Develop the Data Mindset and Analytical Skills to Make Informed Decisions

The online Credential of Readiness (CORe) program will prepare you to contribute to business discussions and decision-making, whether you're looking to advance your career, considering graduate school, or exploring new career paths.

Business Analytics

Business Analytics

Develop the Data Mindset and Analytical Skills to Make Informed Decisions

The online Credential of Readiness (CORe) program will prepare you to contribute to business discussions and decision-making, whether you're looking to advance your career, considering graduate school, or exploring new career paths.

What You'll Learn

  • Interpret data to inform business decisions
  • Recognize trends, detect outliers, and summarize data sets
  • Analyze relationships between variables
  • Develop and test hypotheses
  • Craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from population samples
  • Implement regression analysis and other analytical techniques in Excel

About the Professors

Janice Hammond is the Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community at Harvard Business School. She currently teaches Supply Chain Management in the MBA program and is program chair for the HBS Executive Education International Women's Foundation and Women's Leadership Programs. Her research focuses on speed and flexibility in manufacturing and logistics systems to respond to changing customer demand.

Who Will Benefit

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College Students and Recent Graduates

Prepare for your next opportunity by learning how to apply basic statistics to real business problems.

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Those Considering Graduate School

Strengthen your analytical skills before pursuing an MBA or other graduate program.

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Mid-Career
Professionals

Develop a data mindset to make more informed business decisions and advance your career.

Program Structure

Business Analytics consists of approximately 40 hours of material delivered over an eight-week period. You can complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines.

August 2020

Course Start Date: 12th August

Length: 8 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

October 2020

Course Start Date: 21st October

Length: 8 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

January 2021

Course Start Date: 20th January

Length: 8 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Syllabus

Business Analytics introduces quantitative methods used to analyze data and make better management decisions. This course is not based on rote memorization of equations or facts, but focuses on honing your understanding of key concepts, your managerial judgment, and your ability to apply course concepts to real business problems.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 5 modules by stated deadlines and earn an average quiz score of 50% or greater.

This course is also part of our three-course Credential of Readiness (CORe) program—consisting of Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting—available for $2,250.

Interested in mastering business essentials in CORe?

Note: Participants that enroll in the Economics for Managers course are not eligible to enroll in the CORe program. And if enrolling in the CORe program, participants are not eligible to enroll separately in the Economics for Managers course.

Syllabus

Business Analytics introduces quantitative methods used to analyze data and make better management decisions. This course is not based on rote memorization of equations or facts, but focuses on honing your understanding of key concepts, your managerial judgment, and your ability to apply course concepts to real business problems.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 5 modules by stated deadlines and earn an average quiz score of 50% or greater.

Modules Case Studies Takeaways Key Exercises
Module 1: Describing and Summarizing Data
  • N/A
  • Recognize trends in data and detect outliers
  • Summarize data sets concisely
  • Analyze relationships between variables
  • Create visual representations of data in Excel
  • Define and calculate descriptive statistics
  • Create scatter plots and calculate the correlation coefficient
  • Quiz
Module 2: Sampling and Estimation
  • Amazon
  • Create representative samples and draw conclusions about the larger population
  • Craft sound survey questions
  • Calculate sample statistics and apply the properties of the normal distribution
  • Calculate confidence intervals to estimate the accuracy of statistics
  • Quiz
Module 3: Hypothesis Testing
  • Amazon
  • Quantify the evidence in favor of or against your hypothesis in order to make managerial decisions
  • Develop and test hypotheses in Excel to assess the impact of changes on an entire population or estimate differences between populations
  • Interpret the results of a series of website A/B tests
  • Quiz
Module 4: Single Variable Linear Regression
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Analyze the relationship between two variables and develop forecasts for values outside the data set
  • Identify the best fit line for a data set and interpret its equation through an analysis of housing data
  • Perform a regression analysis of box office and home video sales using Excel and interpret the output
  • Quiz
Module 5: Multiple Regression
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Identify relationships among three or more variables to improve understanding of data and provide better forecasts
  • Estimate the relative predictive power of different combinations of variables by performing and interpreting a multiple variable regression analysis using Excel
  • Apply multiple regression analysis to a staffing challenge faced by a hotel
  • Expand the range of your analysis by using dummy and lagged variables
  • Quiz

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