Business Analytics Specialization

Emphasis in Business Analytics or Supply Chain Management

In recent years, the data revolution has created new challenges as organizations seek to use and understand the information they collect. Designed to meet this industry demand, the Business Analytics specialization with emphasis in Business Analytics or Supply Chain Management, will give you the analytical skills necessary to help businesses gain actionable insights into their data and focus on functional areas such as logistics, technology, and information systems. This specialization allows you to broaden your professional skills and lead strategically across the organization while also giving you the management and leadership skills needed to succeed in the field.

11 credit hours required for specialization


First Year: Spring Semester
BUAD 6701 - Data Science for Managers (required)

2 Credits


A family of (often non-parametric) analytical methods collectively referred to as "Machine Learning" methods has grown out of the Artificial Intelligence community and has become commonplace in many of the world's leading analytics competitors. This course introduces students to one of the leading software applications for such tools (the open source system called R), and uses it to discuss several of Machine Learning's most frequently used techniques in supervised and unsupervised learning.

Second Year: Fall Semester
BUAD 598A - Business Analytics and Supply Chain CAM (required)

6 Credits

 

The Business Analytics and Supply Chain Career Acceleration Module combines two major themes: Machine Learning techniques and topics in Supply Chain Management. These themes are complimentary since many of the analytical techniques in Machine Learning that are discussed are readily applicable to the Supply Chain discussion topics. The Machine Learning topics include Cross Validation, Subset Selection, Smoothing Splines, Principal Component Analysis, and Support Vector Machines. The topics in Supply Chain Management include single and multi-echelon Inventory policies in stochastic settings, the Sales and Operations Planning process, Risk Pooling and Postponement, and other elements of supply chain design and operation. Students also visit local port and distribution facilities to obtain real-world exposure to the operational aspects of logistics.

Second Year Free Choice Elective OR

BUAD 6611 - Supply Chain Management (required for supply chain emphasis)

3 Credits


This course deals primarily with the design and operation of logistics networks or supply chains, and the flow of materials and information on them. Students in this course will be exposed to both the strategic and operational aspects of managing today's complex supply chains. Specific topics include vendor-managed inventory; efficient customer response; collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment; planning distribution and supply; managing product variety, transportation, supply chain planning, distribution and supply; managed product variety; transportation; supply chain planning software; eMarketplaces; inter-and meta-mediaries and design and optimization of supply networks.

Second Year: Spring Semester

Second Year Free Choice Elective OR

BUAD 6271 - Database Management (required for business analytics emphasis)

3 Credits


This course considers the application, logical structure and physical implementation of databases to aid in developing business intelligence. Primary topics include data modeling, relational databases, structured query language, data analytics and visualization, amongst other contemporary data management topics. Multiple database management systems and analytical platforms may be introduced.

Recommended Electives
BUAD 6711 - Advanced Modeling Techniques

3 Credits

 

This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to develop advanced decision models using a variety of programming and database tools. This semester, we will focus on VBA and Access.

BUAD 6641 - Lean Toolkit

1.5 Credits

 

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.

BUAD 6651 - Lean Six Sigma Toolkit

1.5 Credits

 

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.

BUAD 6671 - Lean Six Sigma Project

1.5 Credits

 

Students learn Lean and Six Sigma tools in the Lean Toolkit and Six Sigma Toolkit courses for improving the quality and efficiency of business processes. These courses also offer a first exposure to the application of those tools. This course offers additional experience in applying Lean and Six Sigma tools to a project. Analogous with industry standards, a student who completes this course earns a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

BUAD 6621 - Project Management

3 Credits

 

This course focuses on the management of complex projects and the rules and techniques, which have been developed in the past 25 years to assist managers with such projects. All three phases of project management - Planning, Scheduling, and Control are explored in detail. In addition to studying various scheduling techniques for projects, this course explores issues dealing with project selection methods, project risk assessment, project team dynamics, new product development projects, runaway projects, and monitoring and control of projects.

BUAD 6741 - Principles of Negotiation

3 Credits

 

This course uses Game Theory to provide a theoretical foundation for understanding negotiation, and it provides first hand experience in different bargaining situations. A number of tools are developed that are useful in planning and preparing for a negotiation.

BUAD 6731 - Healthcare Informatics

3 Credits

 

Health Informatics involves the management and use of resources - technology, capital, governance and people - and methods such as process management and innovation to promote efficient and effective delivery of healthcare. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of how to use information, and information systems to support clinical, administrative and patient services in conducting the business of healthcare. Through hands-on experience, students will learn from analysis of operational or strategic problems in a healthcare setting and explore challenges and opportunities in various segments of the healthcare industry such as consulting and policy making, supply chain, pharmaceuticals and insurance.

BUAD 6761 - Health Analytics

3 Credits

 

This course focuses on the sources and uses of data in the analysis of healthcare data with the goal of improving healthcare processes and outcomes. Specifically, the course covers various analytical methodologies and the visualization of healthcare data. The course prepares students for the Certified Healthcare Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam.