CS50 for MBAs: Computer Science for Business Leaders - Harvard Business School MBA Program

CS50 for MBAs: Computer Science for Business Leaders

Course Number 7475

Instructor David Malan (Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science)
Spring, Q3, 1.5 credits
14 class meetings with additional required lab sessions (held on some X days of each Q3 week)

See cs50.github.io/hbs for the course's website.

All sections will attend class at X 8:30 AM — 9:50 AM in the 14 dates of Q3 in a large classroom space on campus. 

  • Section 01 will participate in their weekly required lab session from 3:35 PM — 5:30 PM
  • Section 02 will participate in their weekly required lab session from 5:35 PM — 7:-00 PM  
  • Section 03 will participate in their weekly required lab session from 5:35 PM — 7:-00 PM  

Educational Objectives

This course is a variant of Harvard College's introduction to computer science, CS50, designed especially for MBA students. Whereas CS50 itself takes a bottom-up approach, emphasizing mastery of low-level concepts and implementation details thereof, this course takes a top-down approach, emphasizing mastery of high-level concepts and design decisions related thereto. Through a mix of technical instruction, discussion of case studies, and hands-on labs, this course empowers students to make technological decisions even if not technologists themselves. Topics include cloud computing, networking, privacy, scalability, security, and more, with a particular emphasis on web and mobile technologies. Languages include Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students emerge from this course with first-hand appreciation of how it all works and all the more confident in the factors that should guide their decision-making.

Career Focus

This course is designed for students who expect to be future managers, product managers, founders, and decision-makers more generally.