Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Pension Mathematics and Mortality Tables
MET AT 782
Prereq: (MET MA 581 or CAS MA 581) and MET AT 721. Covers pension actuarial funding methods and the use of life contingencies. Included are analyses of the funding methods allowable under ERISA, their computation, and uses. Also reviews the use of mortality tables and discusses the various actuarial functions that are used in pension actuarial calculations. Finally, reviews implications for pension funding under the IRS. 4 cr.
Internship in Actuarial Science II
MET AT 982
Grad Prereq: MET AT 722 and MET AT 731 and cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and consent of instructor. Offered to students who seek practical applications of actuarial principles in insurance companies, financial institutions, pension consulting firms, and other related fields. Requires students to participate in an internship program with industry. Students need to submit monthly progress reports and a final semester report to the Chair, Department of Actuarial Science at Boston University. Variable cr.
SAS with Statistical Applications
MET MA 603
Prereq: MET or CAS MA 214. Offers a unified and in-depth coverage of the statistical computer package SAS and its statistical applications. Topics include the language of SAS, data formatting, creating and storing SAS data sets, file manipulations, macro procedure, and graphics. Also included are procedures for statistical techniques selected from analysis of variance, regression, factor analysis, scoring, and categorical data analysis. Several large data sets are used as case studies emphasizing hands-on experience with SAS for Windows. Laboratory course. 4 cr.
Personal Financial Planning
MET MG 202
The development of personal investment strategies using money and credit. Securities and portfolio management, budgeting, insurance, taxes, retirement programs, and estate planning. 4 cr.
Introduction to Management
MET MG 301
Management of an enterprise from the perspective of the chief executive officer. Covers the functions of organizing for successful management. Survey of theories and techniques. Examination of case studies. 4 cr.
MET MG 310
Organization and techniques for effective verbal and written communication in the business environment. Emphasis on developing communication skills through practical written and oral assignments. 4 cr.
Entrepreneurial Management: Starting, Innovating, and Managing Small-, Medium-, and Large-Sized Ventures
MET MG 410
Covers the four key elements of successful entrepreneurial management: choosing a business, organizing, financing, and marketing. Includes preparing a business plan, becoming an entrepreneur, raising venture capital, selling, negotiating, and building an effective organization. Topics given special consideration are the practice of innovation, the art of leadership, and how to relate talents to succeeding in innovative venture and technology management. 4 cr.
MET MG 415
Examination of project management concepts, including organizational forms, planning and control techniques, and the role of the project manager. Develops the skills vital to effective management of multidisciplinary tasks through lectures, case studies, and business simulations. 4 cr.
MET MG 431
Organization of the marketing function in international business. How government policies and practices affect marketing. Comparative marketing strategies for doing business abroad. Examination of case studies. 4 cr.
MET MG 435
The structure and operating procedures of advertising agencies and corporate advertising departments in relation to marketing. Active student participation in learning how advertising strategies and concepts are developed and executed. Includes readings, development of advertising strategies, screenings, and analysis of contemporary advertising. 4 cr.
Electronic Commerce, Systems, and Web Design
MET MG 448
First course in a two course sequence. Combines (1) the practical aspect of web design through the use of application software such as Dreamweaver to construct a commercial website with (2) a general overview of the marketing, supporting services, systems, security, and business strategy issues facing commercial enterprises. 4 cr.
MET MG 472
Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Introduction to tools of financial analysis and the problems of financial management including cash, profitability, and capital budgeting. Various sources of corporate funds are considered, including short-, intermediate-, and long-term arrangements. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.
Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution
MET MG 515
Prereq: advanced standing or consent of instructor. A communications skills course that explores the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence. 4 cr.
International Business Management
MET MG 520
Environmental, economic, political, and social constraints on doing business abroad. Examines the effects of overseas business investments on domestic and foreign economics; foreign market analysis and operational strategy of a firm; and development potential of international operations. 4 cr.
MET MG 530
Policy problems of business organizations. Integrates the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, economics, and personnel into a managerial concept of business decision making. 4 cr.
The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
MET MG 541
Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and factors such as market research and partnering that add value and bring innovation to commercial reality. 4 cr.
Business Communication for International Students
MET AD 501
Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students whose first language is not English. This is a prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree. 4 cr.
Business Analytics Foundations
MET AD 571
Prereq: (MET AD 100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory). Presents fundamental knowledge and skills for applying business analytics to managerial decision making in corporate environments. Topics include descriptive analytics (techniques for categorizing, characterizing, consolidation, and classifying data for conversion into useful information for the purposes of understanding and analyzing business performance); predictive analytics (techniques for detection of hidden patterns in large quantities of data to segment and group data into coherent sets in order to predict behavior and trends); and prescriptive analytics (techniques for identification of best alternatives for maximizing or minimizing business objectives). Students learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools are applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. 4 cr.
