative forecasting methods. The nature and role of the forecasting function are examined. Pitfalls are discussed. Emphasis on practical cases.
851 Computer Simulation and Decision-Making (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 786 or equivalent; recommended BICS 265 or equivalent. Design and use of computer simulation models in business decision-making. Application to selected problems in various areas of business.
852 Seminar: Management Science (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 781–BUS 788. Management science techniques with focus on decision analysis and mathematical programming topics. Emphasis on problem formulation, solution implementation, and operations control. Cases are drawn from the business and public sectors.
853 Seminar in Data Analysis (3)
Prerequisites: BUS 786 or equivalent. Introductory sampling techniques and exploratory methods of data analysis. Variable topics include principle components, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, clustering, discrete multi-variate analysis and multi-dimensional scalings as applied to business problems.
854 Total Quality Systems (3)
Prerequisites: BUS 783, 785, 786, 788. Concepts, methods, and current practices used to ensure product and service quality. Topics include quality as a system, customer-driven quality, continuous process improvement, quality and productivity, implementation approaches, applications, and ethical issues.
899 Special Projects in Business Analysis (1-3)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair. Intensive study of a particular problem under the direction of a member of the business analysis faculty. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work.