Business Data Science Courses

BDS1100 Storytelling with Data 

3 Credits

Students are introduced to building and presenting compelling narratives and stories with data for multiple audiences through case studies, examples, and data visualization tool kits. The life cycle of a data science project is presented. Various strategies and techniques for building visual analytics and stories are utilized for the purposes of enhanced social impact and decision-making.

BDS2240 Programming for Computer Science and Data Science 

3 Credits

Students are provided with the skills to use Python programming for computer science and data science projects. Fundamental programming skills are emphasized. Python is utilized to manipulate data in data science practice and applications.

Prerequisite: BDS1100 Storytelling with Data

BDS2260 Machine Learning

3 Credits

The theory and applications of machine learning concepts and algorithms are introduced. Key topics in machine learning, including supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms, are covered. Additional topics include linear models for regression and classification, decision trees, support vector machines and kernel methods, ensemble methods, and dimension reduction. The machine learning algorithms are applied to solve problems with real data.

Prerequisite: BDS2240 Programming for Computer Science and Data Science

BDS3360 SQL and Managing Data

3 Credits

This course is designed to help students develop proficiency in database design and gain knowledge of SQL programming. Additionally, students will be introduced to NoSQL database systems optimized for big data analytics. This course will demonstrate how a relational database coupled with efficient programming can help data scientists to effectively manage data and deliver accurate and reliable results

Prerequisite: BDS2240 Programming for Computer Science and Data Science

BDS4410 Data Security and Privacy

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the concepts, tools, trends, and technologies for data and application security. The focus will be on examining data and information security methodologies for the control, protection, and access as well as the preservation of the integrity of the data. Topics covered will include secure databases and distributed systems, privacy, confidentiality, and trust management, and cybersecurity

Prerequisite: BDS3360 SQL and Managing Data

BDS4483 Data Science Internship

3 Credits

Allows students to work in a position related to Data Science. The internship experience is about exploring and understanding data science needs and practices within a real-life organizational context. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and reflect on it in focused reflective online discussions/projects.

Prerequisite: Department permission 


BDS2210 Artificial Intelligence

3 Credits

Basic concepts, techniques, and a variety of applications of artificial intelligence are introduced. The processes and limits of human decision-making and learning in combination with AI systems are presented. This course includes hands-on exercises. Teams of students create an AI based application for the final project.

Prerequisite: BDS1100 Storytelling with Data

ITM3330 Object-Oriented Programming

3 Credits

Provides an introduction to the principles of computer programming using a current programming language such as Visual Basic, NET, C++, or Java. This course is a beginning programming course and focuses on basic principles of object-oriented design


BDS4440 Advanced Programming for AI and Big Data

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with advanced machine learning and Python programming skills to learn today’s most compelling leading-edge computing technologies including AI, big data and cloud case studies on natural language processing, IBM Watson cognitive computing, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, Hadoop, Spark and the internet of things.

Prerequisites: BDS2240 Programming for Computer Science and Data Science, and, BDS2260 Machine Learning

BDS4450 Applied Deep Learning and Chatbots

3 Credits

Chatbots have come and transformed the way we have been conducting online business. At this time, this course aims to introduce students to the concepts and applications of deep learning and theories behind AI-powered Chatbots and introduce them to the tool kits for building and implementing Chatbots. 

Prerequisite: BDS2241 Artificial Intelligence 


BUS2210 Business Intelligence and Analytics

3 Credits

Introduces students to the fast-growing field of business intelligence and analytics. The course provides students with a general understanding of quantitative methods, analytical software, and data analysis to help them comprehend and analyze contemporary business issues and problems. The emphasis is placed on critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills.

ITM2260 IT Project Management

3 Credits

IT projects face unique challenges for all project team members, and most of all, for the project manager. This course is designed along the IT project management lifecycle. Topics entail the basic concepts of IT project management, including initiating, planning, controlling, executing, and closing projects. The course also shows students how IT projects should be managed, from inception to post-implementation review. Students will use Microsoft Project software.

ITM3313 Cloud Computing 

3 Credits

Introduces the underlying concepts of cloud models, virtualization, infrastructure, security, resource management, and business continuity. Emphasizes terminology and technologies in cloud environments and provides a general overview of the field of cloud computing in business and technology.

Prerequisite: ITM2210 or ITM2211

BUS4420 Data Mining for Business Analytics

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles and techniques of data mining for business analytics. Case studies will be utilized to place data mining techniques into context and to develop data-analytic thinking. Emphasis will be placed on real-world applications to illustrate that proper allocation of data mining is an art as well as a science. Analytics/data mining software will be utilized.

Prerequisites: BUS2210 or MAT2215