Enterprise Risk Management
MET AD 610
Examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure (as well as the organizations within that structure) designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr.
Enterprise Risk Analytics
MET AD 616
Prereq: (MET AD 571). Offers an overview of the key current and emerging enterprise risk analytical approaches used by corporations and governmental institutions. Focus is on understanding and implementing the enterprise risk management framework on how to leverage the opportunities around a firm to increase firm value. The major risk categories of enterprise risk management such as financial risk, strategic risk, and operational risk are discussed and risk analytics approaches for each of these risks are covered. Students learn how to use interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, business statistics, optimization techniques, simulation, and decision-support tools. An integrated enterprise risk analytics approach is demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. 4 cr.
Financial and Managerial Accounting
MET AD 630
Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of financial and managerial accounting. Includes data accumulation, accounting principles, financial statement analysis, measurement and disclosure issues, cost analysis, budgeting and control, production costs, and standard costs. 4 cr.
MET AD 632
Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital, and capital structure. 4 cr.
MET AD 642
Examines concepts and applied techniques for cost-effective management of both long-term development programs and smaller short-term projects. Special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating efforts of multiple individuals and/or working groups. 4 cr.
Project Communications Management
MET AD 643
Prereq: (MET AD 642). To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, students develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills. 4 cr.
Project Risk and Cost Management
MET AD 644
Prereq: (MET AD 642). Introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using the earned value method. Students study in depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios. 4 cr.
MET AD 646
Prereq: (MET AD 642). Programs and projects deliver benefits to organizations by enhancing current capabilities or developing new capabilities for the organization to use. This course provides a detailed understanding of program management and presents concepts that promote efficient and effective communication and coordination among various groups. Students understand PMI? program management processes and use tools that automate and enforce processes for managing scope changes, risk, quality, issues, schedules, resources, releases, and costs. Students learn how to design a program and manage program costs, risk, and communication within the context of Project Portfolios. This course is targeted to senior executives, portfolio managers, program managers and their team members, members of a PMO, customers/stakeholders, educators, and consultants. The course introduces processes and knowledge areas from three new PMI standards: Program Management standard, OPM3, and Portfolio Management. 4 cr.
MET AD 648
Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices. 4 cr.
MET AD 654
Prereq: (MET AD 571). Become familiar with the foundations of modern marketing analytics and develop your ability to select, apply, and interpret readily available data on customer purchase behavior, new customer acquisition, current customer retention, and marketing mix optimization. This course explores approaches and techniques to support the managerial decision-making process and skills in using state-of-the-art statistical and analytics tools. Students have an opportunity to gain basic understanding of how transaction and descriptive data are used to construct customer segmentation schemas, build and calibrate predictive models, and quantify the incremental impact of specific marketing actions. 4 cr.
International Business, Economics & Cultures
MET AD 655
Considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. Reviews the problems of decision-making related to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price. Provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; and the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environment, and labor influences. Investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations. 4 cr.
Innovation, Global Competitiveness, and National Economic Development
MET AD 667
Examines various approaches to developing high-tech innovation-based economies as a route to self-sufficiency and growth. Factors studied include both structural reforms in the political, legal, and economic areas, and government-sponsored initiatives in higher education, basic research, private venture capital, grants to support new product development by promising ventures, and the creation of science and technology parks and incubators. Students independently research, write, and present studies of the strategies of various countries. Augmented by case studies, readings, and guest speakers on strategies being employed in such countries as Taiwan, Thailand, and Brazil. 4 cr.
Financial Markets and Institutions
MET AD 712
Prereq: (MET AD 731). Investigation and analysis of organization, structure, and performance of U.S. money and capital markets and institutions. Examines regulation of the financial industry and the role of financial instruments. 4 cr.
Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
MET AD 715
Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes. 4 cr.
Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution
MET AD 725
Communication skills course that explores the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflicts and their resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence. 4 cr.
MET AD 731
Prereq: (MET AD 630). Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.
Leadership in Management
MET AD 733
A comprehensive overview of leadership skills and abilities through an examination of traditional and contemporary models of leadership. Students examine personal attitudes and perceptions as they relate to their leadership abilities and explore such areas as team building, motivation, and reward. Includes a weekend at Nature's Classroom at Sargent Center in New Hampshire from June 2-4. The program fee includes room and board for this weekend of experiential learning. 4 cr.
