Course Materials

OSU Faculty Textbooks and Publications
Here we provide you a list of faculty designated or authored textbooks for OSU classroom demonstration and academic communication
  • Data Literacy and Data Visualization
    • Course Description: Many, if not most, of the major debates in modern political science revolve around questions that can be addressed with data. The sources of voting behavior, the correlates of war, the determinants of development, political economy, psychology, institutions, and conflict—all are issues that are amenable to data-based analysis. At the same time, the amount of available data and the number of publicly-available open-source tools for cleaning, transforming, analyzing and visualizing it have increased exponentially since the turn of the millennium. With a few clicks students can compare word frequencies in books over time or construct elaborate size-weighted wordclouds—tasks that would have taken scholars weeks if not months of effort in the past. This course introduces students to those tools and the principles behind their use in the context of applications in political science. It marries the substance of political theory to the methodologies of data visualization and exploratory data analysis. It neither requires nor imparts any statistical background: it is designed to serve either as a standalone course or as a gateway to a more advanced data-analytics class.
  • EXCEL Basics to Blackbelt 2rd Edition by Elliot Bendoly
    • Book Description: The This second edition of Excel Basics to Blackbelt capitalizes on the success of the first edition and leverages some of the advancements in visualization, data analysis, and sharing capabilities that have emerged over the past five years. As with the original text, the second edition is intended to serve as an accelerated guide to decision support designs for consultants and service professionals. This "fast track" enables a ramping up of skills in Excel for those who may have never used it to reach a level of mastery that will allow them to integrate Excel with widely available associated applications, make use of intelligent data visualization and analysis techniques, automate activity through basic VBA designs, and develop easy-to-use interfaces for customizing use. In other words, this book provides users with lessons and examples on integrative Excel use that are not available from alternative texts.
    • About the Author: Dr. Bendoly is a full professor of Management Sciences at the Fisher College of Business, at the Ohio State University. He holds a PhD from Indiana University in the fields of Operations Management and Decision Sciences, with an Information Systems specialization in ERP and Knowledge Management. He has served as an instructor and developer of SAP implementation and ABAP/4 programming curriculum. More recently he has been involved with coursework on IT-supported service operations and DSS development for managers. The professor currently serves as a Senior Editor at the Production and Operations Management journal (Behavioral Operations and Management of Technology departments) and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management (Business Week and Financial Times listed journals). His own publications in POM and JOM, combined with his works in such widely respected outlets at Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly and Journal of Applied Psychology,alone represent no less than 20 published academic articles. He has authored no less than an additional 30 articles in outlets including the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Decision Sciences, EJOR, IJOPM and Decision Support Systems
  • Developing Spatial Thinking Workbook
    • Book Description: The student workbook is designed to help reinforce the key skills developed in each module. This resource includes ample opportunities to practice orthographic and isometric projection, rotation, reflections and symmetry, surfaces and solids of revolution, and combining solids.
    • About the Author: Sheryl A. Sorby is a professor of engineering education at The Ohio State University. She previously served as associate dean for academic programs and department chair of engineering fundamentals at Michigan Technological University. Professor Sorby received the Sharon Keillor award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), recognizing outstanding women engineering faculty. She was also the recipient of the Betty Vetter research award through the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN), for her work in improving the success of women engineering students through the development of a spatial skills course. She has received the Engineering Design Graphics Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award from ASEE as well, and she serves the organization as associate editor of advances in engineering education.
  • The Librarian as Information Consultant: Transforming Reference for the Information Age
    • Book Description: Library users’ evolving information needs and their choice of search methods have changed reference work profoundly. Today’s reference librarian must work in a whole new way—not only service-focused and businesslike, but even entrepreneurial. Murphy innovatively rethinks the philosophy behind current library reference services in this thought-provoking book, which 
      • Rebrands reference librarianship on the model of a consulting business, providing a renewed vision of the reference desk by treating patrons as clients
      • Spells out the importance of the patron’s voice, and details methods for building and maintaining relationships with patrons
      • Identifies the reference librarian’s competitive advantage over Web search engines and shows how to capitalize on it
      Murphy adapts existing business practices and programs to the context of the library, allowing frontline staff and administrators in any type of reference department to monitor and continuously improve their library’s services.
    • About the Author: Sarah Anne Murphy has held numerous positions at Ohio State University since 1999. She is currently coordinator of research and reference for the OSU Libraries. Murphy earned a master of business of administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2008 and her master of library science from Kent State University in 2000. She has published papers on Lean Six Sigma, mentoring, and issues related to veterinary medicine libraries in College and Research Libraries, the Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association.