Course Syllabus


Prof. Dr. Y. Ilker TOPCU

Course description and goals

This course helps students to improve the quality of the decisions they make in managerial and personal decisions. The aim of this course is to provide students practical techniques and decision support tools those help them to think clearly about objectives, attributes, alternatives, consequences, and enable them to integrate judgments with other types of information in a logical and defensible manner. As a consequence it is planned to improve students' decision making skills, their ability to analyze problems systematically, and their confidence in their own decision making. 

Course requirements

Term project will be done in small groups of max. three students. See term project page for details of projects.


Term Project (40%), Midterm Exam (20%), and Final Exam (40%)

Cheating and plagiarism

Do not. Studying together to understand the material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your own. No cheating will be tolerated: A letter grade of F will be given!  


Taylor B.W. 2019. Introduction to Management Science. 13th edition, Pearson Education Inc., New Jersey.

Render B., Stair Jr R.M., and Hanna M.E. 2018. Quantitative Analysis for Management. 13th edition, Pearson Education Inc., New Jersey.

Balakrishnan N., Render B., Stair R.M. Jr. 2017. Managerial Decision Modeling with Spreadsheets. 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Goodwin P. and Wright G. 2014. Decision Analysis for Management Judgment. 5th edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Saaty T.L. and Vargas L.G. 2013. Decision Making with the Analytic Network Process. 2nd edition, Springer, New York.

Saaty T.L. 2005. Theory and Applications of the Analytic Network Process. RWS Publ., Pittsburgh.

Parnell G.S., Bresnick T.A., Tani S.N., and Johnson E.R. 2013. Handbook of Decision Analysis. Wiley, New Jersey.

Kahneman D. 2013. Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.

Krogerus M. and Tschappeler R. 2012. The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking. W. W. Norton & Co., London.

Ishizaka A. and Nemery P. 2013. Multi-criteria Decision Analysis: Methods and Software. Wiley, West Sussex. 

Bazerman M.H. and Moore D.A. 2012. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. 8th edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Saaty T.L. 2012. Decision Making for Leaders: The Analytic Hierarchy Process for Decisions in a Complex World. 3rd edition, RWS Publ., Pittsburgh.

Koksalan M., Wallenius J., and Zionts S. 2011. Multiple Criteria Decision Making: From Early History to the 21st Century. World Scientific Publishing Company, New Jersey.

Keeney R.L. 2009. Value Focused Thinking: A Path to Creative Decision Making. Harvard University Press, London.