The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
MET AD 741
Studies the global challenge of innovation and the impact of marketing and management issues on the development of new products and services and their introduction. Concepts for creating added value are applied to a range of innovations, radical and incremental, technological and procedural, and in different settings such as start-up companies and large corporations. 4 cr.
Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment
MET AD 746
Examines legal issues that affect high-technology firms. Topics include copyright, reverse engineering, trade secrets, patents, international legal differences, the Uniform Commercial Code, and product liability. Cases drawn from high-tech industries are used to emphasize current and future developments. 4 cr.
Multinational Finance and Trade
MET AD 763
Prereq: (MET AD 731). Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.
International Business Simulation
MET AD 773
Through the use of an international business simulation, students develop the ability to manage in the shifting international environment by integrating finance, strategy, and marketing skills to expand their company globally. By selling, exporting, or manufacturing in up to fourteen countries the simulation is intended to provide the student with a "real life" approach to international expansion, environmental stability, inflation and currency issues, financial operations, as well as international sales and manufacturing issues. The objective of the course is to offer an overview of the factors affecting global business operations in a stimulating learning environment that is enjoyable and challenging. Intensive course. 4 cr.
MET AD 855
Strategy concerns the long-term direction, scope, and performance of an organization within its specific context. Strategic planning and implementation require actions, performance goals, and resource applications to be aligned with the efforts of other functions and departments, and with the major strategic orientation of the firm. Develops critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level to ensure that competitive advantage is developed and sustained. 4 cr.
MET AD 857
Strategic and operational marketing issues arising in the firm's operations. Topics include market screening, decisions, entry strategies, product/service development, as well as designing the marketing plan and its implementation. 4 cr.
Principles and Practices of Advertising
MET CM 708
Provides an application-driven overview of the advertising industry. Content includes a breakdown of the foundations of advertising in general, an overview of the agency structure, market/brand analysis, target audience definition, and an understanding of consumer insight. The principles of creative strategy and execution are introduced along with media basics. Students, in teams, apply content from the course through a simulation of a digital marketing problem provided by an industry professional. Through this simulation, students have the opportunity to apply strategic concepts and creative executions, thus gaining an understanding of a number of traditional and new advertising practices. 4 cr.
Video in the Digital Age
MET CM 714
Prereq: (MET CM 716, MET CM 717, or MET CM 744) or with instructor's permission. The role of video has become even more significant in terms of the digital environment for branded content, webisodes, viral video, corporate micro-documentaries, and instructional/educational website content. How this is integrated with, and disseminated by, social media is key. In addition, budgetary constraints in relation to work for the web often require a different creative approach than traditional broadcast media. This course explores the creative development of cost-effective video concepts and full production of finished videos. By the end of the course, students will have filmed and edited complete one to three minute videos. Along with instruction in writing/concepting, students will learn to operate cameras and perform basic editing techniques in Final Cut. 4 cr.
MET CM 716
Designed to introduce students to using new media tools for creating media communication. Students build an integrated campaign and website using Photoshop, InDesign, iMovie, Dreamweaver, and Animate. Students develop an understanding of the process of design consisting of ideation, strategy, and execution. 4 cr.
MET AR 711
This course is designed to broaden the student's understanding of capital campaign fundraising. Topics include: feasibility studies; strategic planning and budgeting; private and public phases; ethical responsibilities; staff, donor, volunteer, board, and trustee management; major gift solicitation; campaign communications; trend analysis; and evaluation. The course curriculum includes readings, case studies, guest speakers, and analysis of current capital campaign projects. 4 cr.
Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration
MET AR 777
Prereq: (MET AR 690). Drawing on the resources of Boston University in Boston, London, and Dublin, this course examines the nature of cultural policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Union from 1945 to the present. Through lectures and readings (drawn from public policy and economics), lectures by leading arts administration faculty members in Dublin and London, and visits to important international cultural venues, this course examines the impact of cultural and national differences on the cultural policy making process. Meets on the Boston University Charles River campus prior to a week in Dublin and London. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Arts Administration
MET AR 781
Topic for Summer 2017: Computer Technology and the Arts. This course explores the ways in which computer technology has shaped and transformed the arts field. We examine key technologies in use by arts organizations today for business and communications needs such as ticketing, customer relation management, fundraising and donor management, collections management, social media, and communications. Through case studies, students learn how organizations have used computer technology to transform the ways in which they produce and disseminate their work. The course also explores the current and future potential for computer technology to improve knowledge systems and decision making in the arts. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Arts Administration
MET AR 781
Topic for Summer 2017: The Modern Nonprofit Sector. This course examines the nonprofit sector from the perspective of its key stakeholders: nonprofit leaders and their funders. Students have the opportunity to explore the complex relationships between these partners, and begin to unravel their internal decision-making processes as they seek common ground among funding priorities, constituent needs, and programming challenges. Because nonprofit funding opportunities rely so heavily on relationship building, partnerships, and politics, much of this course focuses on understanding the dynamics and perspective each partner brings to the conversation and identifying methods to achieve success for both parties. Key topics of study include nonprofit approaches to grant writing, especially balancing programmatic and operational needs, grant review, and due diligence. The course includes panel discussions with nonprofit leaders and funders in the community, an inside look at grant writing, and application review. Students analyze flaws in the nonprofit sector’s infrastructure and discover and study innovative ways to solve them. 4 cr.
