Technology, Operations & Info Mgt
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND DATA ANALYTICS
MIS Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
4 credit – general credit
This course is about how organizations and their employees can successfully collect, evaluate and apply information to become better decision makers. It starts with basic concepts regarding business data needs and ends with hands-on experience using Business Intelligence (BI) tools. It takes a variety of experts to start and run a business – financial, operational, marketing, accounting, human relations, managerial, etc. Each knowledge base requires up-to-date information to plot strategy or keep it on track. Our ability to capture large volumes of data often outstrips our ability to evaluate and apply the data as management information. These are the challenges we will address in this course so that you can become an intelligent gatherer and user of data in your chosen field.
ENTERPRISE 2.0 BUILDING SOCIAL NETWORKS
MIS3525 Enterprise 2.0: Building Social Networks to Improve Business Performance
4 credit (general credit)
Friday, Sept. 20: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Friday, Sept. 27: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Friday, Oct. 4: online week (asynchronous – no specific meeting time)
Friday, Oct. 11: online week (asynchronous – no specific meeting time)
Friday, Oct. 18: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Friday, Oct. 25: online week (asynchronous – no specific meeting time)
Friday, Nov. 1: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Friday, Nov. 8: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Enterprise 2.0 is the term to describe organizations that use social media technologies (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), strategies, and business practices that enable emergent collaboration. Many organizations are now interested in capturing, distributing and applying the knowledge of their employees for business benefit. Also, companies need to keep track of knowledge outside of their corporate walls, for example, understanding market trends and being aware of what customers are saying about their products. Ultimately, the goal of Enterprise 2.0 is to break down traditional information silos and allow employees and managers to tap into the right people and expertise when they need it.
In this course we will discuss the current state of the Enterprise 2.0 movement. We will also explore how social collaboration tools (often referred to as social media and Web 2.0) are being used by organizations to leverage the "wisdom of the crowds." Organizations are increasingly using tools such as blogs, wikis, social tagging, and social networking tools to achieve emergent collaboration and to break down information silos. Knowledge workers are also using social technologies to build their personal brand and personal network.
Student projects will emphasize a “hands-on” approach to understanding the latest social technologies. We will use social network analysis (SNA) software, a methodology to analyze the structure of social networks, or the people-to-people connections in organizations. SNA is an increasingly popular application used by both management consultants and internal organizational practices (e.g., knowledge management, IS, HR, R&D) to understand information flows and “influencers” inside and outside a company. Another project will have students create a social media campaign for an organization, including providing metrics on how to evaluate the success of the campaign. We will also experiment with mobile applications, such as location-based services (e.g., Foursquare, SCVNGR) on smartphones.
Prerequisite: FME1000 & FME1001
Course Capacity: 25
Usually offered: Fall
MIS3515 High-Tech Entrepreneurship
4 credit, General Credit
Babson has built our brand based on excelling in entrepreneurship. This course is designed to leverage our expertise in the field while filling a void that we have noticed over the years - student's lack of in-depth knowledge of specific technology solutions. For example, many students visit their professors and other mentors with ideas for new products or startups that require technology of many different types, but have little idea of the specific technical requirements and/or business feasibility of the project. This course is designed to help students develop their skills to understand the unique aspects of technology solutions, and the tools to access the viability of hi-tech products and startups.
" Understanding the technology ( for example, Web 2.0, GPS, image recognition)
" The ability to articulate the technology to a business sponsor
" Understanding the value of the technology solution ( hard versus soft benefits, ROI)
" Understanding the problem or opportunity that the product is addressing
" Researching and deconstructing the technology (stakeholder investment, vendors, customers)
" Understanding the complexities of building a hi-tech product(in-house, outsource)
" Organic development or outsourcing the development of the product
" Staffing the Hi-tech company
" How to market IT products: Channels, Hype v. facts
" Understanding the implications of on-going support requirements
" Understanding the economics of the development cycle and the support cycle
" Intellectual property issues
Prerequisites: OEM and MCE
INTEGRATED PRODUCT DESIGN
MOB 3578 Integrated Product Design
You will work with industrial design students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (in Boston) and engineering students from Olin College of Engineering to develop new products through projects that are student-generated. Students learn first-hand about the techniques and contributions different disciplines bring to product design and practice collaboration common in professional design settings. This course provides valuable multidisciplinary preparation for students interested to work in innovation projects in established firms or develop and launch their own consumer products. Class will be held once a week and rotate between all three campuses. Babson students should enroll in MOB 3578. Interested Wellesley students should cross-register in this course at Olin under ENGR3250.
MANAGING INFORMATION TECH AND SYSTEMS
This is a required course restricted to GAP students who entered on 1/1/2013 and students enrolled in FME1001-09 in spring 2013. An additional section of this course will be offered in spring 2014
SME2013 Managing Information Technology and Systems
3 credit intermediate management
Description: Managing Information Technology and Systems (MITS), part of the second year management curriculum, is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts in Information Technology and Systems (ITS) and their application in managing innovation, ITS infrastructure, and organizational partners (suppliers/customers) in the context of a medium/large business. The course will integrate primarily with Marketing and Operations using common/linked cases and joint exercises. The pre-requisites for the course is FME (Foundation of Management and Entrepreneurship).
