Information and Decision Sciences - IDS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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200 Intro to Management Information Systems
4 hours. Introduction to concepts and application of information technology for solving business problems and supporting organizational functions. Includes hands-on instruction on use of computer-based productivity tools. Previously listed as IDS 100.

201 Introduction to Business Programming
3 hours. Disciplined computer-assisted problem solving. Structured programming, data types and data structures, modularization. Program design for business information- and decision-support. Credit is not given for IDS 201 if the student has credit for MCS 260. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200 and MATH 160 or the equivalent courses.

270 Business Statistics I
4 hours. Survey of concepts and techniques for business applications of statistics. Use of computer software for tabulation and analysis of data. Prerequisite(s): MATH 160 or MATH 165.

312 Business Project Management
3 hours. An integrative approach to learning how projects contribute to the strategic goals of the organization. Major issues: selecting projects, project management techniques and tools, budgeting, monitoring, risk mitigation, and interpersonal skills.

313 Internet Applications in Business
3 hours. Internet business applications in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, and marketing. Assessing business problems, planning Internet-based solutions, and understanding web tools. Students interested in further studies can continue with IDS 413.

331 Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
3 hours. Analyzing business cases using spreadsheet software. Effective and efficient use of Excel. Spreadsheet automation using Visual Basic for Applications. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200. Recommended background: ACTG 110

355 Operations Management
3 hours. Application of management sciences to the planning and design of production, distribution, and service systems. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161.

371 Business Statistics II
3 hours. Continuation of survey of statistical concepts and techniques for operational and managerial decisions. Use of computer software for analysis of data. Prerequisite(s): IDS 270 and MATH 165.

400 Advanced Business Programming Using Java
0 TO 4 hours. Visual extended business language capabilities, including creating and using controls, menus and dialogs, objects and instances, mouse events, graphics, file-system controls. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331 or a programming course in mathematics or computer science, or consent of the instructor.

401 Business Object Programming using Java
0 TO 4 hours. Basic concepts in object-oriented programming such as objects, classes, class inheritance and interfaces, data abstraction and encapsulation, polymorphism, and dynamic binding. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331 or the equivalent.

403 Information Security
3 OR 4 hours. Examine the field of information security to prepare students for their future roles as business decision-makers. Presents a balance of the managerial and technical aspects of information security. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200 or the equivalent.

405 Business Systems Analysis and Design
3 OR 4 hours. Theory of analysis, design and development of information systems; information management and database management systems; data management and analysis; case studies in systems implementation and evaluation. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331.

406 Business Systems Project
3 OR 4 hours. Project experience in a business setting. Analysis, design, development and evaluation of computer-based business information systems. Project planning, scheduling and management. Project work at an outside company or University office. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Knowledge of programming and databases; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Familiarity with systems analysis and design (IDS 405).

410 Business Database Technology
3 OR 4 hours. Computer software techniques used in business with emphasis on information management and database management systems. Data management and analysis. Major types of database management systems, query languages. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331.

412 Distributed Business Systems
3 OR 4 hours. Organizational aspects and underlying concepts of distributed business systems, decentralization versus centralization issues, costs of distributed computing, and performance evaluation measures. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 330; and credit or concurrent registration in IDS 410.

413 Internet Technology and Management
3 hours. The technologies of World Wide Web development. Topics include: TCP/IP, HTTP, HTML, HTML authoring, XML, ASP programming, client-side programming, and Web 2.0, web servers, database servers, business application servers and Internet. Credit is not given for IDS 413 if the student has credit for IDS 424. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 331; and IDS 410.

420 Business Model Simulation
3 OR 4 hours. Simulation analysis of strategic business decision models for investment, marketing, product introduction, and operational policies concerning inventory, production planning, quality assurance and supply chain management. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in IDS 355; or credit or concurrent registration in IDS 331 or the equivalent.

422 Knowledge Management Systems
3 OR 4 hours. Computer-based methods for decision support. It aims at providing exposure and insights into a range of approaches and tools for decision aiding, and how they can be utilized in supporting various managerial decision processes. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 410 or consent of the instructor.

435 Optimization Models and Methods
3 OR 4 hours. Linear , nonlinear, dynamic programming, combinatorial methods. Use of spreadsheet and other software tools. Duality, sensitivity analysis. Models for business operationss and planning, computer systems, transportation, finance. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355; and IDS 371 or the equivalent. Business Administration students must have declared a major.

437 Stochastic Methods
3 OR 4 hours. Stochastic processes and other applications of probability theory. Use of spreadsheet and other software tools for analysis, simulation and decision theory. Models for business operations and planning, computer systems, transportation, finance. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355 and IDS 371.