Internship in Arts Administration I
MET AR 802
Two consecutive two-credit courses for planning (AR 802) and fieldwork (AR 803) phases of the internship. Arts Administration degree students only. 2 cr.
Internship in Arts Administration II
MET AR 803
Two consecutive two-credit courses for planning (AR 802) and fieldwork (AR 803) phases of the internship. Students may not register for MET AR 803 or begin their actual internship until they have completed a minimum of six of the ten required courses. Arts Administration degree students only. 2 cr.
Computers and Their Applications
MET CS 101
For students with no previous experience with computers. Organization and function of computer systems; application of computers in today's society; social impact of computers. Introduction to algorithms, various types of application packages, and the Internet. Not for computer science majors. 4 cr.
Introduction to Programming
MET CS 201
Introduction to problem-solving methods and algorithm development. Includes procedural and data abstractions, program design, debugging, testing, and documentation. Covers data types, control structures, functions, parameter passing, library functions, and arrays. Laboratory exercises in Python. 4 cr.
Programming with C++
MET CS 231
Prereq: (MET CS 201) or instructor's consent. Covers the elements of object-oriented programming and the C++ language. Data types, control structures, functions, library functions, classes, inheritance, and multiple inheritance. Use of constructors, destructors, function and operator overloading, reference parameters and default values, friend functions, input and output streams, templates, and exceptions. 4 cr.
Programming with Java
MET CS 232
Prereq: (MET CS 201) or instructor's consent. Covers the elements of object-oriented programming and the Java Programming Language. Primitive data types, control structures, methods, classes, arrays and strings, inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, applets, exceptions and streams. 4 cr.
MET CS 248
Fundamentals of logic (the laws of logic, rules of inferences, quantifiers, proofs of theorems). Fundamental principles of counting (permutations, combinations), set theory, relations and functions, graphs, trees and sorting, shortest path and minimal spanning trees algorithms. Monoids and Groups. 4 cr.
Data Structures with C++
MET CS 341
Prereq: (MET CS 231) or instructor's consent. Covers data structures, using the C++ language. Topics include data abstraction, encapsulation, the use of recursion, creation and manipulation of various data structures; bags, lists, queues, tables, trees, heaps and graphs, and searching and sorting algorithms. 4 cr.
Data Structures with Java
MET CS 342
Prereq: (MET CS 232) or instructor's consent. Covers data structures using the Java programming language. Topics include data abstraction, encapsulation, information hiding, and the use of recursion, creation, and manipulation of various data structures: lists, queues, tables, trees, heaps, and graphs, and searching and sorting algorithms. 4 cr.
Introduction to Web Application Development
MET CS 401
Introduction to Business Data and Communication Networks
MET CS 425
Prereq: (MET CS 200) or instructor's consent. Basic concepts of data communications and computer networks; hardware, software, and reference models; TCP/IP protocol suit. Overview of voice communication, LAN, network development life cycle, security, and management. IT Economics: Total Cost Ownership, Return on Investment, and IT Project Portfolio Management. Restrictions: May not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 535 or MET CS 625. Only one of these courses can be counted toward degree requirements. 4 cr.
Introduction to IT Project Management
MET CS 432
Provides a comprehensive overview of IT Project Management and the key processes associated with planning, organizing, and controlling of software projects. The course focuses on various knowledge areas such as project scope management, risk management, quality management, communications management, and integration management. Students are required to submit a term paper. 4 cr.
Introduction to Database Design and Implementation for Business
MET CS 469
Studies the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Provides extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as students learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Topics covered include the relational and entity-relational models, data modeling, normalization, object modeling, SQL, advanced SQL, stored procedures, triggers, database design, database lifecycle, and transactions. Introduction to advanced topics including performance tuning, distributed databases, replication, business intelligence, data warehouses, internet databases, database administration, security, backup and recovery. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Laboratory Class. Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 579 or MET CS 669. Only one of these courses can be counted toward degree requirements. 4 cr.
