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OIT 245: Optimization and Simulation Modeling

This course provides basic skills in quantitative modeling. The objective is to familiarize students with the main steps in an analytical approach to business decision making: constructing an abstract model for a relevant business problem, formulating it in a spreadsheet environment such as Microsoft Excel, and using the tools of optimization, Monte Carlo simulation and sensitivity analysis to generate and interpret recommendations. The class will be taught in a lab style, with short in-class exercises done in small teams, focusing on a variety of applications drawn from online advertising, healthcare, finance, supply chain management, revenue and yield optimization.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

OIT 247: Optimization and Simulation Modeling - Accelerated

The course is aimed at students who already have a background or demonstrated aptitude for quantitative analysis, and thus are comfortable with a more rapid coverage of the topics, in more depth and breadth, than in OIT 245.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

OIT 248: The Art and Science of Optimization Modeling in Practice

This is the Advanced Applications option in the menu of courses that satisfy the Management Perspectives requirement in Optimization and Simulation Modeling (OSM). The course is tailored to students who already have command of basic optimization and modeling techniques, or who have a quantitative background that will allow them to catch up quickly. Some basic programming will be required, so experience with at least one programming language is recommended. The course will focus on using optimization techniques in practice. We will start by discussing different types of optimization models, including linear, integer, and quadratic optimization models. We will then discuss modeling techniques to make these models more realistic, such as multi-objective approaches and using regression models within optimization formulations. Lastly, we will cover tips and tricks for solving large models in practice, such as setting solving limits and heuristics.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: O'Hair, A. (PI)

OIT 249: MSx: Data and Decisions

Data and Decisions teaches you how to use data and quantitative reasoning to make sound decisions in complex and uncertain environments. The course draws on probability, statistics, and decision theory. Probabilities provide a foundation for understanding uncertainties, such as the risks faced by investors, insurers, and capacity planners. We will discuss the mechanics of probability (manipulating some probabilities to get others) and how to use probabilities to make decisions about uncertain events. Statistics allows managers to use small amounts of information to answer big questions. For example, statistics can help predict whether a new product will succeed or what revenue will be next quarter. The third topic, decision analysis, uses probability and statistics to plan actions, such as whether to test a new drug, buy an option, or explore for oil. In addition to improving your quantitative reasoning skills, this class seeks to prepare you for later classes that draw on this material, including finance, economics, marketing, and operations. At the end we will discuss how this material relates to machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: Reiss, P. (PI)

OIT 256: Electronic Business (Accelerated)

This course focuses on the way information technology affects the structure of business models. It considers the impact of information technology on industries ranging from retail to logistics and from healthcare to smartphones. It considers how you can take advantage of new technology opportunities and how they change the structure of firms, industries and value chains, with an emphasis on business issues. Classes combine lecture and case study discussions and the workload is above the GSB average. The course is designed to help you make a transition into technology-related fields.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

OIT 262: Operations

This course focuses on basic managerial issues arising in the operations of both manufacturing and service industries. The objectives of the course are to familiarize students with the problems and issues confronting operations managers and to introduce language, conceptual models, and analytical techniques that are broadly applicable in confronting such problems. The spectrum of different process types used to provide goods and services is developed and then examined through methods of process analysis and design.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

OIT 265: Data and Decisions

This is the base version of D&D. This course introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques for analyzing risk and formulating sound decisions in uncertain environments. Approximately half of the course focuses on probability and its application. The remainder of the course examines statistical methods for interpreting and analyzing data including sampling concepts, regression analysis, and hypothesis testing. Applications include inventory management, demand analysis, portfolio analysis, surveys and opinion polls, A/B testing, environmental contamination, online advertising and the role of analytics in business settings more generally. The course emphasizes analytical techniques and concepts that are broadly applicable to business problems.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: Somaini, P. (PI)

OIT 267: Data and Decisions - Accelerated

Data and Decisions - Accelerated is a first-year MBA course in probability and statistics for students with strong quantitative backgrounds. Probability provides the foundation for modeling uncertainties. Statistics provides techniques for interpreting data, permitting managers to use small amounts of information to answer larger questions. In statistics, we focus on the linear regression model. Regression analysis provides a method for determining the relationship between a dependent variable and predictor variables. We introduce topics from non-linear models and machine learning model selection. Students taking this course need to be comfortable with mathematical notation, algebra, some calculus, and be open to learning to write short programs in statistical software (eg R or Stata). If you are not confident with your quantitative abilities, then you should enroll in OIT 265. Accelerated D&D will cover material covered in OIT 265 plus some additional topics such as discrete dependent variable models. While OIT 267 focuses on real world applicability, we will explore the mathematical underpinnings of these topics in more depth than OIT 265 as an avenue for deeper understanding. The group regression project is a key component of the course.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

OIT 269: MSx: Operations and Strategies

Operations refer to the processes in which businesses use to produce and deliver products or services. They can also be processes in which businesses use to support the functioning of the company. These processes consume materials, require resources such as assets or people, and take time for completion. Managing operations well is necessary in order that these processes can be completed in a timely manner, consume the right amount of resources and costs, and achieve the optimal purpose. This course is about (1) the concepts and methods in which operations can be managed effectively, and (2) how to develop strategies around operations.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: Lee, H. (PI)

OIT 272: Online Marketplaces

How does Uber match drivers to passengers? How does Airbnb select the set of listings to show to a guest in a search? How does eBay manage trust and reputation between buyers and sellers? How does Google optimize auctions for billions of dollars’ worth of online advertising? This course focuses on the basic analytic and data science tools used to address these and other challenges encountered in the most exciting online marketplaces in the world. With hands-on exercises we will open and understand the “black-box” of online marketplaces’ operations. We will cover application areas such as transportation, rentals, sharing, e-commerce, labor markets, and advertising, leveraging tools from D&D, OSM, and Micro (all base). Overall, the course will provide basic business knowledge for future investors, product managers, sales and marketing managers, operation managers, and anyone interested on online marketplaces.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
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