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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: BUSI 508
Course Title: Decision Science for Business
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of quantitative skills useful to managers. Discussions focus on selected algebra topics, mathematics for finance  and descriptive statistics and probability. Prerequisite: Knowledge of college algebra, Excel, or other computer spreadsheet applications is important.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Knowledge of college algebra, Excel, or other computer spreadsheet applications is important.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis
By Cliff T. Ragsdale, Ed. (Thomson Southwestern)
Course Objectives

  • To understand a variety of quantitative methods.
  • To emphasize presentations, peer review and application of quantitative methods.

    Measurable Learning
  • Use linear programming for optimization and modeling business applications.
  • Apply the concept of sensitivity analysis.
  • Apply regression analysis for problem solving in business applications.
  • Explain queuing theory.
  • Evaluate risk assessment and project management.
    Topical Outline:

     • Optimization linear programming • Modeling LP problems • Sensitivity analysis • Network modeling • Regression analysis • Integer linear programming • Project management

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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    Prepared by: Tim Ireland Date: April 25, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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