MET CS 472
Prereq: (MET CS 231 or MET CS 232) or instructor's consent. Computer organization with emphasis on processors, memory, and input/output. Includes pipelining, ALUs, caches, virtual memory, parallelism, measuring performance, and basic operating systems concepts. Discussion of assembly language instruction sets and programming as well as internal representation of instructions. 4 cr.
Introduction to Software Engineering
MET CS 473
Prereq: (MET CS 342) or instructor's consent. Techniques for the construction of reliable, efficient, and cost-effective software. Requirement analysis, software design, programming methodologies, testing procedures, software development tools, and management issues. Students plan, design, implement, and test a system in a group project. Laboratory course. 4 cr.
Information Structures with Python
MET CS 521
Prereq: (MET CS 200 or MET CS 300) or instructor's consent. Only recommended for students with a programming background. Covers the concepts of the object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Python programming language. Includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, creating user interfaces, exceptions and streams. Upon completion of this course students will be capable of applying software engineering principles to design and implement Python applications that can be used in conjunction with analytics and big data. 4 cr.
MET CS 535
Prereq: (MET CS 575 and (MET CS 201 or MET CS 231 or MET CS 232)) or instructor's consent. Overview of data communication and computer networks, including network hardware and software, as well as reference models, example networks, data communication services, and network standardization. OSI and the Internet (TCP/IP) network models are discussed. Covers each network layer in detail, starting from the physical layer to the application layer, and includes an overview of network security topics. Other topics covered include encoding digital and analog signals, transmission media, protocols, circuit, packet, message, switching techniques, internetworking devices, topologies, LANs/WANs, Ethernet, IP, TCP, UDP, and web applications. Labs on network analysis. Restrictions: May not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 or MET CS 625. Only one of these courses can be counted toward degree requirements. 4 cr.
Foundations of Analytics
MET CS 544
Prereq: (MET CS 546) or equivalent knowledge, or instructor's consent. Provides students with the mathematical and practical background required in the field of data analytics. Starting with an introduction to probability and statistics, the R tool is introduced for statistical computing and graphics. Different types of data are investigated along with data summarization techniques and plotting. Data populations using discrete, continuous, and multivariate distributions are explored. Errors during measurements and computations are analyzed. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing topics are also examined. The concepts covered in the course are demonstrated using R. Laboratory course. 4 cr.
Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
MET CS 546
Prereq: academic background that includes the material covered in a standard course on college algebra or instructor's consent. Provides Computer Information Systems students with the mathematical fundamentals required for successful quantitative analysis of problems in the field of business computing. The first part of the course introduces the mathematical prerequisites for understanding probability and statistics. Topics include combinatorial mathematics, functions, and the fundamentals of differentiation and integration. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of elementary probability theory, and discrete and continuous distributions. 4 cr.
Analysis of Algorithms
MET CS 566
Prereq: (MET CS 248 and (MET CS 341 or MET CS 342)) or instructor's consent. Discusses basic methods for designing and analyzing efficient algorithms emphasizing methods useful in practice. Topics include sorting, searching, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms, advanced data structures, graph algorithms (shortest path, spanning trees, tree traversals), matrix operations, string matching, and NP completeness. 4 cr.
MET CS 575
Prereq: (MET CS 472 and (MET CS 231 or MET CS 232)) or instructor's consent. Overview of operating system characteristics, design objectives, and structures. Topics include concurrent processes, coordination of asynchronous events, file systems, resource sharing, memory management, security, scheduling, and deadlock problems. 4 cr.
MET CS 579
Prereq: (MET CS 231 or MET CS 232) or instructor's consent. Provides a theoretical yet modern presentation of database topics ranging from Data and Object Modeling, and relational algebra and normalization, to advanced topics such as how to develop web-based database applications. Other topics include relational data modeling, SQL and manipulating relational data; applications programming for relational databases; physical characteristics of databases; achieving performance and reliability with database systems; and object-oriented and distributed information systems. Restrictions: May not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 669 or MET CS 469 (undergraduate). Only one of these courses can be counted toward degree requirements. 4 cr.
Web Application Development
MET CS 601
Business Data Communication and Networks
MET CS 625
Prereq: (MET CS 200) or instructor's consent. Presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. Concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Restrictions: MS CIS only. May not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted toward degree requirements. 4 cr.
Information Technology Project Management
MET CS 632
A comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. Substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes, and managing distributed software teams and projects. 4 cr.
