Courses Bachelor Display 2017-2018

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Course title Decision Support Systems and Business Modelling
Course code EBC2088
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessement None
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
5 16-4-2018 8-6-2018 X X
Level Intermediate
Coordinator Janos Flesch
For more information: j.flesch@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
Understanding the role and operation of decision support systems. Independent development of a decision support system.
Master programming in Excel and the design of user interfaces in VBA for Excel.
Description
Decision support systems are computer-based systems for management decision makers who deal with semi-structured decision problems.
A DSS is closely related to a MIS, a management information system. Where a MIS helps decision makers utilize data and models to solve
structured problems, a DSS aims to give the same support, in case the problem is less structured (less routine). In this course, we will
focus on the separate techniques that form the building blocks of a DSS: databases, spreadsheet models, recommendation model, and the user
interface. Developing a business model as a decision aid for a self-designed choice problem is the major assignment of the course.
We will use Excel and VBA as a tool to program our own DSS. Writing a management report describing the DSS and its possible implementation
is the second practical assignment. Together, those two assignments compose the project done by small project groups of 2 students.
Literature
The course is built around a reader that will be distributed before the course. Secondary literature references about decision support systems in general
will be provided in the reader.
Prerequisites
Basic mastery of Excel, or an alternative spreadsheet application: cell referencing, building formulas, use of logical functions.
This does not include mastery of VBA for Excel: training in VBA programming is part of the course.

An advanced level of English.
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Lecture / Assignment / Groupwork
Assessment methods Final Paper / Oral Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Bachelor Economics and Business Economics Specialisation Economics and Management of Information QE Electives
Bachelor International Business QE electives
Bachelor Economics and Business Economics Specialisation Economics QE Electives
Bachelor Economics and Business Economics Specialisation Emerging Markets QE Electives
Bachelor Economics and Business Economics Specialisation International Business Economics QE Electives
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