There are no prerequisites for this course.
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Organizations need to make business decisions more quickly and accurately than ever before. Basing these decisions on data and best practice analysis techniques and less on gut feel or "the way we have always done things" is how today's corporate management is demanding information. A solid foundation of data analysis for business decision making is a critical skill you should have regardless of whether your motive is to obtain or sustain a competitive advantage or simply better steward your resources to serve customers. In this course, you will learn to use data analytics to create actionable recommendations, as well as identify and manage opportunities where data-based decisions can be used to change the way you do business.
This course provides many of the common data analysis tools used to gather, analyze, and adapt your data to feed business decisions. You do not need heavy Excel or data analysis experience. This course includes introductory exercises on Excel add-ins, standard deviation, random sampling, and an introduction to pivot tables and charts. These exercises will show you how to effectively demonstrate basic data analysis functions and reporting in Excel or Google Spreadsheets. We will simplify math jargon and complex symbols and equations to concentrate on what your data can tell you and your organization. In addition, you will learn how to present to those executives, managers and subject matter experts who need to quickly make decisions that drive your organization.
Anyone involved in operations, project management, business analysis, or management, who needs an introduction to data analysis.
1. Introduction to Data Analysis and Analytics
2. Application of Probability and Probability Distributions
3. Introduction to Data Mining and Data Warehousing
4. Describing Information Needs
5. Data Exploration Concepts and Formulas
6. Introduction to Risk Management
9. Additional Resources and Exercises