Agile Software Development
MET CS 634
eLive offering. A comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile software development. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning, and executing software development projects using agile methodologies. Students obtain practical knowledge of agile development frameworks and distinguish between agile and traditional project management methodologies. Students learn how to apply agile tools and techniques in the software development lifecycle from project ideation to deployment, including establishing an agile team environment, roles and responsibilities, communication and reporting methods, and embracing change. Also leverages the guidelines outlined by the Project Management Institute for agile project development as a framework. 4 cr.
Web Development with .NET
MET CS 651
Prereq: (MET CS 232) or instructor's consent. Provides a comprehensive introduction to building state-of-the-art web sites, web applications, web services, and web-connected devices with Microsoft technologies, with an emphasis on server-side technologies, cross-platform (Windows, OS X, Linux) methodologies, and how they interplay with today's client-side script. Server-side technologies covered include the C# programming language, the ASP.NET system for developing web sites and web apps, REST-based and SOAP-based web services, ADO.NET and LINQ for data access, Model View Controller (MVC) and Model- View-ViewModel (MVVM) architectures and frameworks like Windows Communication Framework (WCF). This class requires some programming experience in either Java, C#, or C++. Programming will be based on Microsoft Visual Studio or Microsoft Code, available through BU's MSDNAA. A copy of the software will be provided to students. 4 cr.
Database Design and Implementation for Business
MET CS 669
Studies the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Provides extensive hands-on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as students learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: Only for MS CIS. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted toward degree requirements. 4 cr.
MET CS 673
Prereq: (MET CS 342) and at least one 500-level computer programming-intensive science course, or instructor's consent. Techniques for the construction of reliable, efficient, and cost-effective software. Requirement analysis, software design, programming methodologies, testing procedures, software development tools, and management issues. Students plan, design, implement, and test a system in a group project. Laboratory course. 4 cr.
Information Systems Analysis and Design
MET CS 682
Prereq: basic programming knowledge or instructor's consent. Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data-processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, implementation, and management; project control; and systems-level testing. Laboratory course. 4 cr.
Web Analytics and Mining
MET CS 688
Prereq: (MET CS 544 or MET CS 555) or equivalent knowledge, or instructor's consent. Covers the areas of web analytics, text mining, web mining, and practical application domains. The web analytics part of the course studies the metrics of web sites, their content, user behavior, and reporting. Google Analytics tool is used for collection of web site data and doing the analysis. The text mining module covers the analysis of text including content extraction, string matching, clustering, classification, and recommendation systems. The web mining module studies how web crawlers process and index the content of web sites, how search works, and how results are ranked. Application areas mining the social web and game metrics will be extensively investigated. Laboratory Course. 4 cr.
Digital Forensics and Investigations
MET CS 693
eLive offering. Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Learn what computer forensics and investigation is as a profession and gain an understanding of the overall investigative process. Operating system architectures and disk structures are discussed. Studies how to set up an investigator's office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics covered include importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes, details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. Provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. With rapid growth of computer systems and digital data this area has grown in importance. 4 cr.
IT Strategy and Management
MET CS 782
Prereq: (MET CS 682) or instructor's consent. Describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of IT to business needs. MET CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of MET CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven't completed MET CS 682 should contact their academic advisor or the professor to determine if they are adequately prepared. 4 cr.
MET CS 783
Prereq: (MET CS 682) or strategic IT experience, or instructor's consent. Builds upon the strong technical foundation of our MSCIS and MSCS curricula, by providing students with the CIO-level management perspective and skills of an enterprise architect, in the context of the technologies that implement those architectures. Our text provides much of the management content of the course, and the online and classroom content provide both management and technical skills. Students learn that enterprise architectures are best developed incrementally, by system development projects that are aligned with strategic goals and enterprise architecture. The online content includes many real enterprise system development case studies, showing how these enterprise systems contributed to and helped define the overall enterprise architecture. The course also includes a number of realistic enterprise architecture assignments and an incremental term project with components spanning the course, to provide students with hands-on enterprise architecture experience. The course provides students with the understanding and skills needed to define and implement successful enterprise architectures that provide real value to organizations, such as substantially reducing IT costs while improving performance, agility, and alignment of information technology to business goals. 4 cr.
Drugs and Society
MET CJ 344
Introduction to the sociology of a wide range of legal and illicit drugs. Examines social definitions of drugs and conditions of their use. Considers deviant drug use and effects of social control on definitions and use. 4 cr.
