Business Simulation and Modeling – BMIS 603

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

This course introduces students to the concepts of business process improvement and principles of lean thinking. This course will address the historical reasons behind the structure of organizations. Students will learn to analyze and re-conceptualize the organization in terms of business processes and how to use that knowledge to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


It is a belief that by looking at business processes that cut across functional areas, future IS managers will be able to understand the organization, its customers, suppliers, and partners as a progression of related and integrated complex systems. An example is the processes that span multiple organizations, especially the processes that are associated with the supply chain management. The business process approach permits the study of individual processes within the organization to determine the degree to which they add value to the firm. In so doing, the student learns about how the various portions of the firm (and its outsourcers and contractors) are interconnected with one another. (ACM, MSIS – 2006)

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relevance of course material and the use of technology to a biblical worldview.
  2. Differentiate organizational structure effectiveness and efficiency.
  3. Evaluate simulation and modeling processes as they apply to business.
  4. Formulate relevant business simulation models.
  5. Construct an appropriate modeling system to solve existing business problems.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum.

BPMN Projects

The student will submit BPMN projects for a real-world business process, utilizing the ARIS Express software.

Simulation Reflection Paper

The student will complete a BPM simulation game. At the completion of the simulation, the student will write a reflection paper on the learning experience.

Capstone Proposals

The student will submit their captones project proposals. This will include developing a feasible problem statement, research question, review of related literature, and comparison of apporiate methods to carry out the research.