Courses

  • QST IS 472: Electronic Commerce
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    The Internet has brought about significant change in the way business is conducted. The rules and business models, however, for the new economy are still in their infancy. This course provides a grounding in the concepts of electronic commerce, and then moves to an examination of the emergent and emerging business models. The IT/IS infrastructure that supports these various business models is addressed, particularly architecting systems including privacy and security issues.
  • QST IS 474: Information Products, Property, and Privacy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223 and LA245
    Course offers three modules to develop critical skills in the fast-moving information economy. These are 1) information product design, 2) managing information for competitive advantage, and 3) ethical uses of information. The first module focuses on how to price and value information. We show when it should be free, when it should be expensive, and how to complement other resources. The second module then moves to information business models including both for-profit and open-source models. We cover use as a strategic weapon of market foreclosure and key elements of property rights in information. The third module examines ethical uses of information, privacy concerns, and your rights and responsibilities as a consumer of information.
  • QST IS 479: Innovating with Information Technology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST IS223
    Surveys the organizational implementation, uses, and impacts of advanced information technology including decision support systems, management support systems, and expert systems. Includes a group project to design and develop a decision support system.
  • QST IS 498: Directed Study: Management Information Systems
    Directed study in Management Information Systems. 2 or 4 cr. Application available on Undergraduate Program website.
  • QST IS 705: Digital Project Build (formerly Managing Networked Systems)
    This course is similar to the current course offered in the MBDi summer intensives. It runs concurrent with the other two classes and integrates the python and analytics knowledge taught throughout the program, culminating in the production of an analytics program or application.
  • QST IS 710: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
    Graduate Prerequisites: MG790, PL727, QM716, AC710, FE721, MK723, OM725, PL700
    This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets.
  • QST IS 711: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
    Graduate Prerequisites: OB712/713/715, AC710/711/712, QM711/716/717
    This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets.
  • QST IS 714: Mastering IT Strategy
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    This is a capstone course to integrate the key concepts and approaches to managing IT in modern corporations. Using a set of leading-edge case examples, frameworks, the students will have an opportunity to understand how IT strategy supports current business models while shaping tomorrow's business models. Students will master the intricate challenges of placing IT at the core of modern enterprises. They will have an opportunity to apply their learnings to a company of their choice through a course project.
  • QST IS 716: Topics in Analytics and Info Tech Strategies
    This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets. This course covers this material in a concentrated format for students who have completed an undergraduate management degree.
  • QST IS 717: IT Applications in Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to IT/IS technologies and to provide a hands-on, tutorial-driven, application development experience. The course will be divided into two sessions on each day. For three days, the first session will offer a strategic application of a technology, and the second session, will provide an overview of the technological components that enable this technology. Technologies to be discussed include enterprise systems applications such as ERP systems, SCM systems, and CRM systems. The other two days of the course will focus on using a programming environment to develop one or two simple applications. The "instructional" half of the day will cover the key constructs and components of the programming environment and the second half will be a hand-on tutorial on the application of the concepts covered.
  • QST IS 754: Human Centered Design
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    When constructing digital artifacts, either for internal or external consumption, creating a coherent and well-motivated design is essential. This class will explore the language and key principles of design and how these impact the user experience. We will also cover the essentials of project management, including scoping as a design constraint. Students will be asked to critique existing designs and offer alternatives. Additionally, we will cover the programming topic of object orientation, and study both it and the structures it enables from a design perspective.
  • QST IS 756: Digital Project Build
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    The modern economy is driven by dynamic websites: those whose content is created on the fly by programs, not humans. In this class we will learn the technology behind both static and dynamic websites. Students will be exposed to the concepts through lectures and labs, and ultimately by the construction of a complete dynamic website in Python using our custom infrastructure built on Google App Engine.
  • QST IS 827: Platforms and Information Markets
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716, PL714/727/FE730, SI718/750/751, or permission of instructor
    To thrive in modern economies, managers, entrepreneurs and investors need a thorough understanding of business platforms. Thousands of firms, from Facebook to Salesforce, now operate as open ecosystems that match buyers and sellers, gain value and market share from network effects, and harness their users to innovate. Drawing on cases from social media, entrepreneurship, enterprise software, mobile services, healthcare, and consumer products, students will analyze and learn to negotiate platform startup, convert existing businesses, and make vital decisions on issues of openness, cannibalization, and competition. Students will interact with execs of major firms such as Cisco and SAP and with startups. They will learn to apply concepts from two sided networks, industrial organization, information asymmetry, pricing, intellectual property, and game theory to real problems. Known worldwide for his work on network business models, Professor Van Alstyne provides students with the tools to leverage key principles into hands-on creation and management of real-world platforms.
