Management Science (MGSC)

MGSC 1205  Quantitative Methods I  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Nova Scotia Pre-Calculus Mathematics or Mathematics 12 Academic; or equivalent

This course illustrates applications of basic mathematical techniques in decision-making such as break-even analysis, data manipulation, aggregate planning and financial planning. Topics include linear functions and equations, linear programming and the simplex method, compound interest and annuities.

MGSC 1206  Quantitative Methods II  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Nova Scotia Pre-Calculus Mathematics or Mathematics 12 Academic; or equivalent

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the dynamics of non-linear functions as they relate to the economic use of scarce resources. Students will be exposed to the basic methods of calculus and the concepts of probability as they relate to decision making in an uncertain environment.

MGSC 2207  Introductory Statistics  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: MGSC 1206

This course is designed to introduce some common decision aids for coping with uncertainty. Topics include: data collection, summarization and presentation, reporting and interpreting the accuracy of results, evaluating the effectiveness of a decision and determining relationships among factors for the purpose of prediction. Examples will be drawn from a variety of fields and disciplines. Since the analysis of data will involve the use of a computer, it is strongly recommended that a course such as CISY 1225 be completed beforehand.

Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following towards the Bachelor of Commerce: MGSC 2207, PSYC 2350, SOCI 2365, GEOG 3326, BIOL 3308, EGNE 2309, or MATH 1216.
MGSC 3317  Operations Management  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: MGMT 1281, MGSC 1205 and MGSC 2207

This course addresses operations issues that contribute to how firms compete with respect to cost, quality, time and flexibility. Topics include project management, product/service and process design, process flows, quality, and supply chain management (including forecasting, inventory management, JIT, and supplier relations). Examples will be drawn from both service and manufacturing sectors.

Note: Students may substitute one of BIOL 3308, EGNE 2309, GEOG 3326, MATH 1216, PSYC 2350, or CRIM 3102 in lieu of MGSC 2207.
MGSC 4491  Small Business Consultancy  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and permission of Chairperson

This course allows students to gain hands-on business experience by working with clients of the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre. Student groups receive a project proposal outlining the requirements, information needs and services they will provide the client during the semester. Projects generally take the form of a business plan, market study, or other business-related function and often involve financial projections. Each project provides students an opportunity to use skills learned in business courses and to understand the interrelationship between marketing, accounting, finance, and management in a practical business setting. Under supervision, students prepare a professional report and final presentation that communicate the project’s results for the client. Work groups often include students from different business disciplines and are assigned based upon the needs of the project. Groups schedule their preferred meeting times but are required to meet a minimum of three hours each week. For more information, see https://www.smuec.ca/. Internship. 1 semester.

MGSC 4826  Special Topics/Seminars in Management Science  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and permission of Chairperson

This course deals with selected topics in management science. It is offered when in sufficient demand, and specific topics covered may vary depending on the interests of students and instructor.

MGSC 4876  Directed Study in MGSC  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: COMM 2293 and permission of Chairperson

Intended to supplement or provide an alternative to the regular management science courses in order to meet the special needs and interests of students, the course provides an opportunity to study a particular subject in detail and requires from the student some measure of independence and initiative.