Decision & System Sciences/Business Intelligence & Analytics

Professor: Rashmi Malhotra, Ph.D.; Richard Herschel, Ph.D.
Associate: John C. Yi, Ph.D.; Ronald K. Klimberg, Ph.D.; Vipul K. Gupta, Ph.D.; Virginia M. Miori, Ph.D.
Assistant: Iljoo Kim, Ph.D.; Kathleen Campbell Garwood; Ruben A. Mendoza, Ph.D.
Visiting: H. David Chen

DSS N001 Non-Credit - Begin Comp Skills (1 credit)

DSS N002 Non-Credit - Using the Web (1 credit)

DSS 100 Excel Competency (0 credits)

DSS 111 Basic Business Analytics (1 credit)

DSS 150 Freshman Seminar (3 credits)

First Year Seminars will have varying topics.

Attributes: First-Year Seminar, Undergraduate

DSS 200 Intro to Information Systems (3 credits)

Information systems play a critical operational, tactical and strategic role in global businesses. Technology has both a direct and indirect impact on how firms do business, where they do business, and on the products and services they market. In this course, the dynamic and ongoing impact of technology on business operations is examined at the industry, corporate, and individual levels. Topics examined include the effect of technology on business processes, services, and products, the supply chain, customer relationship management, decision- making, knowledge management, communications, outsourcing, information security, and the ethical use of technology.

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 210 Business Statistics (3 credits)

This course covers probability concepts as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis is on practical skills for a business environment. Topics include probability distributions, estimation, one-sample and two-sample hypothesis testing, inferences about population variances, and chi-square test of independence. Students will also become familiar with spreadsheet applications related to statistics and with statistical software. Prerequisite: Math Beauty Course

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 220 Business Analytics (3 credits)

Every organization, must manage a variety of processes. In this course the student will development an understanding of how to evaluate a business process. Additionally, the art of modeling, the process of structuring and analyzing problems so as to develop a rational course of action, will be discussed. The course integrates advanced topics in business statistics—linear and multiple regression and forecasting, production and operations management—linear programming and simulation, and project management. Excel software is used for problem solving. Prerequisite: DSS 210.

Prerequisites: DSS 1311 or DSS 210 or DSS 1315 or QMB 1311 or DSS 1313 or QMB 1315 or MAT 1181 or MAT 118 or FIN 1311 or FIN 1315 or PSY 2021 or PSY 210 or PSY 2025 or PSY 211 or MAT 1281 or IHS 2311

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 315 BIA Concepts & Practices (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to various scientific viewpoints on the decision-making process. Viewpoints covered include cognitive psychology of human problem-solving, judgment and choice, theories of rational judgment and decision, and the mathematical theory of games, and these topics will be focused in the field of Business Intelligence and Analytics, with systems theory as an overarching theme. Latest academic research and industry practice will be presented by guest speakers to motivate the topic an enhance learning.

Prerequisites: DSS 210 and DSS 200

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 330 Database Management (3 credits)

The course provides an in-depth understanding of the database environment. Besides covering the important process of database design, this course comprehensively covers the important aspects of relational modeling including SQL and QBE. Students will be required to design and develop a database application using a modern fourth generation language system. Prerequisite: DSS 220 or Actuarial Science Major.

Prerequisites: (DSS 1011 or DSS 1015 or DSS 200 or CSC 120)

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 420 Introduction to Data Mining (3 credits)

This course focuses on the application of decision-making tools used to develop relationships in large quantities of data for more than two-variables. Comprehension of when to use, how to apply, and how to evaluate each methodology will be developed. This course will additionally provide an introduction to data mining tools. Data Mining consists of several analytical tools, such as neural networks, decision trees, evolutionary programming, genetic algorithms, and decision trees, used to extract knowledge hidden in large volumes of data. An understanding of how these data mining tools function will be developed so as to provide insight into how to apply these tools. Statistical and data mining software will be used. Prerequisite: DSS 220.

Prerequisites: (DSS 2011 or DSS 2015 or DSS 220 or HON 2723 or CSC 1401 or CSC 1405 and DSS 2311 or DSS 2315) or DSS 330

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 425 Analytics Cup (3 credits)

The Analytics Cup course is an annual competition in which teams will solve a real-world problem situation utilizing their Business Intelligence (BI) and/or Business Analytics (BA) skills. During the course, all the students will learn about new BI and BA techniques and software, such as Trade Promotion Optimization (TPO), text analytics, and optimization. Each team will dig deeper into the application of one or more these software packages to solve their real-world problem situation. The competition culminates where each team presents their solution to a panel of judges who select the SJU Analytics Cup Champions. Students must be either a DSS major or minor. Class size is limited to 30 students. Prerequisite: DSS 420

Prerequisites: DSS 420

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in Business Intellig. Analytics.