446 Decision Analysis
3 OR 4 hours. Prior and posterior distributions; conjugate priors; value of information; applications to decision making in business. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371.

450 Advanced Operations Management
0 TO 4 hours. Application of management science to the operation and control of production, distribution, and service systems. Emphasis on inventory management, production planning, capacity expansion, and demand forecasting. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355 or the equivalent. Business administration students must have declared a major.

454 Introduction to Supply Chain Management
3 OR 4 hours. Supply Chain Management is studied as an information-intensive, integrated system for managing material flows, logistics and inter-organizational partnership to deliver products and services. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 355.

460 Survey Sampling: Theory and Methods
3 OR 4 hours. Planning and analyzing surveys. Topics include simple random sampling, stratified sampling, systematic sampling, ratio estimation, and cluster sampling. Case studies with applications to real situations. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371.

462 Statistical Software for Business Applications
3 OR 4 hours. Statistical software in business applications and data mining. SAS and other packages such as SPSS, MATLAB, Maple, Splus, B34S, SCA. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or consent of the instructor.

470 Multivariate Analysis
3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to the structure and analysis of multivariate data. Emphasis on the multivariate normal model. Regression; tests concerning multivariate means, classification; discriminant analysis, principal components. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371; or MATH 310; or MATH 320.

472 Business Data Mining
3 OR 4 hours. Searching for relationships between variables in databases. Decision trees, cluster analysis, logistic regression, path analysis. Applications to marketing, quality assurance, operations management, human resources. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for IDS 472 if the student has credit for IDS 572. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or the equivalent.

473 Introduction to Risk Management
3 hours. Introduction to risk management. Loan and credit management; credit scoring. Risk measurements and reserves; banking and insurance capital requirements, the BASEL accord, tail events and catastrophic event insurance. Financial contracts and hedging. Same as FIN 473. Prerequisite(s): FIN 300 and IDS 371.

474 Quality and Productivity Improvement Using Statistical Methods
3 OR 4 hours. Directed experimentation for quality and productivity improvement, quality surveillance, design and analysis of two-level factorial experiments and multi-level experiments, data transformation. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or consent of the instructor.

475 Database Accounting Systems
3 OR 4 hours. Concepts and principles of designing database systems to perform accounting functions, applications of microcomputer accounting software packages systems design tools, and computerized transaction cycles. Same as ACTG 475. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ACTG 211 and IDS 200.

476 Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods
3 OR 4 hours. Autoregressive, moving average, and seasonal models for time series analysis and business forecasting. Forecasting using multi-variable transfer function models is also included. Same as ECON 450. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371 or ECON 300 or ECON 400; or consent of the instructor.

478 Regression Analysis
3 OR 4 hours. Data collection and exploration; model building; variable least squares; residual analysis; variable selection; multicollinearity; ridge regression; nonlinear regression; nonparametric regression. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): IDS 371.

479 Enterprise Risk Management
3 OR 4 hours. Overview of enterprise-wide risk management strategies and techniques: strategies that firms employ to enhance value and minimize exposure; techniques used to identify, measure, reduce, and transfer risk. Same as FIN 479. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): FIN 300; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: IDS 473 or FIN 473.

494 Topics in Information and Decision Sciences
3 OR 4 hours. Topics vary; selected readings; case analysis. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s) if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

495 Competitive Strategy
4 hours. Multidisciplinary analysis of organizational strategy and policy using case method and/or business simulation. Assignments involve extensive library research and oral and written reports. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above Senior standing in the College of Business Administration and completion of all other CBA core courses.

499 Research Experience
1 TO 3 hours. Research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. The faculty member and student will determinne the research project. Each student must submit a written report and each student must participate at a research event on campus. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the department and the instructor.

500 Information Systems in Organizations
4 hours. Use of information technology in business; planning, management, and strategic use of information technology including the role of enterprise-wide systems, the Internet, and electronic commerce.

504 Introduction to Electronic Commerce
4 hours. Addresses issues on electronic commerce for businesses and consumers, considering topics such as competition, distribuiton, infrastructure on the Internet, shopping, and product characteristics.

505 Business Information Systems Analysis and Design
4 hours. Analysis, design and development of information systems. Management concerns in systems design, development, and evaluation. A student who has taken IDS 405 must see an adviser to determine whether another graduate course from IDS, MATH, or CS must be substituted for IDS 505. Prerequisite(s): IDS 500; or consent of the instructor.

