Core Course Descriptions

Graduate Core Course Descriptions

 

Day MBA

GSBA-524: Managerial Statistics
Students completing this course will have a detailed understanding of basic statistical measures and analyses, as well as a proficient grasp of regression as a data-analytic method, all of which pertain to a career in business. There are constant decisions to be
made in the business world, and most of them occur under uncertainty. The
objective of this course is to arm you with statistical tools that will assist
you in effectively making these decisions. The course begins with the basics of
probability, then moves into the statistics and estimation, and finally it
examines several statistical models and their applications. These topics will
give you the tools needed for making informed judgments about aspects of a
business. You will be expected to utilize the class concepts in several homework
assignments and the last couple topics of the course, especially, will require
usage of either Excel or a statistical software package called JMP, which has
more statistical power than Excel.

GSBA-504a: Operations Management
The goal of this course
is to present what every MBA should know about the operations function of a
firm. Operations comprise all activities involved in the actual production of
goods and delivery of services. It is one of the central functions of every
business, profit and non-profit organizations alike.

The field of operations management is concerned with the design, operation,
and improvement of the productive system that creates the firm’s products and
services. In essence we are concerned with how work gets done. This entails
management of people, equipment, materials and processes. The design and
operation of the productive system determines how the business strategy is
implemented and value is created. Sound and creative operations management is a
major competitive advantage. It is not hard to find industries where some firms
are growing and prospering while others are entering bankruptcy. Many
differences can separate winners from losers, but usually the way operations are
managed is one of them. Indeed it is rare to find a successful firm that is not
managing its operations to provide a high quality product or service at a
reasonable cost.

GSBA-504b: Operations Management
The goal of this course
is to present what every MBA should know about the operations function of a
firm. Operations comprise all activities involved in the actual production of
goods and delivery of services. It is one of the central functions of every
business, profit and non-profit organizations alike.

The field of operations management is concerned with the design, operation,
and improvement of the productive system that creates the firm’s products and
services. In essence we are concerned with how work gets done. This entails
management of people, equipment, materials and processes. The design and
operation of the productive system determines how the business strategy is
implemented and value is created. Sound and creative operations management is a
major competitive advantage. It is not hard to find industries where some firms
are growing and prospering while others are entering bankruptcy. Many
differences can separate winners from losers, but usually the way operations are
managed is one of them. Indeed it is rare to find a successful firm that is not
managing its operations to provide a high quality product or service at a
reasonable cost.

 

P.M. MBA

GSBA-506a: Applied Managerial Statistics
Students
completing this course will have a detailed understanding of basic statistical
measures and analyses, as well as a proficient grasp of regression as a
data-analytic method, all of which pertain to a career in business. There are
constant decisions to be made in the business world, and most of them occur
under uncertainty. The objective of this course is to arm you with statistical
tools that will assist you in effectively making these decisions. The course
begins with the basics of probability, then moves into the statistics and
estimation, and finally it examines several statistical models and their
applications. These topics will give you the tools needed for making informed
judgments about aspects of a business. You will be expected to utilize the class
concepts in several homework assignments and the last couple topics of the
course, especially, will require usage of either Excel or a statistical software
package called JMP, which has more statistical power than Excel.

GSBA-506b: Applied Managerial Statistics
Students
completing this course will have a detailed understanding of basic statistical
measures and analyses, as well as a proficient grasp of regression as a
data-analytic method, all of which pertain to a career in business. There are
constant decisions to be made in the business world, and most of them occur
under uncertainty. The objective of this course is to arm you with statistical
tools that will assist you in effectively making these decisions. The course
begins with the basics of probability, then moves into the statistics and
estimation, and finally it examines several statistical models and their
applications. These topics will give you the tools needed for making informed
judgments about aspects of a business. You will be expected to utilize the class
concepts in several homework assignments and the last couple topics of the
course, especially, will require usage of either Excel or a statistical software
package called JMP, which has more statistical power than Excel.