DSS 435 Advanced Business Analytics (3 credits)

This course extends several of the foundation Business Analytics topics from DSS 220 to address more complex problem solving situations. Techniques to be covered are optimization models (linear programming, integer programming, non-linear programming and others), simulation models, optimization/simulation models, and decision analysis. These techniques will all be presented in the context of real world problems. To improve the students’ ability to develop such models, fundamental problem solving skills of modeling and process analysis will be developed. Prerequisite: DSS 220

Prerequisites: DSS 220

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 440 Six Sigma Apps & Foundations (3 credits)

DSS 460 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)

This course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS) - a rapidly growing field concerned with examination, description, analysis, management, visualization, and mapping of geographic data. Topics covered include map design, geographic and projected coordinate systems, spatial data structures and models, spatial analysis, and more. Students will learn fundamental GIS techniques for spatial analysis using ESRI’s ArcGIS software package. The course is computer-intensive though no computer programming background is required.

DSS 470 DSS Special Topics (3 credits)

Content of this course varies to allow for ongoing changes to business intelligence and related fields. The instructor will provide the course description for a given semester. Students may take this course without having taken DSS 220.

Prerequisites: (DSS 1011 or DSS 1015 or DSS 200 or HON 1713)

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 471 DSS Special Topics II (3 credits)

Content of this course varies to allow for ongoing changes to business intelligence and related fields. The instructor will provide the course description for a given semester. Students may take this course without having taken DSS 220.

Attributes: Undergraduate

DSS 490 Internship I (3 credits)

DSS 491 Internship II (3 credits)

DSS 492 Internship II (3 credits)

DSS 493 Independent Study I (3 credits)

DSS 494 Independent Study II (3 credits)

DSS 500 Math for Grad Business Studies (1 credit)

Various mathematical concepts are explored in reference to making business decisions. Topics include methods to solve systems of linear equations, matrix operations, and derivatives. A review of basic algebraic concepts such as quadratic formula, scientific notation, and graphing techniques is also covered.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 505 Business Stat with Excel (3 credits)

DSS 509 Curricular Practical Training (1 credit)

DSS 510 Statistics Proficiency (1 credit)

This course will include all of the content usually found in a business statistics course. This includes probability,, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, ANOVA, Chi Square, and Linear Regression. The course will be conducted through the use of ALEKS online learning software and will also meet virtually each week. The software allows students to obtain credit for concepts, which they already know and then provides learning tools to complete the remainder of the course. Students may waive this course by achieving a minimum score of 80% on the proficiency exam. Prerequisite: DSS 500

Prerequisites: HSB Waiver with a score of DS500 or DSS 500

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students. Enrollment limited to students in the Haub School of Business college.

DSS 525 Contemporary Info Technologies (3 credits)

This course will examine fundamentals of information systems and explore selected issues in depth. In-depth topics may include systems analysis and database, ecommerce, software development, management of information systems, self-service systems, 1-IRIS, etc.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 545 Big Data & Analytics (3 credits)

From the simplest dashboard to the big data driven advanced analytics embedded in company’s processes, including ones with direct interaction with customers, Analytics should be a critical aspect of every business. This course provides an overview of what Analytics is and the why of Analytics integration into company’s strategy plans and initiatives from the perspective of the C-Suite.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 550 Contemporary Info Systems (3 credits)

DSS 560 Business Analytics for MBA (3 credits)

This course will focus on the modeling process of identifying, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting results, so as to transfer the data into decisions, will be examined. The statistical basis for decision-making will be reviewed. Descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, and hypothesis are covered with an emphasis on analyzing and interpreting results using Excel. Students will learn to utilize advanced managerial decision-making tools, such as optimization and stimulation, to analyze complex business problems, and arrive at a rational solution. For each of the analysis techniques, the methodology will be developed and applied in a real business context. Cases of increasing complexity will be used to emphasize problem description, definition, and formulation. Perequisite: DSS 510

Prerequisites: DSS 510 or HSB Waiver with a score of DS510

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 571 Sales Forecasting (2 credits)

DSS 572 Business Statistics (2 credits)

DSS 573 Contemp Info Technologies (2 credits)

DSS 581 Business Statistics (2 credits)

This course is designed to help students develop skills in applying quantitative techniques in solving business problems and decisions. Topics include descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Students will use the tools from the DSS Tools and Concepts module and build upon them to solve more complex and realistic problems.