PROBLEM SOLVING & SOFTWARE DESIGN
Problem Solving & Software Design
(Advanced Liberal Arts)
Teaches students assorted techniques and strategies to identify, approach and solve problems in business and personal areas. Students also learn how to program a computer in order to offer efficient solutions for certain types of problems. These solutions are created with tools, such as Visual Basic and C++, that are used in real companies. Students complete a capstone project to demonstrate their learning, create something of value, and add to their personal portfolio. This course emphasizes hands-on computer skill development in a computer lab setting.
Prerequisites: (QTM1310 OR QTM1311) and (MIS1000 or FME1001)
Prototyping with IT
(Advanced Liberal Arts)
MIS3660 teaches students the fundamental information management skills that are essential for every business professional. More specifically, students will learn various methods, frameworks and tools that facilitate effective and efficient information management activities. The information management skills are put into practice through the building of an information system prototype. The prototype supports a business process of the student's choosing, and it is built using advanced features of current software tools, such as Microsoft Access. This course emphasizes hands-on computer skill development.
Prerequisite: FME1001 or MIS1000
Advanced Liberal Arts Elective
Prerequisite: MIS1000 or FME1001
Students who have taken MIS1110 or MIS1170 (Introduction to Web Site Development) cannot take this course.
This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer I
DRUPAL WEB PROGRAM ESSENTIALS
Students can enroll in this course from any location: MIS3625 will meet for seven sessions on Tuesday nights from 6:00 - 9:10 PM EST, and students can be present in person or join the class online via "Coursera". The Thursday class content will be undertaken by students in an asynchronic manner according to their own schedule.
MIS3625 Drupal Web Programming Essentials, Bootstrapping Innovation
4 credit advanced liberal arts
Learn web technologies essential for today's high tech landscape. Drupal is used to power websites for the White House, Warner Brothers, 30% of all Universities and Colleges (Babson is using it extensively now as well), the Louvre, Zynga, PayPal, Chris Rock,The House of Representatives, Led Zeppelin, Jennifer Lopez, and many more big name sites. Using the power of LAMP technologies (Linux, Apache, MySql, PHP) and open source, Drupal can accelerate any technology project, website or startup to get up and running fast and for a fraction of the cost. The LAMP skill set will give you extremely valuable skills which the marketplace desperately needs --- in a time when some struggle to find work, these are some of the skills many employers are having trouble locating.”
Prerequisites: FME1001 0r MIS1000
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
MOB3573 Supply Chain Management (FORMERLY OPS3573)
Supply chain management (SCM) is an integrated approach to managing the flow of goods/services, information and financials from the raw materials to the consumer (throughout the supply chain) to satisfy customers' expectations and achieve profitability. Demand Chain management (DCM) takes a more customer focused approach to SCM. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an integrated perspective of SCM & DCM to develop the capability to analyze current supply chain operations, to reconfigure the structure of supply chain, and to develop competitive supply chains. Students will identify major barrier to effective supply and demand chain management, recognize best practices in supply and demand chain management, and assess the effect of advanced technologies on supply chain implementation.
COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY
Computer and Network Security
Advanced Liberal Arts
Teaches students the relevance of, purpose to and means behind establishing higher security levels for computers and associated networks. The nature of various security breaches including hacker attacks, email worms and computer viruses are explored. Management's responses including policy and procedure creation, risk management assessment and personnel training program design among others are examined. The tools of both security violators and protectors are explored. This course probes deeply into technical aspects of the hardware and software required to support computer networks. The course uses a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and guest speakers for learning.
Prerequisites: FME1001 or MIS1000 and QTM1300 or QTM2300
Students who have taken MIS3671 (Computer and Network Security) cannot take this course.
INTRO TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Introduction to Information Systems
The content of MIS 1000 is equivalent to the material covered in FME 1000 and FME 1001. Students who are enrolled in FME therefore cannot enroll in this course.
A concept and skills course that provides an introduction to computer based systems used to manage information in a business setting. Concepts include hardware and software fundamentals, and the design, implementation, use and management of information systems in business. Skills include the use of application software, database software, query tools, and website development systems.
This course is typically offered in the following semester: Fall and Spring
LEADING AND MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY
MOB3522 LEADING AND MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY
4 credits General Credit
Every individual who would engage in business development and management in this century will need to have an understanding and appreciation of the implications of environmentalism for corporate activities. Environmentalism offers a new approach to view conceptions of who is driving competitive and environmental concerns, the implications of those concerns for the corporation, how those implications alter product and process development, and what their future form may be.
This course takes a holistic view of the interaction of businesses with environment. It outlines reasons why businesses would want to and have to care about environmental issues. There are many reasons to care about how businesses interact with the environment - from the basic (cost reduction, compliance) to the inspiring (entrepreneurial opportunities), and this course will get you started on identifying and capitalizing on these opportunities. The course has three modules: In the first module the fundamentals of environmental economy and strategy are introduced with environmental assessment tools and methods (such as life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis, etc.) The second module considers the eco-effective and eco -efficient design of business functions. And in the last module the risks and opportunities associated with technological changes and allied business model innovations are discussed.
Pre-requisite: OEM2312 or SUS1201