270 Graduate Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
INFO U760. Intellectual Property Protection for IT (3) Legal issues facing
information- and knowledge-based organizations including structuring of
ownership, trademarks, servicemarks, patents, patent fences, transactions
and intellectual property, licensing and technology transfer. Prerequisite:
admission to the graduate informatics program.
INFO U761. Business and Competitive Intelligence (3) Use of information
technology to facilitate better business decisions by collecting and
analyzing the efficiency and productivity of internal operations as well as
external influences such as competitors, market trends, and global economics.
Prerequisite: INFO U622 or INFO U650 or consent of instructor.
INFO U762. Interoperability (3) Techniques for integrating information
from disparate systems by different manufacturers using different formats
and communication protocols. Topics include: XML, EDI, web services, and
standards-based open source collaboration. Prerequisite: INFO U710 or INFO
U720 or consent of instructor.
INFO U763. Advanced IT Project Management (3) Organizing and using
resources to complete structured projects, activities, and tasks within
defined scope, quality, time and cost constraints including the selection and
alignment of performance metrics to bottom-line goals of the enterprise.
Prerequisite: INFO U710 or INFO U720 or consent of instructor.
INFO U796. Special Topics in Graduate Informatics (1-6) Select
subjects and current trends in the social, cultural, political and technical
issues associated with information resource management. Prerequisite:
consent of instructor.
INFO U798. Independent Graduate Study in Informatics (1-6) Directed
research and study in information technology, information resource management,
or healthcare information management. Students are required
to complete a minimum of 6 hours, but this course may be repeated for
additional hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
INFO U799. Thesis Preparation (1-6) Preparation of a thesis and
research in the pursuit of the master's degree in informatics. Students
are required to complete a minimum of 6 hours, but this course may
be repeated for additional hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
BUSINESS ANALYTICS (MSBA)
*pending CHE approval
MSBA U700. Introduction to Quantitative Analysis and Programming
(3) Statistical estimation methods using SAS and R. Topics will
include general linear models, ANOVA, piecewise linear regression,
logistic regression, and exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses.
Prerequisite: ECON U292.
MSBA U705. Data Mining and Management (3) The fundamentals
of data mining, data management, and data warehousing. Topics include
design and querying of relational databases, design, setup and use of
data warehouses, and various data and text mining methodologies.
MSBA U710. Predictive Analytics and Forecasting (3) Contemporary
and comprehensive treatment of modern time series and empirical prediction.
Topics include auto regression, moving average, ARIMA processes,
volatility models, cluster analysis, and structural equation modeling.
Prerequisite: MSBA U700.
MSBA 720. Data Visualization (3) The essential and practical skills
in visualization, including computer graphics, visual data representation,
physical and human vision models, numerical representation of
knowledge and concepts, animation techniques, pattern analysis, and
computational methods. Various software tools will be studied including
R, gg-plot2, and Tableau 8. Prerequisite: MSBA U700.
MSBA U730. Optimization (3) Applications of optimization through
case studies and computer exercises to provide insights into business and
economics. Statistical methods will include linear, network, integer, and
nonlinear optimization using excel and SAS/OPTMODEL. Prerequisite:
MSBA U740. Analytical Decision Making (3) Skills and knowledge
necessary to model situations where uncertainty is a major factor. Models
may include decision trees, Monte Carlo simulation, discrete event simulation,
and stochastic optimization, along with applications for solving a
wide variety of common business problems. Prerequisite: MSBA U700.
MSBA U745. Financial Analytics (3) Financial statement data to
evaluate and predict corporate performance using eXtensible Business
Reporting language (XBRL) to obtain corporate and industry data from
the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for comparison and predictive
purposes. Effective communication using data visualization will be
studied. Prerequisites: MSBA U700.
MSBA U750. Accounting Analytics (3) Basic theory and structure
underlying accounting and auditing. The FASB codification to research
accounting issues will be used and auditing analytics to aid in sampling
and risk assessment will be applied. Prerequisites: ACCT U332, ACCT U435,
MSBA U755. International Accounting and Consolidations (3)
Consolidation of financial statements for both domestic and foreign subsidiaries.
Topics will include accounting for foreign currency transactions,
hedging and derivatives, and spreadsheet sensitivity analysis to forecast
exposure to foreign currency transactions and foreign currency exchange
rates. Prerequisites: ACCT U332, MSBA U700.
MSBA U760. Data Governance, Law, and Ethics (3) Ethical and legal
theories that have led to various regulations, including antitrust, workers’
compensation, social security, employment law, taxation, and environmental
compliance. Topics will include the uses of analytics to support the
overarching theories and regulations. Prerequisite: MSBA U700.
MSBA U765. Business Process and Operations Analytics (3)
Quantitative modeling tools and techniques used to solve problems faced
in modern supply chains such as forecasting demand, determining the
capacity of a manufacturing line, and optimizing the production operation.
Prerequisite: MSBA U700.