DSS 582 Research Skills (2 credits)

This course is designed to help students develop a working knowledge of the business research process. Topics include proposal development, research design, survey design, collection and analysis of data, and presenting results. Practice is provided in carrying out a practical research project of limited scope. This course will provide an application of some of the concepts in the Business Statistics course.

DSS 583 Decision Making Techniques (2 credits)

This course continues the DSS module with the examination of more advanced decision models used in management science for solving complex business problems. It will provide an appreciation of the wide range and complexity of decisions faced by managers in the different functional areas. Topics covered will include the art of modeling, aggregate planning, and decision making under uncertainty and risk. This module will also cover the concepts and tools of forecasting, simulation, Data Mining (in conjunction with the Business Intelligence Module) for support of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and business analysis.

DSS 584 Business Intelligence (1 credit)

DSS 585 Big Data (2 credits)

DSS 591 Data Analytics (2 credits)

The overall purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts of inferential statistics, which are important tools to support data-driven decision-making. Your ability to identify situations where these techniques may be effectively applied and to appreciate their potentials as well as their limitations to solving complex business problems will be developed. The methodology of each technique will be developed and applied in a real business context. Problems of increasing complexity will be used to emphasize problem description and definition. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and implementation of computer- generated results using Excel.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 592 Business Statistics (2 credits)

This course presents a fundamental review of the impact of information technology on the entire food industry, laying the groundwork for more in-depth study. A focus on utilizing technology strategically for competitive advantage will be the theme. The material covers the key concepts utilized to support the food supply chain, such as data synchronization, paperless transactions via EDI, scan based trading, and electronic funds transfer.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 593 Sales Forecasting (2 credits)

This course is a comprehensive survey of the commonly used techniques in sales forecasting. Three major categories of forecasting approaches will be presented. These include quantitative methods, time series and correlation techniques. Shortcuts, rules of thumb, and things to avoid will be discussed. Case studies will be presented, and students will be expected to do forecasting on simulated data sets. Prerequisite: DSS 591

Prerequisites: MPE 7501 or DSS 592 or MPE 7810

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in Food Marketing or Pharmaceutical Marketing. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 594 Data Analytics (2 credits)

This course provides the student with a fundamental understanding of the potential and implementation of business analytics/business intelligence into an organization. To demonstrate this opportunity a few data analytics techniques are examined, so as to provide some insight into how these tools maybe used to analyze complex business problems and arrive at a rational solution.

Prerequisites: DSS 592

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 600 Found for Bus Intelligence (3 credits)

This course is intended to provide an integrative foundation in the field of business intelligence at the operational, tactical, and strategic levels. Topics such as value chain, customer service management, business process analysis and design, transaction processing systems, management information systems, and executive information systems will be covered, along with other topics relevant to the field of business intelligence. Prerequisite: DSS 510

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 610 Business Analytics for MSBI (3 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of several management science techniques and to provide some insight into how these tools may be used to analyze complex business problems and arrive at a rational solution. The techniques to be studied are forecasting, linear planning, simulation, and modeling. Cases of increasing complexity will be used to emphasize problem description, definition, and formulation. The computer will be used extensively throughout the course, primarily by using available programs to perform the calculations after the problem has been correctly formulated. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and implementation of results. In addition, we will examine the future of analytics. Prerequisite: DSS 600. This course is required in place of DSS 560 for those students concentrating in Business Intelligence.

Prerequisites: DSS 600

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 615 Python Programming (3 credits)

DSS 615: Python is an open source programming language that focuses on readability, coherence and software quality. It boosts developer productivity beyond compiled or statically typed languages and is portable to all major computing platforms. This course is designed as an introduction to python programming and the characteristics that make it unique. Student will learn the use of the python interpreter, how to run programs, python object types, python numeric types, dynamic typing, string fundamentals, lists and dictionaries, and tuples and files. Prerequisite DSS 600, DSS 610

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 620 Con & Pract of DSS Modeling (3 credits)

Building on the background of previous courses, this course will extend the use of spreadsheet modeling and programming capabilities to explore decision models for planning and operations using statistical, mathematical, and simulation tools. Prerequisite: DSS 600, DSS 610 or permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 4415 or DSS 600 or MBA 4415 and DSS 4715 or DSS 610 or MBA 4715

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 630 Database Manag Theory & Pract (3 credits)

