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Management Science (MGSC) Course Descriptions. [Information is taken from USC Undergraduate 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 Schedule for 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.

398 -- Applied Problem Solving and Programming. {=CSCE 304} (3) (Prereq: CSCE 204 or MGSC 298) Systematic problem definition, solution formulation, and computer implementation for business and related areas. Internet and database applications. Programming exercises in a high-level programming language.

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.