Graduate 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.