  • QST IS 828: Managing Information Security
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    This MBA elective (also open to undergraduates) will combine a technical and business approach to the management of information. It will address technical issues such as cryptography, intrusion detection and firewalls along with managerial ideas such as overall security policies, managing uncertainty and risk and organization factors. We will examine different aspects of computer security such as passwords, virus protection and managing computer security in dynamic environments. Topics will also include network security and how to secure wireless application and services. These technical details will be placed in a business context. The class will have a practical focus as we examine current best practices. There well be several guest speakers in the security area. This will be a project oriented class and students will present their research projects during the last several classes.
  • QST IS 833: The Analytic Enterprise
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    This course will introduce students to the tools and techniques for becoming a data-driven or "evidence based" manager. This course is unique in the sense that it aims squarely at the needs of a manager in an analytically focused enterprise by providing both a hands-on introduction to the concepts, methods and processes of business analytics as well as an introduction to the use of analytics as the basis for creating a competitive advantage. In the first half of the course, we will learn how to extract value from data by asking the right questions and using the appropriate analytical methods and tools. Having developed an understanding of the basic techniques, in the second half of the class our attention shifts towards understanding how managers can use these techniques as the basis for decision making and creating competitive advantages from their enterprise data.
  • QST IS 841: Advanced Business Analytics: Data Mining
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    The widespread proliferation of IT-influenced economic activity leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data about consumer, supplier and competitor preferences. This has led to the emergence of a new form of competition based on the extensive use of analytics, experimentation, and fact-based decision making. In virtually every industry the competitive strategies organizations are employing today rely extensively on data analysis to predict the consequences of alternative courses of action, and to guide executive decision making. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the concepts, methods and processes of business analytics. We will learn how to obtain and draw business inferences from data by asking the right questions and using the appropriate tools. Topics to be covered include data preparation, data visualization, data mining, text mining, recommender systems as well as the overall process of using analytics to solve business problems, its organizational implications and pitfalls. Students will work with real world business data and analytics software. Where possible cases will used to motivate the topic being covered. Prior courses in data management and statistics will be helpful but not required.
  • QST IS 854: Practicing IT Strategy, Management and Delivery
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    For future business leaders who want to understand, influence and leverage technology investments more effectively. The course provides effective strategies, pragmatic options, and leading practice alternatives for linking Business and Technology Strategies, defining effective governance and organization models, and successfully delivering new technology innovation. Students will master the complex methods and practices needed to frame a problem and propose an actionable solution that would be expected from future Business Executives and Technology Managers. Students will master the complex methods and practices to frame a problem and propose an actionable solution that would be expected from Business Executives (e.g., CEO, Marketing Executive, CIO, CFO) and Technology Executives (e.g., Product Manager, Consultant, Program Manager, Sales).
  • QST IS 855: Digital Transformation: Immersive Interactions and Insights at Silicon Valley
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    This course will be a one week intensive held in Silicon Valley. The course is designed to achieve two objectives. First, to develop an appreciation for the role of Silicon Valley in Digital Innovation and, secondly, to examine how digital innovations are impacting key shifts in specific sectors. This year, the course will focus on three sectors; Healthcare, Energy and Digital Content/education/media. Students will be placed into teams and be expected to develop specific insights as the basis to engage in interactions with corporate executives, alumni and follow classmates. Teams will also visit leading companies involved in each sector and develop and present their team's perspective on key digital trends and leadership challenges for their sector.
  • QST IS 860: The Analytic Consulting Enterprise
    Graduate Prerequisites: QST IS833 and IS841
    This course will provide hands-on experience working directly with sponsoring corporations on an analytically focused consulting engagement. The course will include an initial bootcamp experience to provide tangible skills on organizing and managing an analytic consulting engagement, regular face-to-face status reviews with faculty and external reviewers and initial and final reviews with the client. Further, the experience will provide a platform for hiring companies to get a deep, private exposure to the skill sets of graduating analytically focused MBA's, providing them with a tangible pipeline to highly sought after skill sets.
  • QST IS 883: Designing Systems for Data Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: IS710/711/716
    The first objective is to introduce the student the concept of design in information systems. Although the design concepts covered largely focus on data management, it will include high level systems design concepts as well. The second objective of this course is to introduce the student to the practical applications of databases and database management systems. The students will learn the fundamentals of data management starting with the basics of data design. The students will learn querying and managing the data in a database, defining the structures for storing data, and implementing business rules in relational databases using the Structured Query Language (SQL). The two objectives will tie in together as the students will be expected to integrate systems design with data design to design a prototype information system. This exercise will walk the students through the process of eliciting requirements, defining the scope, designing a restricted set of functions, designing the database, implementing the database, and explaining how restricted set of functions will use the data. The programming requirements will be very minimal. Besides the basics of data management, this course will also cover relevant ?in? topics in data management such as database security, data quality management, and data auditing (if time permits).