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Business 290

Management Science

Credits: 3

Length of Course:14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours

Prerequisite:15 credits, English 099 and Mathematics 111 or 113

Text: An Introduction to Management Science, Robbins and Langton, Latest Edition

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the use of quantitative analysis in managerial decision making. Common business problems are translated into mathematical models that are solved using spreadsheet analysis. Topics include linear programming, simulation, statistical decision making, network problems, project scheduling, and basic probability theory.

Course Outline:

Week Topics Covered
1 Introduction to Management Science
2 Introduction to spreadsheet modeling
3 Linear programming
4 Sensitivity analysis
5 Transportation and assignment models
6 Network models
7 Project scheduling
8 Probability theory
9 Probability theory
10 Simulation
11 Decision analysis
12 Inventory models
13 Queueing models


2 Midterms 50%
Quizzes, assignments, class contribution 10%
Final Exam 40%


Stéphane Deseau, M.Econ. (Maine, France), M.Sc. (Quebec)

Fatin Jallad, B.A., B.Sc. (Portland), M.Sc. (New Mexico), M.Sc. (Arizona)

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