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COB Core Courses (Taught in CIS & BSAN)

Faculty in the Department of Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics teach several courses in the James Madison University College of Business core.  These courses include:

COB Core Courses in Department of CIS & BSAN

COB 191 - Business Statistics

The application of statistical methods.  Introduces data presentation, descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing.  Emphasis is on using spreadsheet tools and functions of statistical analysis.  Prerequisite: MATH 155, MATH 156 or sufficient score on the Mathematics Placement Exam

COB 191 Learning Objectives

COB 204 - Computer Information Systems

An introduction to computer-based information systems.  Emphasis is placed on the role of computers in business and society, computer hardware and software, design and implementation of information systems, computer ethics and collaboration using computers.  Students will create databases and collaborate using computer-based tools.

COB 204 Learning Objectives

COB 291 - Introduction to Management Science

The application of quantitative modeling and analysis to decision making.  Introduces linear programming, decision theory, queuing, simulation and forecasting methods.  Emphasis is on implementing spreadsheet models for business applications.  Prerequisites: COB 191 and MATH 205 or equivalent. 

COB 291 Learning Objectives

COB 300C - Integrated Functional Systems: Operations

COB 300C is the operations component of an integrated learning experience consisting of four courses, taken concurrently, which introduces the fundamental conceptual tools of management, finance, operations and marketing in such a way as to establish their mutual relevance and interdependence.  Students work in small project teams on tasks designed to require the application in concert with conceptual tools from each of the function areas.  Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level B.B.A. core courses, junior standing (56 hours), a cumulative 2.8 grade point average in all courses taken at JMU and formal admission to the College of Business.

COB 300C Learning Objectives

COB 300C Operations Management - Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will have basic skills in the following operations & supply chain management areas:

1. Resource Management

  • Be able to identify an appropriate inventory management system for a service business
  • Be able to determine the proper scale for a business operation given a demand forecast
  • Be able to describe the point in time (in terms of sales volume) that a business breaks even or achieves a desired level of profit

2. Process Management

  • Be able to develop a process flow diagram for a business and identify key potential points of failure
  • Be able to propose systems that minimize risk of failure at critical points in a process
  • Be able to clearly articulate the importance of the “line of visibility”

3. Product/Service Development

  • Be able to determine the type of product/service (standardized or customized) that is appropriate for a given business venture
  • Be able to determine the proper finished goods inventory policy for a business (i.e., make-to-order versus make-to-stock)
  • Be able to determine the proper process technology for a given business venture given their product/service offering and finished goods inventory policy

4. Quality

  • Be able to identify the most appropriate control chart for a given service operation
  • Be able to determine whether or not a process is out of control, given a control chart with upper and lower control limits identified
  • Be able to apply various “total quality management” techniques in a real-life business venture
  • Be able to define good quality in a particular business operation
  • Be able to describe why quality is an “order qualifier” in today’s competitive environment

5. Order Fulfillment

  • Illustrate how a firm can achieve value through effective supply chain management
  • Utilize skills from statistics courses to determine probability of “shipping from stock.” Propose systems that minimize risk of stock-out
  • Be able to determine the appropriate level of inventory, given competitive priorities for a firm (i.e., cost, quality, delivery reliability, flexibility, speed)
  • Be able to effectively utilize project management in order to determine the time a major project should take
  • Utilizing skills from statistics courses to determine probability of completing customer project within various times/be able to propose a time quote for a project such that there is limited probability (e.g., 5 percent) of exceeding that time