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Management Science Courses

Management Science (MGSC) Course Descriptions. [Information is taken from USC Undergraduate Bulletin and from the USC Graduate Bulletin.]  Courses are linked to representative syllabi as they become available.  If a specific professor's syllabus is needed, please e-mail him/her using the information on our faculty list.  Please note that courses are not offered every semester.  Please consult the USC Master Schedulefor course availability.

290 -- Computer Information Systems in Business(3) An introduction to the effective use of information systems tools in day-to-day business communications, analysis, and decision making.

291 -- Statistics for Business and Economics(3) Descriptive statistics, topics in probability, statistical inference and modeling. Emphasis on the collection, summarization, analysis, and reporting of numerical findings relevant to business decisions and economic analysis.

298 -- Program Design and Development. {=CSCE 204} (3) (Prereq: CSCE 101 or MGSC 290) Fundamental algorithms and processes used in business information systems. Development and representation of programming logic. Introduction to implementation using a high-level programming language.

390 -- Business Information Systems. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 290 or equivalent) Introduction to the planning, development, and management of Business Information Systems (BIS) and related information technologies in organizations. Topics include hardware, software, database, telecommunications, and the Internet.

391 -- Applied Statistical Modeling. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 291) Multiple regression, ANOVA, forecasting, quality control, and nonparametric techniques. Emphasis is on the application of these statistical models in business decision making.

392 -- Quantitative Analysis for Business Decision Making. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 291) Quantitative approaches for managerial problem solving and decision making. Formulation, solution, analysis, and interpretation of spreadsheet-based models for common business decision-making situations. Optimization, simulation, decision analysis.

393 -- Advanced Management Science. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 392) Advanced topics in management science; stochastic models, nonlinear programming, dynamic programming, Markov processes, and multiple criteria decision models.

394 -- Computer-Based Decision Making for Business. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 290, MGSC 291) Concepts and skills for the development of personal-computer-based business information system applications using software tools for spreadsheet, database, and project management.

395 -- Operations Management. (3) Management of activities/resources that result in the production of competitive goods and services in the global market place. Integrates cross-functional concepts from marketing, finance, and management.

405 -- International Information Systems. {=IBUS 405} (3) An examination of the challenges and opportunities associated with the development, management, and use of global information systems.

485 -- Business Process Management. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 395( Course entails learning and applying cutting-edge concepts and techniques of business process analyses to process improvement initiatives such as reengineering, lean, and six-sigma.

486 -- Service Operations Management. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 395) Course focuses on the management of service operations, with considerable attention paid to cutting-edge quantitative techniques. Topics covered include facility location, waiting line management, and revenue management, among others.

487 -- Global Sourcing Strategies and Application. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 395) Course covers skills necessary to pursue sourcing-related careers in manufacturing, services, retailing, and government agencies, including discussion of cutting-edge negotiation and global sourcing strategies pursued in exemplar firms.

490 -- Information Systems Analysis and Design(3) (Prereq: MGSC 298 and 390) Analysis and design of business information systems using modern tools, techniques, and methodologies.

491 -- Supply Chain Management. (3) (Prereq: MKTG 350, MGSC 395) This course examines principles governing an integrated supply chain that includes the cross-functional processes of sourcing, inventory management, and logistics. Key tools for managing supply chains will also be discussed.

494 -- Business Telecommunications. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 390) Identifies and explains the principal technologies, concepts, and techniques currently applied in the business data communications field. Current and future hardware and software technologies, networking, protocols, and the OSI Model are covered.

495 -- Supply Chain Planning and Execution. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 395) Management of systems that coordinate information and material flows within and between firms in a supply chain. Includes planning basics, lean systems, and constraint management.

497 -- GSCOM Capstone Project. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 395, 485, 486, and 487) Course entails executing projects that apply GSCOM concepts to solve significant operational or supply-chain problems at simulated or actual firms. Teams write recommendation reports and oversee sourcing strategies pursued in exemplar firms.

498 -- Fundamental Business Skills. (3) A review of basic quantitative and information systems concepts applicable to the study of Business Administration. Pass-Fail only. (Open only to prospective M.B.A. students.)

520 -- Forecasting and Time Series. {=STAT 520} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 292 or STAT 516) Time series analysis and forecasting using the multiple regression and Box-Jenkins approaches.

525 -- Statistical Quality Control. {=STAT 525} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 292 or STAT 509 or 515) Statistical procedures for process control including CUSUM and Shewhart Control Charts, and lot acceptance sampling.

590 -- Information Systems Development. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 490 or consent of instructor) Development of contemporary business information systems, including online applications and Internet-based transaction systems.

591 -- Simulation of Business Systems. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 291) Theory and design of business simulation experiments, development and use of computer simulation models, and analysis of data generated by computer simulation experiments.

592 -- Analysis of Decisions Under Uncertainty. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 291) Theory and practice of making decisions in an environment of uncertainty; development of skill in the assessment of preferences and probability distributions.

594 -- Decision Support and Expert Systems. (3) Concepts, techniques, and applications of decision support and expert technologies. Overview of decision support systems, executive information systems, data mining and warehousing, expert systems, and neural networks.

596 -- Database Management for Business(3) Technology overview and principles of database design for business applications. Enterprise database administration and planning. Design exercises and projects using the latest database management systems software.

690 -- Quantitative Foundations for Business and Economics I. {=ECON 690} (3) Calculus and classical optimization methods applied to problems in business and economic analysis; matrices, derivatives, and integrals in the analysis of both univariate and multivariate business and economic models.

691 -- Quantitative Foundations for Business and Economics II. {=ECON 691} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 690 or ECON 690) Statistics and probability theory applied to problems of business and economic analysis.

