Operations and Information Management (OPIM)

Head of Department: Professor Ram Gopal

Department Office: Room 372, School of Business

For major requirements, see the School of Business section of this Catalog.

1195. Special Topics Lecture

Credits, prerequisites, and hours as determined by the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

2001. MIS in Business: A Hands-On Introduction

Three credits. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Not open to Business majors who have passed or are currently enrolled in OPIM 3103. A laptop (Windows or Mac operating system) that can connect to the Internet is required.

A hands-on introduction to latest information technology concepts and tools as applicable to business, such as spreadsheets for business analysis, business programming and database management, technology project management, electronic commerce, emerging technologies for online marketing, emerging social media, information security and privacy, and intellectual property. Executives from industry will be guest speakers.

3103. Business Information Systems

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Business majors of sophomore or higher status; others with the consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head.

Information needs of managers, the structure of the information systems required to fill these needs, systems development, business computing technology, and management applications within major business functional subsystems.

3104. Operations Management

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Introduction to concepts, models, and information systems applicable to the planning, design, operation and control of systems which produce goods and services. Topics include process design, facility locations, aggregate planning, inventory control, and scheduling.

3211. Systems Analysis and Design

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103, 3220, 3221, 3222; open only to MIS majors of junior or higher status.

System development methodologies for business information systems. Project management concepts, hardware and software technology, and organizational considerations are explored. Students participate in a system development project.

3212. Advanced Information Technologies

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103, 3220, 3221, 3222; open only to MIS majors of junior or higher status.

Deepens knowledge of application development tools for the design of decision oriented information systems. Emphasis will be placed on emerging tools and techniques relevant for modern organizational information needs.

3220. Business Software Development

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

The development of computer software for business information processing. Topics include flowcharting, pseudocode, programming with a business oriented computer language, file processing concepts, and on-line and batch processing.

3221. Business Database Systems

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Introduces market-leading techniques for transaction processes as well as decision making and business intelligence that help to identify and manage key data from business processes. Provides the essential tools required for further data mining applications. Combines lecture, class discussion and hands-on computer work in a business-oriented environment.

3222. Network Design and Applications

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Principles and applications of business telecommunications emphasized. Covers important network systems as well as crucial techniques in building these systems. Students participate in network design and implementation project.

3223. Advanced Business Application Development

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103; open only to MIS majors of junior or higher status.

Covers structured and object-oriented programming methodologies for developing business applications. Program design techniques and logic emphasized. Students participate in a business application design and implementation project.

3224. Web Business Application Development

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3220 and 3221 (or equivalent programming and database coursework); open only to MIS majors of junior or higher status; others with instructor’s permission. Each student is required to bring a laptop with hardware and software as per School of Business specifications that can connect to the Internet and handle required software.

Covers structured and object-oriented programming methodologies for developing database supported business applications on platforms such as the worldwide web. Program design techniques and logic are emphasized. Students participate in a team based business application design and implementation project.

3505. Business Database Management

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103 or equivalent; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status; others with consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Offered only at regional campus locations.

Introduction to the development and implementation of database applications. Topics covered include costs and benefits of database approach, database design lifecycle, the relational data model, Structured Query Language, database applications development and data warehousing. Students will learn the relational database concept and participate in the hands-on design and implementation of a database using the relational architecture and a database management system.

3506. Business Application Programming

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103 or equivalent; open only to Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, and Financial Management majors of junior or higher status; others with the consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Offered only at the Hartford, Waterbury, and Stamford Regional Campus locations.

Development of business application software using structured and object oriented programming techniques. The emphasis is on programming logic, rapid application development techniques and personal productivity tools. Topics include program design techniques, programming constructs, interface development techniques, event driven programming, file and database processing, and object linking and embedding.

3507. Internet Technologies and Electronic Commerce

Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: OPIM 3505, OPIM 3506; open only to Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, and Financial Management majors of junior or higher status; others with the consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Offered only at the Hartford, Waterbury, and Stamford Regional Campus locations.

Introduces Internet technology and tools from the perspective of business users. The focus is on providing knowledge base and functional tools for students as workers in the 21st Century. The specific technologies covered in the class will depend upon state-of-the-art at the time of class offering. However, some of the general concepts include: HTML, client side programming such as JavaScript or VBScript, dynamic content creation and management, electronic business process management, security concerns and solutions, and regulatory/public policy issues. A significant part of the course will involve hands-on training.

3510. Business Data Analytics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103 or equivalent; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status; others with consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Offered only at regional campus locations.