Business Intelligence rests on the foundation of data storage and retrieval. In this course, students will be presented with the theory of operational database design and implementation. The concepts of normalization, database queries and database application development will be introduced using contemporary tools and software for program development. Prerequisites: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 620, and/or permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 4415 or DSS 600 or MBA 4415 and DSS 4715 or DSS 610 or MBA 4715

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 640 Enterprise Data (3 credits)

Traditional database design concentrates on the functional areas of business and their database needs. At the strategic and value‐chain levels, we look at data across the enterprise and over time. The issues of Enterprise Data in the Data Warehouse, Data Marts, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), and the concepts of Data Mining will be surveyed in this course. Prerequisites: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 620, DSS 630, and/or permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610 and DSS 630

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 650 Business Process Model & Analy (3 credits)

Using the case study approach in combination with contemporary software tools, students will apply the concepts of business process analysis and design, quality control and improvement, performance monitoring through performance dashboards, and balanced scorecards and process simulation. Prerequisites: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 620, DSS 630, DSS 640 and/or permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 660 Introduction to Data Mining (3 credits)

This course in the Business Intelligence Program will extend the concepts of data mining to an exploration of a contemporary Data Mining toolset on a large live data set. In this course, students will be encouraged to find the patterns in the data and to prepare reports and presentations describing the implications of their findings. Prerequisites: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 620, DSS 630, DSS 640, DSS 650 and or permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 665 R Statistical Language (3 credits)

DSS 665: The goal of this course will be to use R’s command line interface (CLI) to build familiarity with the basic R toolkit for statistical analysis and graphics. Specifically, students will learn good programming practices to manage and manipulate data, become familiar with some of R's most commonly used statistical procedures, and apply knowledge of data mining techniques (Multivariate Statistics, Regression, ANOVA, Cluster Analysis, Logistic Regression) for complex data sets using R. Prerequisite: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 660

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610 and DSS 660

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 670 Critical Perform Management (3 credits)

This course integrates the concepts of decision support, database management, critical performance measurement, and key performance indicators through the practical application development of performance dashboards. When completed, students will be able to design department level, user-oriented applications that capture data from transaction processing systems and present that data for business users in decision- compelling format. Prerequisites: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 620, DSS 630, DSS 640, DSS 650, DSS 660 and or Permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 680 Predictive Analytics (3 credits)

This course extends the data mining process to the predictive modeling, model assessment, scoring, and implementation stages. In this course, professional data mining software and small and large data sets will be used to effectively analyze and communicate statistical patterns in underlying business data for strategic management decision making. Prerequisites: DSS 600, DSS 610, DSS 620, DSS 630, DSS 640, DSS 650, DSS 660, DSS 670 and or Permission of the Program Director.

Prerequisites: DSS 600 or HSB Waiver with a score of DS600 and DSS 610 or HSB Waiver with a score of DS610 and DSS 660 or HSB Waiver with a score of DS660

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 690 Special Topics Course (3 credits)

Content of this course varies to allow for ongoing changes to business intelligence and related fields. The instructor will provide the course description for a given semester

Prerequisites: DSS 600 and DSS 610

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 700 Six Sigma Apps & Found I (3 credits)

This course is the first of a two course sequence that prepares the student for the Six Sigma Green Belt certification examination. Topics include introduction of Six Sigma and its vocabulary, review of business statistics focusing on hypothesis testing and multiple regression, experimental design and Analysis of Variance, statistical process control, analytic hierarchy process, discrete event simulation and other tools of Six Sigma. This course includes roughly half of the material covered on the Green Belt certification exam.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 710 Six Sigma Apps & Found II (3 credits)

This course is the second of a two course sequence that prepares the student for the Six Sigma Green Belt certification examination. Topics include the Six Sigma dashboard and related models (DMAIC, DMADV, DFSS: QFD, DFMEA, and PFMEA), selecting and managing projects, organizational goals, lean concepts, process management and capability, and team dynamics and performance. This course includes the remaining material covered on the Six Sigma Green Belt certification exam.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 720 Bus Analytics:Supply Chain Mgt (3 credits)

Management of supply chains is critical to the success and profitability of all businesses, whether manufacturing or service companies. This course examines supply chains and the business analytic tools which are most effective in developing supply chain efficiencies and supply chain value. Topics include supply chain strategy, network and system design, operations management, sourcing, logistics, forecasting, inventory management, relationship management and sustainable supply chain management.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 730 Web Analytics (3 credits)

This course will explore the basics of web analytics, review web analytic tools (such as Google Analytics, etc.), study the methodologies of analyzing websites, and learn to use web analytics to guide marketing strategies on the web.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

DSS 770 Special Topics (3 credits)