692 -- Quantitative Methods I. {=ECON 692} (3) Probability and statistics necessary for graduate study in economics and business administration; estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, analysis of variance, and nonparametric methods.

694 -- Quantitative Methods II. {=ECON 694} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 692 or equivalent) Decision models useful in business and economics; linear programming, sensitivity analysis and duality, network models, integer programming, dynamic programming, inventory and queuing, and simulation.

711 -- Quantitative Methods in Business. (3) Quantitative procedures used to make informed business decisions. The course focuses on the application of descriptive statistics, probability, interval estimates, hypothesis testing, and regression to management problems. Restricted to business students.

791 -- Operations Management. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 694, ACCT 729, and ECON 720) Survey of production or operations functions of organizations. Development of concepts and decision processes relevant to major problem areas. Emphasizes relevance of operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations.

792 -- Advanced Statistics for Business and Economics. {=ECON 792} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 692) The development and application of advanced statistical methods to problems in business and economics. Topics include application of estimation and hypothesis testing in both univariate and multivariate cases.

793 -- Simulation Methods in Business Systems. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 692, 694) Advanced theory and design of business simulation programs and validation and statistical analysis of model output.

794 -- Programming Methods. {=ECON 794} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 694) Mathematical programming techniques which are useful in business and economics. Topics include: solution techniques and applications of linear programming, duality theory, parametric programming, the decomposition problem, integer programming, dynamic programming, Lagrange multipliers, Kuhn-Tucker theory, and an introduction to control theory.

795 -- Econometrics and Regression I. {=ECON 795} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 792) A treatment of single equation estimating techniques for the simple linear model, various nonlinear models, and the general linear model.

796 -- Information Systems. (3) The study of the integration of functional area and company-wide information components considering both internal and external information flows.

797 -- Sampling Techniques. {=ECON 797} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 692 or equivalent) Statistical designs and techniques for survey investigations. Mathematical development of sampling systems; sampling units; sample size; estimation; costs; non-sampling problems. Methods of obtaining and reporting information.

798 -- Strategic Information Management. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 796) Impacts of information and the information processing industry on the management of organizations; methods for managing information resources in support of competitive strategies.

871 -- Global Sourcing: Strategies and Applications. (3) (Prereq: DMSB 718) This course covers skills necessary to pursue sourcing and related careers in manufacturing, services, retailing, and government agencies, including discussion of cutting-edge negotiation and sourcing strategies pursued by exemplar firms.

872 -- Project Management. (3) Management of projects including justification, planning, scheduling, monitoring, controlling, and auditing. The course makes extensive use of project management information systems.

873 -- Service Operations Management. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 791) Analysis of service operations, integrated about strategy, design, and delivery issues. Comparison of manufacturing and service operations, emphasizing consumer participation in the service process.

874 -- Operations Strategy and Productive Systems Design. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 791) Development and implementation of productive operations strategy and its relation to the overall organizational strategy; particular attention is given to the interface between product and process technology.

875T -- Supply Chain Coordination and Control. (3) (Prereq: DMSB 718MGSC 291.pdf or MGSC 791) Design and management of systems that coordinate information and material flows within and between firms in a supply chain. Addresses planning basics, system alternatives, and advanced value stream synchronization.

876 -- Supply Chain Management. (3) (Prereq: DMSB 718 or MGSC 791) Management activities and models in the areas of sourcing, inventory management, and logistics that help frame, structure, and solve decisions that pertain to various aspects of supply chain management.

877 -- Operations Analysis. (3) (Prereq: DMSB 718 or MGSC 791) Practical applications of statistical, optimization, heuristic, simulation, and other quantitative techniques for analyzing problems of contemporary business interest in the areas of manufacturing, services, and supply chain management.

889 -- Design of Advanced Business Information Structures. (3) (Prereq: CSCE 205 and CSCE 500) A study of data structures and file management with specific attention to applied business problems. Special emphasis is placed on the structure and management of information for management decision-making systems.

890 -- Telecommunications. (3) (Prereq: MGSC 796) Technological concepts and techniques applied in video, data, and voice communications. Topics include local area networks, wide area networks, standards, management, and cost issues involved in telecommunications.

891 -- Data Resource Management. (3) Overview of data resource management, including database technology and design, information architecture planning, and database administration. A design project is required.

892 -- Experimental Research Methods. {=ECON 892} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 692) The structure and analysis of experimental and research designs with applications to business and economic problems.

893 -- Business Analysis, Design, and Implementation (3) Managing operations for quality.  The role of quality as a competitive tool.  History and evolution of the quality management concept, quality auditing, certification, process control and case studies.   

894 -- Advanced Topics in Management Science. {=ECON 894} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 694) Topics will be selected from: nonlinear programming, stochastic programming, integer programming, spectral analysis, decision theory, Markov processes, Box-Jenkins methods, management information systems.

895 -- Econometrics and Regression II. {=ECON 895} (3) (Prereq: MGSC 795) Topics in generalized least squares, autocorrelation, distributed lag models, principle components, identification, and simultaneous estimating techniques.

896T -- Intelligent Information Systems Design for Business Decision Making . (3) Selection, design, and application of a wide range of decision support systems and knowledge-based information technologies for supporting effective managerial decision making.

897 -- Global Supply Chain Operations Management Graduate Capstone Consulting Project . (3) (Prereq: MGSC 893) Global Supply Chain Operations Management Graduate Capstone Consulting Project.  This course entials a live project under faculty supervision in which student teams apply GSCOM concepts and techniques to soslve practical sinificant problems and opportunities in real-world service and manufacturing firms.

898 -- Management of Technology and Innovation. (3) (Prereq: MKTG 751 and MGSC 791) The role of product and process innovation in competitiveness, intellectual property rights, organizing the technical effort, and techniques to enhance and pace technology development.