Courts, Society & Criminal Procedure
MET CJ 352
An introduction to criminal procedure and the court system in the United States. While criminal procedure generally covers every aspect from the initial investigation of the case through the defendant's appeal, this class explores the initial stages of that process up through the suspect's arrest. Examines how the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, places limits on police, prosecutors, and courts when investigating and adjudicating crimes. Uses the case law method for learning the law. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
MET CJ 510
Topic for Summer 2017: Mental Health & Justice Policy. The intersection of mental health and criminal justice systems has become a major contemporary issue in our society. This course explores the history of mental health policy as situated within the criminal justice system. Both historical and contemporary impacts of justice policy are addressed with an understanding of how justice policy impacts treatment within the criminal justice setting. This course examines treatment and policy issues within the domains of policing, courts, corrections, and community reentry. Topics such as mental health law, the impact of mass incarceration on mental health, and contemporary prevention strategies are addressed. Ethical issues in the delivery of forensic mental health services are also explored. Students will gain valuable understanding of these important areas through case studies, site visits, guest speakers, and other active learning assignments. 4 cr.
Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
MET CJ 710
eLive Offering. This course is designed to engage students in conducting successful forensic examinations of digital devices and computer networks with hands-on-experience within the Virtual Security Lab. The course introduces EnCase forensic software, which has received a high acceptance rate in a court of law as an expert witness. The course covers various cybercrime topics and digital forensic investigation practices using digital evidence samples. In the process of learning, students will explore the nature of specific cybercrime and be able to successfully analyze and document the digital evidence related to the crime. 4 cr.
Policing in a Democratic Society
MET CJ 750
Police agencies play a critical role in a democratic society. While seeking to maintain order, enforce the law, and deliver services effectively, police agencies are held accountable to a wide variety of values by a number of powerful stakeholders. Police leaders, managers, and other personnel must understand the complexities of the police role in society and the political and legal constraints placed on them, and also be experts in effective, evidence-based approaches to dealing with crime problems in the community. By applying theory, policy, and evaluation literature to the cutting-edge practices in the field, this course provides students with an advanced understanding in the field of police leadership, management, strategy, and accountability within a democratic society. 4 cr.
Anthropology of Food
MET ML 641
What can food tell us about human culture and social organization? Food offers us many opportunities to explore the ways in which humans go about their daily lives from breaking bread at the family table to haggling over the price of meat at the market to worrying about having enough to eat. Food can also tell us about larger social organizations and global interconnections through products like Spam that are traded around the globe and the ways in which a fruit like the tomato transformed the culinary culture of European nations. In this course we consider how the anthropology of food has developed as a subfield of cultural anthropology. We also look at the various methodologies and theoretical frameworks used by anthropologists to study food and culture. 4 cr.
Food and Film
MET ML 673
We can all take pleasure in eating good food, but what about watching other people eat or cook food? This course surveys the history of food in film. It pays particular attention to how food and foodways are depicted as expressions of culture, politics, and group or personal identity. We will watch a significant number of films, both fiction and non-fiction, classic and modern. A good portion of class time will also be given to discussing the readings in combination with hands-on, in-depth analysis of the films themselves. 4 cr.
MET ML 704
Topic for Summer 2017: Survey of Italian Wine. Provides students with a thorough knowledge of Italian wine. By the end of the course, students will know the history, cultural context, and styles of wine made throughout Italy and will understand issues within the Italian wine industry and the market performance of Italian wines in Italy and in other countries. Regular class tastings illustrate examples of wine types. 2 cr.
Food Values: Local to Global Food Policy, Practice, and Performance
MET ML 719
Reviews various competing and sometimes conflicting frameworks for assessing what are "good" foods. Examines what global, national, state, and local food policies can do to promote the production and consumption of these foods. Teaches how to conceptualize, measure, and assess varying ecological, economic, nutritional, health, cultural, political, and justice claims. Analyzes pathways connecting production and consumption of particular foodstuffs in the U.S. and the world. Emphasizes comparative food systems and food value chains, and the respective institutional roles of science and technology, policy, and advocacy in shaping food supply and demand. 4 cr.
MET HI 215
Topic for Summer 2017: The Vietnam War. Explores the origins, events, and consequences of the wars in Vietnam from 1945 to 1979. Special emphasis is given to the causes of American involvement and the reasons for the failures of U.S. policy. The events of the wars are placed in different contexts demonstrating how ideological, diplomatic, social, cultural, and economic considerations influenced the conduct, duration, and end of the war. Topics include: French colonialism in Vietnam, the outbreak of the Cold War and America's road to Indochina, how the wars were fought, the battlefield experience of American troops, the media and the war, the American antiwar movement, the impact of war on Vietnamese society, Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese nationalism, the roles of the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union, the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia, the Sino-Vietnamese war, cinematic representations of the American War, and the Vietnam War's legacies in South East Asia and in the U.S. 4 cr.