Presents essential data analytics topics. Covers basic programming logic and techniques necessary for developing preprocessing and data cleaning with a light introduction to data mining and visualization techniques.

3511. Business Data Analytics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3510 or equivalent; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status; others with consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Offered only at regional campus locations.

Presents data analytics principles and state-of-the-art data mining software, with an emphasis placed on applications in business. Provides an introduction to a variety of statistical techniques and algorithmic principles used in data mining. Various data mining procedures will be discussed and subsequently implemented using state-of-the-art analytics toolsets.

3512. Project Management for Business Data Analytics

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3505 and OPIM 3510; corequisite: OPIM 3511; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status; others with consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head. Cannot be used toward fulfilling MIS major requirements. Offered only at regional campus locations.

Introduction to the concepts necessary for both project managers and project team members to deliver successful data analytics projects on time, on budget and in scope. The phases and knowledge areas of project management, as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), are covered as well as the tools and techniques in each area for successful project management. Introduction to appropriate project management will also be covered. Students will be divided into teams, with each team responsible for satisfactory management and completion of a data analytics project.

3652. Industrial Quality Control

Three credits. Prerequisite: STAT 1000 or 1100, and OPIM 3104 or MEM 2211; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

The economic control and assurance of quality and reliability with emphasis on management of the quality function. Included are: a conceptual treatment of statistical methods in quality control; control of quality during manufacture and at delivery of finished goods; planning for quality control and reliability; quality management, to include organization, economics, systems and procedures.

3777. IT Security, Governance and Audit

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103 or instructor consent; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status. Not open to students who have passed OPIM 4895 when the topic name was the same as this course.

Introduces the basic principles of information security, its role in reducing information risk exposure and tools and solutions that can be used to prevent information loss and business interruption. Discusses appropriate laws and industry standards for IT Governance. Presents the process of information systems audit, discusses tools of IT audit and its role in detection and prevention of fraud and other data anomalies. An introduction to risk management software and methodologies will also be covered.

3801. Principles of Project Management

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Provides an introduction to the concepts necessary for both project managers and project team members to deliver successful projects on time, on budget and in scope. The phases and knowledge areas of project management, as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), are covered as well as the tools and techniques in each area for successful project management. An introduction to Microsoft Project software will also be covered.

3802. Data and Text Mining

Three credits. Prerequisite: STAT 1000Q, 1100Q, or equivalent; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status, others with permission of Department Head. Each student is required to bring a laptop (with Windows or Mac OS) that can connect to the Internet and handle required software (see School of Business specifications).

Introduction to the concepts of data and text mining and positions students to structure and successfully complete information analytics projects. Various concepts and approaches are analyzed and subsequently implement using state-of-the-art analytic toolsets.

3803. Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Analysis

Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103or instructor’s consent; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status; others with permission of Department Head. Each student is required to bring a laptop installed with Microsoft Excel that can connect to the Internet.

Introduction to business decision and data analysis with electronic spreadsheets in Excel, the primary quantitative analysis software in business environments. Modeling and decision techniques are covered in combination with Excel functions and tools. Applications in different business functional areas are also covered.

4891. Field Study Internship

One to six credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Completion of freshman-sophomore School of Business Requirements and consent of instructor and Department Head; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Designed to provide students with an opportunity for field work relevant to one or more major areas within the Department. Students will work under the supervision of one or more professionals in the specialty in question. Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of an appraisal by the field supervisor and a detailed written report submitted by the student.

4893. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement, up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; consent of Department Head required, prior to the student’s departure. These credits must be awarded for regularly scheduled course work at a recognized foreign university in the field of information systems or in the student’s Applications Area; if in the Applications Area the consent of both the Department Head and the Head of the Applications Area is required. Prior to taking the course the student must sign up for the course in advance as a course in that Applications Area. No credits can be counted toward required courses in the MIS major.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

4895. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103 and others as announced separately for each offering; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Classroom course in special topics in operations management, operations research and information management as announced in advance for each semester.

4899. Independent Study

Credits by arrangement, not to exceed six in any semester. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor and Department Head; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Individual study of special topics in operations management, operations research and information management as mutually arranged between a student and an instructor.

4996. Independent Honors Research

Three credits. Open to juniors or higher; open only to OPIM Department Honors students with consent of the instructor.

Students develop their own plan for a research project, and conduct and write up the research, consulting periodically with a faculty member.

4997. Senior Thesis in Operations and Information Management

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: OPIM 4996; open only by consent of instructor and department head; open only to OPIM Department Honors students; open to juniors or higher.

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