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Decision Support Systems: Course outline

Catalog descreption

A study of decision support systems and applications. Topics include: decision support framework, decision processes, design and development, architecture and networking, web-based DSS, evaluating DSS projects

As a result of our work together in this course, you should:

  1. To review and clarify the fundamental terms, concepts and theories associated with Decision Support Systems, computerized decision aids, expert systems, group support systems and executive information systems.
  2. To examine examples and case studies documenting computer support for organizational decision making, and various planning, analysis and control tasks.
  3. To discuss and develop skills in the analysis, design and implementation of computerized Decision Support Systems.
  4. To examine user interface design issues and evaluate the user interfaces and capabilities of Decision Support Systems.
  5. To improve hands-on skills using HTML, Microsoft Access and Excel, and JavaScript for building state-of-the-art Decision Support Systems, especially Web-Based systems that use advanced computing and networking technologies.
  6. To understand that most Decision Support Systems are designed to support rather than replace decision makers and the consequences of this perspective for designing DSS.
  7. To discuss organizational and social implications of Decision Support Systems.

Course content

Week 1

Ch. 1 Supporting Business Decision-Making

Tutorial 1: Using Worksheets to Make Business Decisions

Week 2

Ch. 2 Gaining Competitive Advantage with DSS

Tutorial 2: Creating a Worksheet

Week 3

Ch. 3 Analyzing Business Decision Processes

Tutorial 3: Developing a Professional-Looking Worksheet

Week 4

Ch. 3 Analyzing Business Decision Processes

Tutorial 4: Creating Charts

Week 5

Ch. 4 Designing and Developing DSS

Week 6

Review Power DSS Chs. 1-4

Week 7

Ch. 5 Designing and Evaluating DSS User Interfaces

Tutorial 7: Developing an Excel Application

Week 8

Ch. 6 Evaluating DSS Architecture, Networking and Security Issues

Tutorial 11: Importing Data into Excel

Course content

Week 9

Ch. 7 Implementing Communications-Driven and Group DSS

Tutorial: Using Microsoft Netmeeting for Decision Support


Week 10

Ch. 8 Building Data and Document-Driven DSS

Tutorial 5: Working with Excel Lists

Appendix 2: Using Data Maps


Week 11 & 12

Review Power DSS Chs. 5-8


Week 13

Ch. 9 Building Knowledge-Driven DSS and Mining Data

Tutorial 9: Data Tables and Scenario Management


Week 14

Ch. 10 Building Model-Driven DSS

Tutorial 10: Using Solver for Complex Problems


Week 15

 Final Trem

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