History of America at War
MET HI 342
A survey of the history of America at war from pre-conquest Native American warfare to modern times. Covers colonial-era traditions; the Revolutionary War; 19th-century wars with Britain, Mexico, and Spain; the Civil War; the two World Wars; Korea; Vietnam; and modern wars in the Greater Middle East. Attention is paid to varying military traditions as well as military culture and capabilities: from backwoods skirmishing to set-piece battles, to total war on a global scale, to today's fighting against irregular enemies who employ evolving combat doctrines and assets. Documentary and other films will enhance class discussion of the evolution of American warfare and of Americans at war. 4 cr.
Counseling and Motivational Interviewing
MET PS 275
Prereq: (MET PS 101) or consent of instructor. Basic theories of counseling and motivational interviewing are compared and contrasted. Emphasis is placed on investigating the various contexts in which these theories and techniques are particularly applicable (e.g., sports psychology, weight loss, smoking cessation, crises management, etc.). 4 cr.
Special Topics in Sociology
MET SO 501
Topic for Summer 2017: A Social History of Boston's North End. A socio-cultural history of Boston's North End that examines changes in the area from the first Puritan settlement to the current period of gentrification, with central attention given to the dynamics of culture change among the Italian immigrants. Covers the impact of global changes on local processes, changes in American notions of identity and inclusion, and ethnic succession and competition; religious change, social organization, and Catholic festivals; William Foote Whyte's "Street Corner Society"; the image of Italians as criminals, and myths and realities of "the Mafia"; the impact of drugs and drug violence in the North End in the 70s and 80s; demographic change, tourism, food marketing, and gentrification. Course includes two visits to the North End, including dinner in a North End restaurant on the final night of the course. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Urban Affairs
MET UA 510
Topic for Summer 2017: Transit-Oriented Development in the 21st Century. As rates of urbanization continue to increase, there is amplified demand for housing, economic development, and connectivity through transportation networks. This course unpacks ‘sustainable development’ by focusing on strategies and best practices at the intersection of zoning and land use patterns with sustainable transportation options (e.g., subway, bus, rapid transit, biking, and walking). Students learn how to address sustainable development and transportation issues at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Case studies are used to address central issues many cities are facing. Topics covered include stakeholder engagement, climate change preparedness and adaptation, resilience planning, transportation networks, bikeshare and bikeable networks, walkability, equity, sustainable land use, and zoning. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Urban Affairs
MET UA 510
Topic for Summer 2017: Public Health and the Built Environment. Since the mid-1800s, scientists and researchers have continuously shown how public policies significantly impact the health of individuals now and in the future. Through readings, case studies, guest lectures, and in-class exercises, students learn about the lasting impacts of many of these policies. Students are also introduced to a variety of strategies used to design interventions that target urban problems and to the role of evidence in the policymaking process. This course is well-suited for curious students with an introductory background in planning, public health, and related fields. 4 cr.
Special Topics in Urban Affairs
MET UA 510
Topic for Summer 2017: Feeding the City: Urban Food. Examines historical and contemporary issues involved in providing food to cities and metropolitan areas. Tracing the routes that food takes into the city and the major sources of food, the course looks closely at the accessibility of food, especially in poorer urban neighborhoods. Among topics covered are obesigenic neighborhoods, food deserts, gentrification and foodie culture, public school food and nutrition, attempts to minimize food waste, and immigrants and ethnic foods in the city. The course also considers recent attempts at food production in cities, including urban agriculture, vertical farming, and craft production of food products. After closely looking at the history and current status of food programs, the course concludes with a consideration of urban food policies. 4 cr.
MET UA 580
Topic for Summer 2017: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place. This graduate and advanced undergraduate course demands critical curiosity and deep discussion from students and instructor within a seminar format. The course offers students tools to observe how cities are experienced. While the course covers the introductory and foundational semantics of architectural elements and concepts, it will focus equally on developing the language, observational tools, and lens through which students can understand the impact of the intended and unintended uses of architecture at different scales. 4 cr.
Urban Environmental Issues
MET UA 610
Presents a comprehensive approach to urban environmental issues by integrating environmental planning and policy. Intended for students with and without a planning background. Provides a broad view and discussion of natural resources planning relating to issues affecting urban watershed management. This approach includes water policy, sustainability of water resources, freshwater planning (lakes and rivers), coastal waters, open space protection, stormwater management, Clean Water Act, wetland protection, low impact development, and stakeholder involvement with a focus on the means and techniques available to local governments to plan and protect watersheds. Case studies are used to demonstrate the potential to address a full range of urban watershed issues, including water supply planning, water quality restoration and protection, open space planning, habitat protection and ecological conservation, and enhancement and regulatory activities. 4 cr.