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BA 2333 – Quantitative Business Analysis

Spring 2011 ::: MW 11:30 - 12:45 ::: SOM 1.110

Instructor TA
Dr. Walter Johnston Wei Chen
SOM 2.409 FO 1.502 #15
972.883.4833 972.883.4821
Office Hours: by appointment TBA

Text: Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance (3rd

Edition), Swift and Piff, ISBN 978-0-230-21824-6
Plus Handouts

Prerequisites: MATH 1314 or equivalent

Course Description: This course will introduce the concepts of

optimization and decision analysis as they relate to managerial decision
making. These concepts will be developed via lectures and exercises using
software packages. Topics include: vectors and matrix algebra, solution of
linear equations, constrained optimization, linear programming, and decision
trees. Emphasis will be given to modeling and solving problems in Finance,
Marketing, Accounting, and Operations Management.

Class Participation: Class attendance is not required but students are

responsible for any and all material covered during class.

Homework: Homework problems will be assigned and graded. Homework

will not be accepted after the assignment due date. In-class quizzes are
considered homework. Homework will comprise 30% of your final grade.

Exams: There will be 3 in class exams, the lowest one of which will be
comprise 70% of your final grade.

Grading Policy: Grades will be assigned base in the following cut-off


A+ A B+ B C+ C D+ D
95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: While students are encouraged to study
together and discuss topics related to this class, all material turned in for
credit (including, but not limited to, homework and exams) must be the
work-product of the student named with the turned in material. All
suspected violations of this principle will be referred to the appropriate
University parties for Disciplinary Action.

Tentative Topics Schedule

Week Topic
1 Intro to Quantitative Decision Making
2 Defining the Problem and Gathering Data
3 Unconstrained Optimization Review
4 Matrix Algebra / Soln. of Simultaneous Eqns.
5 Lagrange Multipliers
6 Linear Programming (Intro to Excel SOLVER)
7 Example Applications of Linear Prog.
8 What-if, Sensitivity, and Shadow Pricing
9 Example Application of Linear Prog.
10 Review of Probability
11 Conditional Probability
12 Decision Trees (Intro)
13 Expected Value, EVPI
14 Example Applications