Hunsinger earns QM certification for MBA course in business analytics

Scott Hunsinger, a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business, has attained the Quality Matters (QM) certification for MBA 5533* — Introduction to Business Analytics and Information Systems.

The course will introduce students to the foundations of Business Analytics and Information Systems (IS). Students will utilize spreadsheet technology to apply business analytics concepts such as extracting information from data, creating data visualizations through charts, performing data modeling with pivot tables, along with using other tools in order to solve business problems and to support managerial decisions. Students will also become familiar with the conceptual and technical foundations, components, and capabilities of IS.

Dr. Hunsinger’s course is the fifth MBA course to achieve this certification and the 14th course overall at Appalachian to do so, making the Walker College home to one third of the university's QM-certified course offerings. 

“Thank you [ Dr. Hunsinger ] for your commitment in putting forth this effort in support of our MBA program," said Walker College of Business Dean Sandra Vannoy. "We are moving closer to having a fully certified program, thanks to our faculty!” 

Related: QM course certification brings App State Online MBA goal into sharper focus

Dr. Hunsinger recognizes colleagues Greg Simmons, lead CAE consultant for the Walker College of Business, and Emory Maiden, Associate Director for Online Learning and Quality Assurance in the CAE, for their help and encouragement throughout the process.

“From all those in CAE, congratulations to Dr. Hunsinger for this substantial accomplishment, and the contribution it represents to the MBA program," said Simmons. "I have always been impressed with the efficiency and quality that are the hallmarks of Dr. Hunsinger's work, and so were the reviewers! The CAE team is also very happy to see this continuous progress toward the college's goals for the MBA program.” 

* MBA 5533 may be renumbered to MBA 5260 in Fall 2021. Please contact your advisor with questions.

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June 15, 2021
Marisa Shadrick

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Published: Jun 15, 2021 1:43pm