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Management Decision Models

WELCOME TO EMPA 541:01 Management Decision Models

The course is designed as an introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in policy analysis and management. Students are not expected to have studied statistics previously, but basic competency in mathematics and algebra is assumed. Topics introduced in this course are covered under five general sections, each receiving approximately equal treatment:

1) Summarizing, presenting and cleaning data

2) Probability

3) Sampling theory  

4) Study design 

5) Advanced data analysis.

The approach taken to these topics will be more oriented to the application in management and policy making administration than to exploration of the theoretical foundations of the field. Many managerial decisions regardless of their functional orientation are increasingly based on analysis using quantitative models from the discipline of management science. Management science tools, techniques, and concepts (e.g., data, models, and software programs) have dramatically changed the way businesses operate in manufacturing, service operations, marketing, transportation, and finance. This course introduces students to making decision-making models. Drawing knowledge from political science, public administration, management science, operations science, behavioral psychology, economics, and other social sciences. This course allows students to be able to discuss the dynamic nature of management decision models and the challenge facing decision makers.


Required in order to complete the MPA

Instructor Access

Pedagogical Approach

Pedagogical Assessment Learning Methodology Approach

The instructor will lead the students in an active online classroom-learning environment and each student is expected to follow this lead to influence other classmates in a positive manner. Individually and through teamwork, students will utilize all six levels of learning towards these pedagogical online approaches for student success:

1. Knowledge - recall and memorization.

2. Comprehension - ability to paraphrase and interpret information in one’s own words.

3. Application – use knowledge in a new situation.

4. Analysis - break down knowledge into parts and show interrelationships.

5. Synthesis - bring together parts of knowledge to form a whole.

6. Evaluation - make judgments on the basis of given criteria.

These six-learning methods will create a framework for a learning environment that integrates student experiences, current events, and the instructors’ real-world experiences.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

Summarize fundamental concepts most important for the practical analysis of management decisions and the dynamic nature of decision- making.

Predict and evaluate uncertainty explicitly.

Explain historical data and limited information effectively.

Outline spreadsheet models.

Examine allocated resources for management decisions.

Describe complex systems.

Apply tools that are required for successful management decisions

Develop an understanding of the values, principles, standards, and codes public servants use to make decisions.

Demonstrate an understanding of the essential components of decision processes.

Apply theories, tools, and techniques of decision methods.

Analyze and evaluate a decision made by individuals, groups, and/or organizations.

Identify solutions to social problems, and management decisions within public administration.

• Describe and appreciate the need for diversity and identify the ethical criteria for making decisions within public administration.

Summarize data sets.

Predict inferences about decision models and samples. 

Mapping Program Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are Directly Aligned to Program Outcomes.



Assessment Methodology (Constantly Ongoing)

Online Discussion Forum (Online Book Review ZOOM Roundtable)

Course Addendum Online Course Attendance and Course Participation Policy



Reaction Paper

LiveText Video Assessment Online Book Review ZOOM Roundtable

Other Information


In this course, you will enhance the following competencies:  

1.   How to lead and manage public organizations.  

2.   How to analyze, synthesize and think critically while solving problems and making decisions.  

3.   How to articulate and apply a public service perspective.  

4.   How to communicate and interact productively with diverse and changing workforce and citizenry. How to contribute to the policy and decision-making processes.