 

GSBA-581: Information Management (1.5 units, Winter)

The shift in the global economy to the widespread use of information
technology continues to profoundly impact the management of the modern
enterprise. The innovative creation, integration, sharing, and usage of
information accelerate fundamental changes in the structures of entire
industries, create new business models, and open new opportunities for growth
and profitability. This “global information economy” fosters tremendous demand
for managers who can link business opportunities and challenges with technology
solutions to create value for their organizations. This course focuses on the
following topics:

  • Information technology and value propositions
  • Information-driven marketing and sales
  • Business transformation using information technology
  • Strategies, opportunities, and risks for information technology development,
    outsourcing, and open source
  • Business strategies and competitive improvements enabled by information
    technology
  • Benefits, security, privacy, and risks of transforming data into information
  • Organization and management of information technology
  • Using information management for business leadership and decision making
    Classes include a mixture of case discussions, articles, and lectures.

GSBA-534: Operations Management
Operations management
addresses everything involved in the creation and delivery of goods or services,
the central focus of the business, the primary way that the firm creates value
for its customers. Management of operations is critical to every successful
business strategy, and is one of the few sources of truly sustainable
competitive advantage.

The course focuses heavily on managing processes, the fundamental element of
every facet of a business: marketing, sales, product development, finance,
accounting, production, and distribution, building a conceptual framework and a
set of analytical tools that describe why businesses and processes behave as
they do, so that you can manage them and modify them in ways that improve their
performance. Through readings, skill building, case analysis, and guest speakers
we look at a variety of issues in manufacturing, health care, banking and
insurance, innovation, hospitality, consulting, and transportation.

 

Executive MBA

GSBA-562: Management of Operations

The Operations component of the theme is broadly concerned with how to ensure
that the supply of products and services is matched with demand and doing it in
a cost-effective manner. This in turn requires that the firm have efficient
processes and adequate resources to achieve timely delivery of high quality
products and services while being competitive in costs. As part of this module,
the following topics and issues will be discussed: Supply Chain Management,
Process Analysis and Lean Operations, Quality Management and Six Sigma, Revenue
Management, Competitive advantage through Operations.

 

IBEAR MBA

GSBA-524: Data and Decision Models
Students completing
this course will have a detailed understanding of basic statistical measures and
analyses, as well as a proficient grasp of regression as a data-analytic method,
all of which pertain to a career in business. There are constant decisions to be
made in the business world, and most of them occur under uncertainty. The
objective of this course is to arm you with statistical tools that will assist
you in effectively making these decisions. The course begins with the basics of
probability, then moves into the statistics and estimation, and finally it
examines several statistical models and their applications. These topics will
give you the tools needed for making informed judgments about aspects of a
business. You will be expected to utilize the class concepts in several homework
assignments and the last couple topics of the course, especially, will require
usage of either Excel or a statistical software package called JMP, which has
more statistical power than Excel.

GSBA-534: Operation Management
In this course we develop
a global view of operations management, dissecting the entire value chain
involved in the creation and delivery of goods or services anywhere in the
world. Operations is the central focus of a business, the primary way that the
firm creates value for its customers. In this course we focus heavily on
managing processes that are physically dispersed around the world, spanning
every facet of a business: marketing, sales, product development, finance,
accounting, production, and distribution. We build a conceptual framework and a
set of analytical tools that describe why businesses and processes behave as
they do, so that you can manage them and modify them in ways that improve their
performance. Through readings, skill building, case analysis, and guest speakers
we look at a variety of issues in process innovation within global
manufacturing, international health care, banking and insurance, hospitality,
consulting, and transportation.

 

Global Executive MBA

GSBA-561: Management of Operations
In this class, we focus on Operations and Supply Chain Management of global
companies. We look at various topics within this area such as Procurement
processes, Quality Management, Process Analysis and Improvement, Lean
Operations, Vertical Integration and Outsourcing, coordination between the
activities of different entities of a global business. Our goal is to understand
the key issues and problems faced by an operations manager and discuss
approaches for analyzing these problems. This will be achieved by exploring key
concepts, tools and ideas through lectures and discussions, case studies, and an
interactive web-based game.