Information and Decision Sciences


Department of Information and Decision Sciences
IDS 104. Microcomputer Applications (0, 1). 1 credit.
Introduction to the operation and use of microcomputers. Emphasis will be placed on the use of word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database, graphics and telecommunications software using business applications.
IDS 191. Business and Economic Statistics. 3 credits.
The application of statistical methods to business and economics. Introduces frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 155 or equivalent.
IDS 204. Computer Information Systems. 2 credits.
An introduction to computer-based information systems. Emphasis is placed on computer hardware, software, analysis, design and implementation of information systems, computer ethics, and the role of computers in society and the functional areas of business.
IDS 291. Quantitative Methods for Business. 3 credits.
The application of quantitative methods to decision making. Emphasis is placed on decision theory, linear programming, forecasting, queuing, simulation and Markov analysis. Prerequisite: IDS 191 and MATH 205 or equivalent.
IDS 301. Information Technology Tools and Methods. 1 credit.
Gives students experience in use of management productivity tools on microcomputers. Emphasizes appropriate uses of common software packages to aid decision making. Specific coverage will vary. See instructor for topics each semester. Prerequisite: IDS 204.
IDS 304. Intermediate Information Systems. 3 credits.
An intermediate-level management information systems course. Emphasis is placed on the role of computer technology in MIS; systems concepts; the planning, development, implementation and control of MIS; and the role information systems play in support of functional units of the organization. Prerequisite: IDS 204 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 314. Business Applications in BASIC. 3 credits.
Instruction and practical experience in designing and coding application software for business functions using the BASIC programming language. Visual BASIC will be used. Prerequisite: IDS 204 or equivalent.
IDS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing. 3 credits.
Instruction and cases in the design, development and management of telecommunications topics and office information processing. Prerequisite: IDS 204 or equivalent.
IDS 324. COBOL Programming Language. 3 credits.
Instruction and practical experience in designing and writing COBOL programs using structured methodology. Problems are directed toward business applications using the Common Business Oriented Language. Prerequisite: IDS 204 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS/CS 334. Symbolic Programming Concepts and Applications. 3 credits.
Applied artificial intelligence and applications of knowledge-based systems in business and the fundamentals of symbolic programming. The course will use Prolog as a primary language for development of business applications; LISP programming will also be covered. Formal logic systems and informal knowledge representation systems will be explored. Prerequisite: IDS 104, 204 and 291 or CS 239 or ISAT 242.
IDS 344. C Programming Language. 3 credits.
Instruction and practical experience in designing and writing C programs using structured methodology. Problems include interactive and file-oriented business applications using the C language. Prerequisite: IDS 324 or equivalent and junior standing.
IDS 360. Production and Operations Management. 3 credits.
An introduction to the production and operations function in business. Topics include planning, organizing and controlling production; facilities location; layout design; scheduling; job analysis and design; quality control; inventory management; and project planning and scheduling. Prerequisite: IDS 291 and MGT 300 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 363. Simulation. 3 credits.
The application of computer simulation to business problems. Topics include the Monte Carlo method, random number generation and testing, process generators for probability distributions, simulation languages, simulation modeling, and management considerations in developing simulation models. Prerequisite: IDS 291 and 314 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 364. Expert Systems in Business. 3 credits.
Instruction and cases in the design, development and management of advanced decision support system topics. Expert system design, development and use will be applied to managerial topics in the business environment. Prerequisite: IDS 304 or ACTG 413 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS/MGT 370. Total Quality Management. 3 credits.
The application of statistics to the control of quality in planning, organizing, motivating and controlling quality; application of models and distributions in statistical quality control, process capability, control charts, acceptance sampling and reliability. Emphasis is on the design, implementation and management of quality throughout the firm. Prerequisite: IDS 191 or equivalent and junior standing. IDS 360 or equivalent is recommended but not required.
IDS 374. Advanced COBOL. 3 credits.
Advanced course in COBOL programming. Emphasis is placed on both batch and on-line file maintenance programming for sequential, indexed and direct file organization, and structured programming principles. Prerequisite: IDS 324 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS/CS 384. Object-Oriented Programming. 3 credits.
This course introduces concepts of object-oriented programming using C++. The evolution of object-oriented programming is traced from its early implementation to modern languages which include objects. Comparisons between competing systems will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of OOP to business programming problems. Prerequisite: IDS 344 or CS 239.
