The Advanced Business Analytics Specialization brings together academic professionals and experienced practitioners to share real world data analytics skills you can use to grow your business, increase profits, and create maximum value for your shareholders. Learners gain practical skills in extracting and manipulating data using SQL code, executing statistical methods for descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis, and effectively interpreting and presenting analytic results.
The problems faced by decision makers in today’s competitive business environment are complex. Achieve a clear competitive advantage by using data to explain the performance of a business, evaluate different courses of action, and employ a structured approach to business problem-solving.
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Throughout the specialization, you will apply the skills you learn to business problems and data sets. You will have opportunities to build conceptual models of business and simple database models, practice data extraction using SQL, apply predictive and prescriptive analytics to business problems, develop models for decision making, interpret the software output, and finally present results and share findings. We will use basic Excel and the software tool Analytic Solver Platform (ASP), which is a plug-in for Excel. Learners participating in assignments will be able to get free access to the software.
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in four to five months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Ideally, your background would include some basics of data manipulation, statistics, and models for decision making. Learners must have working knowledge of Excel and some basic understanding of high-level programming instructions. This is not a computer science specialization but students will be learning some basic commands in SQL.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Although the four courses in the specialization can be taken separately, they are deeply integrated around their lessons. We recommend taking them in the order that they are offered.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
At the end of this specialization, you will be able to:
Apply data analytics to business problems. This involves the entire business analytics process, from data capturing, extraction, analysis, modeling, and presentation of findings.
Extract and manipulate data stored in large databases using SQL.
Identify and apply statistical models that are commonly used to implement descriptive analytics.
Apply predictive analytics tools to data sets and interpret results. In particular, you will be able to use Excel-based tools to construct models based on regression, simulation, and data mining.
Apply prescriptive analytics tools to data sets and interpret results. In particular, you will be able to use Excel-based tools to construct models pertaining to linear programming, integer programming, and simulation-optimization methods.