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Skills you will gain

SimulationMathematical OptimizationSolverDecision Tree

Learner Career Outcomes

46%

started a new career after completing these courses

51%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

19%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction, Descriptive and Predictive Analytics

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 145 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
The Newsvendor Problem39m
Moving Averages41m
Trends, Seasonality47m
Week 1 Wrap-up, Apparel Industry14m
1 reading
Excel Files, Slides and Practice Problems10m
1 practice exercise
Newsvendor and Forecasting Quiz20m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Prescriptive Analytics, Low Uncertainty

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Optimizing with Solver31m
Network Optimization Example20m
(Optional) Week 2 Review20m
(Optional) Solver on Mac3m
(Optional) Solver in Google Sheets4m
1 reading
Excel Files, Slides, and Practice Problems10m
1 practice exercise
Decisions with Low Uncertainty Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Predictive Analytics, Risk

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 85 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Simulating Uncertain Outcomes in Excel24m
Interpreting and Visualizing Simulation Output31m
(Optional) Week 3 Review15m
1 reading
Excel file, Slides, Practice Problems10m
1 practice exercise
Risk and Evaluation Quiz20m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Prescriptive Analytics, High Uncertainty

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 133 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Using Simulation with Decision Trees25m
Using Optimization Together with Simulation16m
Week 4 Wrap-up15m
(Optional) Session 4 Review21m
(Optional) Advanced Session on Optimization28m
1 reading
Excel files, Slides, and Practice Problems10m
1 practice exercise
Decision Tree Analysis Quiz20m

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About the Business Analytics Specialization

This Specialization provides an introduction to big data analytics for all business professionals, including those with no prior analytics experience. You’ll learn how data analysts describe, predict, and inform business decisions in the specific areas of marketing, human resources, finance, and operations, and you’ll develop basic data literacy and an analytic mindset that will help you make strategic decisions based on data. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to interpret a real-world data set and make appropriate business strategy recommendations....
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