Courses

  • QST IS 889: Data Management
    Graduate Prerequisites: MSDi students only
    Examines the data communication hardware and software characteristics that are relevant to the applications software designer and presents a general overview of communications network design. Topics include issues in the design and use of both local area networks and wide area networks, the impact of communications technology on organizations and trends in the communications industry are studied.
  • QST IS 890: Digital Practcm
  • QST IS 898: Directed Study: Info Systems
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and the department chairman
    Graduate-level directed study in Management Information Systems. 1, 2, or 3 cr. Application available on the Graduate Program Office website.
  • QST IS 912: Information Economics
    This class will cover seminal works in the economics of information including the Nobel Prize winning ideas of Akerlof, Arrow, Spence, Stiglitz, and von Hayek. It will proceed through (i) concepts of information, its value and measurement (ii) search and choice under uncertainty (iii) signaling, screening, and how rational actors use information for private advantage (iii) how to price and package information goods (iv) how properties of information cause market failure (v) macroeconomic effects of information (vi) social and legal issues of owning information. Although primarily a theory class, it should be of interest to any student applying information economics in academic, commercial, or government policy contexts. Prerequisites are a graduate course in microeconomics and mathematics at the level of introductory calculus and statistics. Students will produce a major paper suitable for publication or inclusion in a thesis.
  • QST IS 998: Directed Study: Info Systems
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and the department chairman
    PhD-level directed study in Management Information Systems. 1, 2, or 3 cr. Application available on the Graduate Program Office website.
  • QST LA 245: Introduction to Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.
    Provides a broad overview of the American judicial system and fundamental legal issues. Examines dispute resolution, torts, contracts, criminal law, business organizations, employment law, intellectual property, and international law. The goal is to understand not only the basic rules of law but also the underlying social policies and ethical dilemmas.
  • QST LA 346: Business, Justice, and Responsibility
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST LA245
    This course explores the legal and ethical challenges a leader will face in a highly regulated, complex, global business. We will explore societal issues such as lying, bias, fraud, corruption, stereotyping, religious freedom, discrimination, and whistleblowing, and consider the responsibility of a business and its leaders to address these challenges, and to create a more just society. Students will also consider the competing roles of business, the legislature, and the courts in addressing societal issues. By reading Supreme Court opinions and business cases, participating in oral arguments, engaging in efforts to make social change, and studying current events, students will deepen skills in analyzing ethical dilemmas and thinking critically. This course will teach students to view decisions through multiple frames, develop empathy, and train them to engage in a meaningful, substantive dialogue -- written and spoken -- about sensitive topics in a professional setting.
  • QST LA 355: Employment Law and Public Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST LA245
    An in-depth look at the legal issues involved in the employer/employee relationship. Such topics include: discrimination, affirmative action, harassment, the hiring process, employee testing, and terminating employees (for cause, layoffs). Discussions will focus on the duties and rights of both parties through the stages of employment, from hiring and managing your workforce, to benefits, conditions of employment, and downsizing.
  • QST LA 360: Real Estate Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST LA245
    Real estate can generate spectacular wealth and contribute to unprecedented financial losses. Real estate is an essential component of every business that requires a physical location to operate. Real estate is where we sleep, where we attend school, where we work, where we play, where we go when we are sick -it quite literally is beneath everything we do. Every real estate transaction begins and ends with legal principles. Mastering the basics of property law puts one in a superior position. Knowledge of real estate law is imperative for those who plan to invest in or manage property on a larger scale. This course provides an overview of real estate law for tenants, present and future property owners, developers, investors, and public policy advocates. We examine the nature of real property and property ownership, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and selected issues of real estate development.
  • QST LA 430: Entertainment Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST LA245
    (Offered in Los Angeles) Covers the basics of entertainment law, including constitutional, contracts, labor, and employment law and intellectual property rights. Students develop a clear understanding of the applicable laws and how these laws have been applied in the past, how they are applied today, and how they might be amended and applied in the future. Students learn applicable legal concepts, practical insights, and an appreciation of how to deal with lawyers and the law in their entertainment business futures. It is intended to provide a good conceptual understanding of the law and demonstrate its relevance through case study, reading, guest speakers, field trips, and intense discussion. The application of the law to the digital now, the digital future and the Internet now crucial, indeed central, to any discussion of entertainment will be included throughout and be the subject of an entire class toward the end of the course. The law to be explored will be constitutional, copyright, trademark, contracts, labor, employment, and remedies and their application to and use within the entertainment business.