506 Survey of Healthcare and Information Technology
4 hours. Impact, use and trends of information technology in healthcare. Healthcare systems technology and stakeholders. Analysis of strategic, economic, operational, ethical, privacy and security considerations. Prerequisite(s): Introductory information systems course is required. Recommended background: Advanced information system courses such as databases and system analysis.

507 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design Project
4 hours. Principles and concepts of analysis, design and development of information systems including project management. Includes a project at an outside company or University office. Prerequisite(s): Completion of three MS in MIS core courses or completion of two core MS in MIS and concurrent enrollment in third core course.

508 E-Commerce Project
4 hours. Electronic commerce project initiated by local small and medium enterprises, teaming students with technical or entrepreneurial skills/ interests, supervised by faculty on board of directors. Prerequisite(s): IDS 504 or MGMT 558 or MKTG 558; and consent of the instructor.

509 Business Process Analysis and Modeling
4 hours. Principles and concepts for the analysis and design of business processes and for the development of information systems that support such processes. Prerequisite(s): IDS 401 or consent of the instructor.

510 Organizational Data Resources
4 hours. Data as a competitive resource. Understanding, organizing and utilizing data in enterprises. Data resource development and management. Leveraging data assets. Exploiting the power of data. Understanding regulatory requirements. A student who has taken IDS 410 must see an advisor to determine whether another graduate course from IDS, MATH, or CS must be substituted for IDS 510. Prerequisite(s): IDS 500.

511 Query Processing in Database Systems
4 hours. Query processing in deductive databases and in distributed/parallel databases systems. Same as CS 580. Prerequisite(s): CS 480.

512 Information Systems Project & Program Management
4 hours. Theory and practice of managing IS projects based on a life-cycle management model. Technology, organizational behavior, team dynamics and economic analysis in the context of larger organizational strategies. Project plans, budgets, and schedules. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Introductory information systems course. Recommended background: Advanced information system courses such as databases and system analysis.

513 Enterprise Components and Web Services
4 hours. Exposes students to advances in the technical aspects of electronic business. Topics include WSDL, UDDI, SOAP, Service Quality, Security, and Queuing Models. Extensive computer use required.

514 Management of Information Systems
4 hours. Administration, control, and management of computer-based information systems, projects, and relationships with the organization. Scheduling of operations; management of computer professionals; planning and control of the systems activity. Prerequisite(s): IDS 505 or IDS 510.

515 Information Systems Strategy and Policy
4 hours. Examines how businesses can leverage IT and digital technologies to maximize business performance. Covers IS strategy formulation, strategy implementation, e-business transformation, Inter-organizational and multi-organizational IS strategies. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

516 Data Warehousing and Decision Support
4 hours. Analysis, design and development of data warehousing. Related methods and tools in the provision of decision support and business analytics/intelligence. Prerequisite(s): IDS 505 or IDS 510 or consent of the instructor.

517 Enterprise Application Development
4 hours. The course explores the choices available for building an enterprise application. Topics such as advanced applications design and development tools, methodologies and technologies are covered. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 201 or IDS 400 and IDS 401 and IDS 410 or the equivalent.

518 Electronic Marketing
4 hours. Overview of the electronic marketing value chain. Internet and web technologies, system design, payment systems, business requirements for e-marketing, design and ethical issues. Same as MKTG 518. Prerequisite(s): MKTG 500 or MBA 506 or consent of the instructor.

519 Topics in Information Systems
4 hours. Selected topics in information systems, information management and information technology. Content varies. Topics will be announced. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): IDS 505 or IDS 510; and consent of the instructor.

520 Enterprise Information Infrastructure Planning & Security
4 hours. This course introduces students with methods and practices involved in the planning, design and security of information infrastructure commonly found in large and medium enterprises. Recommended background: IDS 401, IDS 410 and IDS 405 or equivalent.

521 Advanced Database Management
4 hours. Data analysis for database design; logical data modeling, transaction modeling; implementation models; physical database design; database tuning and performance evaluation; database decomposition; distributed database; database security.

523 Audit and Control of Information Systems
4 hours. Modeling and analysis of information systems application in organizations; measurement of effectiveness; strategies for implementation and updating; interface with other management control systems.

524 Strategic Emergency Management and Continuity Planning
3 hours. Introduction to frameworks and methods for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating for emergency management and business continuity strategies in the public and private sectors. No graduation credit given to students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program. Students who are not in the EMCP program should contact External Education at emcp@uic.edu for approval to register for this course.

526 Computer Performance Evaluation and Modeling
4 hours. Probabilistic, simulation and statistical techniques for modeling computer systems with a view to evaluating their performance. Models of multi-programming systems, multi-access systems input/output systems, priority queues, and paging systems. A student who has taken IDS 426 must see an adviser to determine whether another graduate course from IDS, MATH, or CS must be substituted for IDS 526. Prerequisite(s): IDS 532; and IDS 505 or IDS 510.

