2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Management Science and Systems (MGS)

School of Management

Office of Undergraduate Programs
204 Alfiero Center
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010
Ph: 716-645-3206
F: 716-645-2341
W: mgt.buffalo.edu
Paul E. Tesluk
Dean
BobbyJo LaDelfa
Associate Dean
David Murray
Chair, Undergraduate Program
Diane Dittmar
Assistant Dean

The Learning Environment

Students take a series of prerequisite courses early in their academic careers that serve as a foundation for the upper-level core curriculum. There are 12 upper-level core requirements cutting across multiple management disciplines providing a comprehensive understanding and application of contemporary management practices. Many courses are project based integrating case studies. Capstone courses offer academic training with real-world exposure through experiential learning.

About half of the 12 courses are delivered via Digital Access or in lecture halls, while the other half average 45 students. Recitations that accompany core courses are taught by teaching assistants in class sizes of approximately 30 or less. Concentration courses typically average 45 students. Opportunities for independent study and study abroad are available both during the regular semester and over summer/winter breaks.

About Our Facilities

The Jacobs Management Center and the adjacent Alfiero Center offer a complete home for management students, faculty and staff. Together, they are among only a few buildings at UB that commingle classrooms and offices, creating an interactive community of professionals, students and scholars. The School has a computer lab open over 100 hours a week with access limited to just Management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are another 26 tables throughout the three floors of the atrium that are available as well.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes three classrooms (of the 12), a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all exclusively to our undergraduates, with technology throughout to enhance their experience. The new center offers a bright, colorful space dedicated exclusively to them, to help undergrads feel at home at UB.

About Our Faculty

The School of Management includes six departments with a total of 56 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 20 full-time clinical faculty members, 20 part-time adjuncts, and 22 graduate teaching assistants who support our courses. Our faculty includes some of the most experienced and knowledgeable teachers you will find on any business school campus. Their research is published frequently in leading academic journals and textbooks, and their expertise and advice is sought regularly by the business community and mainstream media.

In the classroom, this expertise enables them to illustrate the theoretical side of business concepts and bring them to life with practical industry examples. Our faculty's commitment to teaching, along with their contacts, availability and friendliness, makes them a powerful and highly approachable resource for our students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Business Administration department website for additional information about our faculty.

MGS Courses


  • MGS 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MGS 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • MGS 314LR Applied Business Programming
    Lecture

    An introductory programming course with an emphasis on business applications and problem solving. Students will learn object oriented design techniques, programming structures, programming logic and user interface design. The software development environment used in this course is Microsoft Visual Studio and the Visual Basic .NET programming language.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: MGS 351, senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGS 351LR Introduction to Management Information Systems
    Lecture

    Introduces the basic concepts of management information systems from the managerial perspective. Topics include systems theory, information theory, systems analysis, and database management. Also introduces computer software, such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Access.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: MGQ 201 and junior standing in the School of Management. Students may not repeat upper-level School of Management courses in which they have earned passing grades in without consulting with an academic advisor.
  • MGS 402LEC Telecommunications Technology
    Lecture

    Introduces students to telecommunications technology. Students gain an appreciation for telecommunications technology, such as fax, telephone, and radio, as well as the management of telecommunications and the services planned by telecommunication companies. Students learn to identify major components of local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), and to understand issues relating to design of LANs and administration of network operating systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MGS 351 and senior standing in the School of Management
    Other Requisites: MGS 402
  • MGS 404LEC Database Management Systems
    Lecture

    Introduces the technologies used to develop and implement database systems. The course begins by introducing the relational model and the structure query language (SQL), and also examines post-relational models as found in object-oriented and semantic databases. Uses data modeling concepts and principles of good database design to illustrate the construction of integrated databases. Requires students to complete a project that incorporates good database design concepts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MGS 351 and senior standing in the School of Management
    Other Requisites: MGS 404
  • MGS 405LEC Systems Analysis and Design
    Lecture

    Acquaints students with the various concepts and technologies used in the analysis and design of computer-based systems. The course introduces techniques for studying business information flows, defining information requirements, and designing and implementing computer-based solutions. Also surveys modern software development practices and such methods as rapid applications development and prototyping, and the use of automated tools to support software development.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: CSE 113 or CSE 115, MGS 351 and senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGS 410LEC Digital Forensics
    Lecture

    Introduction to digital forensics. Students will acquire, authenticate, and analyze digital evidence. We will explore technical and managerial topics, and provide students with both theoretical and practical hands-on experience using forensic equipment and software.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: MGS 351 and junior or senior standing in the School of Management
  • MGS 420LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MGS 420SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Topics vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MGS 425LEC Management of IT Projects
    Lecture

    MIS concentration capstone course. Advanced MIS majors, operating as a high performance team, will engage in and complete the design and implementation of a significant information system, Project management, management of the IS function, and systems integration will be components of the project experience.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: CSE 113 or CSE 115, MGS 351, MGS 314 and senior standing in the School of Management; concurrent registration in MGS 405
  • MGS 496TUT MIS Internship
    Tutorial

    Provides students within the management science and systems option with an opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-life situations. Students choose their own placement from a listing available from the Internship Program Office. The placement process is similar to that of a job search. Students have the opportunity to send their resumes to sites of their choosing and interview for placement. Each site assigns a specific project to the student to be completed within 150 hours during the course of the semester. Management science and systems students work under the supervision of a management science and systems professional and receive exposure to the day-to-day operations within a professional setting

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MGS 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Instructional and practical experience in the skills and techniques of research through association with a faculty member actively engaged in research. Credit up to 6 hours, depending on the type and amount of research activity. May be taken for credit more than once.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
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