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DSCI 532 Introduction to Management Science

This independent study introduces applications of scientific approaches to management problems to help managers make better decisions. Students learn, with a minimum of mathematics, how to formulate decision problems, how to solve them using management science concepts, and how to apply the solutions obtained. Topics include multiple criteria decision making, decision analysis, game theory, linear programming and optimization techniques, forecasting methods, and simulation.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 24, 2002 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Learn and apply the techniques of Forecasting; Linear Programming; Integer Programming; Transportation, Transshipment and Assignment Problems; Network Optimization Models; Multi-criteria Decision Making Models; Decision Theory; Waiting Line Models; and Simulation.
  • Learn to structure problems in the context of business issues and do the problem solving.
  • Learn to interpret solutions and their applicability and limitations
  • Learn presentation skills.
  • Learn report writing skills.