  • QST LA 450: Law and Risk Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: QST LA245
    Due to the financial crisis of 2008, the industry has re-aligned its business models to a risk-based approach for products and services. In response to this paradigm shift, Advanced Business Law, now known as Law and Risk Management, will focus on the identification, assessment, and management of operational and regulatory risk in the context of the law. Topics covered will continue to include contract risk, commercial financing, the Uniform Commercial Code, agency liability, bankruptcy, products liability, and real estate. The class will emphasize legal issues as a component of effective strategic business planning with a particular emphasis on duties and liabilities for corporate accounting. Group work includes contract drafting, interpretation, and negotiation. This course in part supplements many of the legal issues central to the accounting concentration and addresses many of the topics on the Regulation section of the CPA Exam.
  • QST LA 498: Law Directed Study
    Directed study in Law. 2 or 4 cr. Application available on Undergraduate Program website.
  • QST MF 600: Math Refresher
    The Mathematical Finance Program has a very strong quantitative component, one which many incoming students underestimate. Although students admitted to the program have satisfied the prerequisites in Mathematics, the program's prerequisites represent the minimal, not the optimal, background required. Even if you have learned the topics required as prerequisites, reviewing these concepts immediately prior to the start of the program could be enormously helpful and will certainly increase your chance of success in the program. The course will begin with a review of matrix algebra, then proceed to examine the role of calculus in comparative static analysis. Following this, unconstrained and constrained optimization will be covered using multivariate calculus. The second half of the class deals with dynamics, beginning with a review of integration, and continuing with first- and higher-order differential equations.
  • QST MF 601: Launch Week
    Mathematical Finance Launch Week is a combination of orientation activities, academic sessions, and career preparation designed to give students a foundational knowledge of the Mathematical Finance program. The week will include training on various tools students will need for the program, professional development sessions, and social gatherings.
  • QST MF 702: Fundamentals of Finance
    This course covers such topics as: financial markets (bonds, stocks, derivative securities, forward and futures contracts, exchanges, market indexes, and margins); interest rates, present value, yields, term structure of interest rates, duration and immunization of bonds, risk preferences, asset valuation, Arrow-Debreu securities, complete and incomplete markets, pricing by arbitrage, the first and the second fundamental theorems of Finance, option pricing on event trees, risk and return (Sharpe ratios, the risk-premium puzzle), the Capital Asset Pricing Model, and Value-at-Risk. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)
  • QST MF 703: Programing for Mathematical Finance
    In-depth discussion of object-oriented programming with Python and C++ for finance and data applications. Topics include built-in-types, control structure, classes, constructors, destructors, function overloading, operator functions, friend functions, inheritance, and polymorphism with dynamic binding. Case study looks at the finite differences solutions for the basic models of financial derivatives; as well as the design and development of modular, scalable, and maintainable software for modeling financial derivatives. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)
  • QST MF 728: Fixed Income Securities
    The course focuses on the valuation, hedging and management of fixed income securities. Fixed income instruments are by far the most important asset class in financial markets. Basic theoretical and empirical term structure concepts are introduced. Short rate models and the Heath-Jarrow-Morton methodology are presented. Market Models and their application for the valuation of forwards, swaps, caps, floors and swaptions, and other interest rate derivatives are discussed in detail. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)
  • QST MF 730: Portfolio Theory
    A concise introduction to recent results on optimal dynamic consumption-investment problems is provided. Lectures will cover standard mean-variance theory, dynamic asset allocation, asset- liability management, and lifecycle finance. The main focus of this course is to present a financial engineering approach to dynamic asset allocation problems of institutional investors such as pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds. Numerical methods for implementation of asset allocation models will also be presented. The course also focuses on empirical features and practical implementation of dynamic portfolio problems. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)
  • QST MF 731: Corporate Risk Management
    This course provides an introduction to modern methods of risk management. Lectures cover risk metrics, measurement and estimation of extreme risks, management and control of risk exposures, and monitoring of risk positions. The impact of risk management tools, such as derivative securities, will be examined. Issues pertaining to the efficiency of communication architectures within the firm will be discussed. Regulatory constraints and their impact on risk management will be assessed. The approach to the topic is quantitative. The course is ideal for students with strong quantitative backgrounds who are seeking to understand issues pertaining to risk management and to master modern methods and techniques of risk control. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)
  • QST MF 770: Advanced Derivatives
    Graduate Prerequisites: QST MF795
    This course provides a comprehensive and in-depth treatment of valuation methods for derivative securities. Extensive use is made of continuous time stochastic processes, stochastic calculus and martingale methods. The main topics to be addressed include (i) European option valuation, (ii) Exotic options, (iii) Multiasset options, (iv) Stochastic interest rate, (v) Stochastic volatility, (vi) American options and (vii) Numerical methods. Additional topics may be covered depending on time constraints. (Mathematical Finance courses are reserved for students enrolled in the Mathematical Finance program.)