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354. Business Analytics II
This course enables students to develop spreadsheet models of business processes for more
effective managerial decisions. The course emphasizes a data-driven approach for identifying
potential opportunities and improvements in the value chain. Students will learn a variety of
optimization models as they apply to business situations such as workforce scheduling and
operations management. Students will also discover how managers address uncertainty through
simulation models. The course will extensively use MS Excel plus additional software.
Prerequisites: ECB 102 and STA 201. STA 347 and 348 may be substituted for STA 201; STA

202 is recommended.

356. Economics of Organizations Seminar
Organizational Economics offers an economic approach to the study of management. We
explore how concepts such as optimization and equilibrium can be applied to real problems
inside the firm, such as the design of effective performance evaluation systems and employee
compensation plans. We consider in detail the problem of assigning decision-making authority
within a company. Organizational economics views the firm as a collection of contractual
relationships. Topics covered include contract theory, incentives within organizations, relational
contracting, and careers in organizations. The course will use Harvard Business School case

studies and will invite business practitioners. Prerequisite: ECB 301.

358. Analytics Case Seminar
This course applies the techniques of business analytics to a specific are of application, for
example marketing analytics, health care analytics, sports analytics, etc. The course will involve
a major case study with an actual organization. The specific orientation of the course will

depend on the faculty instructor.

359. Asset Valuation
This course focuses on topics of financial management that involve forecasting and valuations,
including time value of money, financial analysis (ratio analysis and cash flow analysis), pro-
forma, cost of capital, valuation methods, capital budgeting, and real options. The primary
objective of this course is to provide students with a framework for analyzing financial
information and to show how to apply this framework to do forecasting and valuations. This
course integrates key concepts from finance, accounting, strategy and economics, and bridges
the gap between ‘academic’ theory and ‘Wall Street’ practice. Prerequisites: ECB 151 and ECB

302.

365-369. Advanced Topics in Economics and Business
Selected topics of current interest in economics and business. Check individual course
description for prerequisite(s). See Topics Courses.

380. Internship in Economics and Business
Observation of and participation in activities related to Economics and Business courses and to
the career goals of the student. The student works with a business, government, or other
appropriate institution under the direction of the organization's leaders and a faculty supervisor.
Prerequisites: junior standing; courses that adequately prepare the student for the internship;
and approval by the faculty supervisor. Internships are normally for two terms. The maximum
credit that may be earned in an Economics and Business internship is three term credits. A
maximum of two course credits may be counted toward satisfying the requirement of nine
course credits numbered in the 300s or 400s for the Bachelor of Arts degree. (CR)

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