BUS 660 Full Course Discussions GCU
BUS 660 Topic 1 DQ 1
Apply a business decision model to something you do every day, such as selecting an outfit, ordering lunch, or determining your exercise routine. Be creative in your approach. How did you select the model? Include rationale with support from the readings.
BUS 660 Topic 1 DQ 2
Create a decision tree for the scenario you outlined in Topic 1 DQ 1. Attach the decision tree to your response and include insights into how you crafted it. How would you apply this decision-making experience to larger scale decisions at an organizational level?
BUS 660 Topic 2 DQ 1
Discuss the strategic importance of forecasting at your organization (or in one with which you are familiar). Provide two examples of ways that forecasting could improve organizational processes or strategic decisions. Support your rationale with evidence from the readings or external research.
BUS 660 Topic 2 DQ 2
Explain how error measures can help to optimize moving averages, weighted moving averages, and exponential smoothing methods.
BUS 660 Topic 3 DQ 1
Identify two key strategic decisions made by your current team, department, or organization. How could those decisions have been enhanced by optimization models? Support your rationale with evidence from readings or external research.
BUS 660 Topic 3 DQ 2
Find a current example of a linear optimization model used in your industry. Describe the industry’s needs, including any unique factors, how the linear optimization model was used, and the problem or challenge it addressed. Would you suggest a different model be used? Why or why not? Support your response with rationale from the assigned readings.
BUS 660 Topic 4 DQ 1
Describe workforce scheduling, blending, and logistics problems facing your current organization or industry. What is being optimized in each of your examples and why? Which linear optimization techniques could be applied to the examples you identified? Support your response with rationale from the readings.
BUS 660 Topic 4 DQ 2
Discuss how your organization could use an operations management linear programming application to solve a problem or improve a business process.
BUS 660 Topic 5 DQ 1
Models that pertain to the distribution of a resource within supply chains are often referred to as networks. Distribution among these networks is key to the success of a business while also keeping cost production at a minimum. Discuss at least three ways that linear optimization models can be applied to both physical as well as abstract network problems to increase efficiency in supply chain management.
BUS 660 Topic 5 DQ 2
Solving shortest-route problems enables a business organization to use their resources more efficiently and minimize expenditures, thereby increasing overall production and profit. Consider the business or industry in which you work. What is a process that could be improved by the application of a shortest route linear programming model? How would this model improve production, profit, and/or efficiency?
BUS 660 Topic 6 DQ 1
Create a simple 0, 1 integer model for a situation or problem you face in your life. Is there an optimal solution for your problem? What type of model would you use to create an optimal solution? Explain.
BUS 660 Topic 6 DQ 2
Think about your own retirement investment portfolio or find an example of one online. Discuss how you might use a model to create the optimum portfolio allocation for your risk level.
BUS 660 Topic 7 DQ 1
Describe a waiting line situation that you regularly face in your daily life. Explain how you would improve the structure of that system by applying waiting line analysis.
BUS 660 Topic 7 DQ 2
What are the economic costs of waiting lines? How might these costs be measured? What decision criteria can be used to justify expanding services to reduce waiting times?
BUS 660 Topic 8 DQ 1
Describe a current problem facing your department, organization, or industry that would indicate the need for a simulation model. How best would this problem be solved by simulation versus the other modeling techniques covered in the course? Support your response with rationale from the readings.
BUS 660 Topic 8 DQ 2
Consider some of the examples you have brought up in earlier discussion forums about applying models to real-world problems. Choose one of the models covered earlier in the course and describe the key differences in solving a problem with that model versus with a simulation model. In your opinion, which is more effective? How does the problem at hand determine which type of model to use?