IDS/ECON 386. Forecasting for Business and Economics. 3 credits.
Introduction to forecasting techniques used in business and economics. Emphasis will be placed on time-series, regression and econometric forecasting techniques. The decision process within which forecasts are used and evaluated will also be discussed. Prerequisite: IDS 291 or ECON 385, and junior standing.
IDS 391. Selected Topics in Operations Research. 3 credits.
An intermediate course that examines selected models of operations research with emphasis on their application to business problems. Topics include dynamic programming, advanced inventory models, simulation and several extensions of linear programming. The use of the computer is illustrated in many of the solution procedures. Prerequisite: IDS 291 or equivalent and junior standing.
IDS 393. Data Analysis and Experimental Design in Business Applications. 3 credits.
This course focuses on the problems of analyzing real data using applied statistical concepts and developing valid experimental designs for the collection of data to be used in business applications. The course will utilize current statistical software and will focus on use of existing data sets. The focus will be on presentation of results and critical analysis of experimental results. Prerequisite: IDS 291.
IDS 404. Advanced Computer Information Systems. 3 credits.
Instruction and cases in the design, development and management of information systems. Emphasis is placed on the managerial implementation of information systems through case analysis which will stress hands-on microcomputer usage in a problem-solving environment. Prerequisite: IDS 304 or ACTG 413 or equivalent, and senior standing.
IDS 420. Computer-Based Networking. 3 credits.
An introduction to computer-based networks that incorporates data, voice and video traffic between computer systems and users. Topics include the theory, design, and operation of local area networks, wide area networks and private branch exchange systems. Prerequisite: IDS 304 and 320.
IDS 424. Computer Security Management. 3 credits.
Instruction and discussion in the design, development and implementation of a computer security program including legal and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: IDS 204 or equivalent.
IDS 425. Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems. 3 credits.
An intensive study of computer-based approaches to the planning and control of production, capacity and inventory in a manufacturing environment. Includes coverage of computer-based MRP II systems, just-in-time systems and traditional tools. Applicability of tools in differing production environments and integration with other systems is emphasized. Prerequisite: IDS 360.
IDS 450. Problems in Operations Management. 3 credits.
A capstone course for production/operations management majors. Focus is on the integration of the disciplines of management and decision sciences to a variety of problem situations. Extensive use of case studies and field trips develops problem-solving expertise at the strategic, tactical and operating levels in both manufacturing and service organizations. Prerequisite: IDS 425 or permission of department head.
IDS 454. Systems Analysis and Design. 3 credits.
An introduction to the techniques of systems analysis and design. Emphasizes concept of system life cycle and importance of users in system design. Prerequisite: IDS 264, 324 or 414 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 470. Computer Information Systems Auditing. 3 credits.
An introduction to the fundamentals of computer information systems auditing. Topics covered include CIS controls, types of CIS audits, risk assessment, and techniques used in CIS audits. Prerequisite: IDS 324, and either IDS 454 or ACTG 413.
IDS 474. Database Design and Application. 3 credits.
A study of the tools and techniques of database analysis and design including the implementation of the design using common database management system models. Prerequisite: IDS 324 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 481. Topics in Operations Management. 3 credits.
The application of computer models to common problems and decision situations in operations management. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer models in forecasting, inventory management, decision theory, network analysis, quality control, materials requirement planning and maintenance. Prerequisite: IDS 360 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 483. Strategic Decision Making. 3 credits.
An introduction to decision making in organizations. Emphasis is placed on theories of decision making, rationality, individuals as decision makers, quantitative and qualitative techniques, and case studies. Prerequisite: IDS 291 or equivalent, and junior standing.
IDS 490. Special Studies in Information and Decision Sciences. 1-3 credits.
An advanced course in information and/or decision sciences designed to give qualified students an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Senior standing, recommendation of the instructor and written approval of the department head prior to registration.
IDS 496. Internship in Information and Decision Sciences. 3 credits.
An advanced course designed to give supervised practical experience in an operating data processing environment. May be taken once as IDS elective but twice for credit. Prerequisite: Senior standing, major in CIS and permission of the department head.
IDS 498. Special Topics in Information and Decision Sciences. 3 credits.
An advanced course designed to allow exploration of current topics in information and/or decision sciences. Course content will vary. See your adviser for current content. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
IDS 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
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