529 Seminar on Management Information Systems
4 hours. Special research topics in management information systems. Topics vary from term to term depending on the interests of the instructor and students. May be repeated if topics vary.

532 Introduction to Operations Management
4 hours. The management of operations for the production and delivery of goods and services. Topics include the management of projects, production, supply chain, inventory,and quality. Credit is not given for IDS 532 if the student has credit in MBA 507 and MBA 509. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MBA Program.

541 Disaster Response and Recovery Operations
3 hours. Designed to provide the student with the requisite skils to create effective operations, preparedness, and response plans to manage and coordinate private, institutional, and public health emergencies and complex disasters. Extensive computer use required. No graduation credit given to students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program. Students who are not in the EMCP program should contact External Education at emcp@uic.edu for approval to register for this course.

551 Operations Management in the Service Sector
4 hours. Comparison of service and manufacturing operations; analysis of effects of capacity, quality, and service firm life cycle on operations. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in IDS 532 or the consent of the instructor.

552 Supply Chain Management
4 hours. Structure of inventory decision and operating procedures; single event and continuous systems for both single and multiple products; order quantity and periodic review models; demand forecasting. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in IDS 532 or the consent of the instructor.

553 Production Process Management and Control
4 hours. Project scheduling and resource allocation; capacity planning; aggregate planning, scheduling and dispatching; plant layout; material requirement planning; production flow and line balancing. Prerequisite(s): IDS 532.

570 Statistics for Management
4 hours. Survey of statistical methods with applications for business and management. Prerequisite(s): Admission to any business graduate program or consent of the instructor.

571 Statistical Quality Control and Assurance
4 hours. The importance of quality in products and services, quality surveillance, Deming's management method, Ishikawa's seven tools, control charts, acceptance sampling, quality improvement using directed experiments. Same as IE 571. Prerequisite(s): At least one term of statistics.

572 Data Mining for Business
4 hours. Introduction to data mining for business. Applications to marketing, credit scoring, quality assurance, operations management and human resources management. Credit is not given for IDS 572 if the student has credit for IDS 472. Recommended background: Backgound knowledge in statistics and databases.

573 Risk Management
4 hours. Introduction to risk management. Risk measurements and reserves; banking and insurance capital requirements, the BASEL accord, tail events, catastrophic event insurance, reinsurance. Financial contracts and hedging. Same as FIN 573. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in IDS 570 and FIN 500.

575 Statistical Models and Methods for Business Analytics
4 hours. Correlation; regression; generalized linear models; principal components; factor analysis; discriminant analysis; time series analysis. Applications to business areas such as credit scoring, sales and demand forecasting, finance. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 570.

577 Research Methodology I
4 hours. Use of statistics and computers in research. Data collection and organization, survey sampling, questionnaire design, experimental design. Prerequisite(s): IDS 532 or the equivalent and admission to the Ph.D. program in Business Administration.

578 Research Methodology II
4 hours. Data analysis, including estimation, hypotheses testing, non-parametric methods, analysis of variance, regression analysis, economic forecasting, and time series. Prerequisite(s): IDS 577 or the equivalent.

582 Business Research and Forecasting I
4 hours. The role of research in business; forecasting methods and techniques, including models and their applications. Same as ECON 537. Prerequisite(s): ECON 534 and at least one statistics course with regression analysis at the 300-level or above.

583 Business Research and Forecasting II
4 hours. The role of research in business; forecasting methods and techniques, including multivariate time series models and their applications. Same as ECON 538. Prerequisite(s): ECON 537 or IDS 582; and graduate standing.

589 MIS Co-operative Experience
0 TO 4 hours. Provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning in a practical real-world setting. Students can work on a MIS project in a business or a non-profit organizational setting. Involves interaction with the industry and professionals. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing and approval of the department; at least two core courses in the MIS program and simultaneous registration in the third core course.

594 Special Topics in Information and Decision Sciences
1 TO 4 hours. Intensive study of a selected topic. Content varies. Topics are announced. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Seminar in Information and Decision Sciences
1 TO 4 hours. Topics vary from term to term depending on the interests of the instructor. May be taken for up to four credit hours depending on the outline of the seminar as determined by the instructor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the PhD program in Business Administration or the PhD program in Management Information Systems.

596 Independent Study in Information and Decision Sciences
1 TO 4 hours. Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

599 Ph.D. Thesis Research
0 TO 16 hours. Research on topic of the doctoral dissertation. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.