Mastering Data Analysis in Excel

Mastering Data Analysis in Excel

Credential
Department

Pratt School of Engineering

Beginner

English

6 weeks

Variable

Overview

Mastering Data Analysis in Excel is course 2 of 5 in the Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business Specialization.

This course will prepare you to design and implement realistic predictive models based on data. In the Final Project (module 6) you will assume the role of a business data analyst for a bank, and develop two different predictive models to determine which applicants for credit cards should be accepted and which rejected. Your first model will focus on minimizing default risk, and your second on maximizing bank profits. The two models should demonstrate to you in a practical, hands-on way the idea that your choice of business metric drives your choice of an optimal model.

The focus of this course is on math – specifically, data-analysis concepts and methods – not on Excel for its own sake. We use Excel to do our calculations, and all math formulas are given as Excel Spreadsheets, but we do not attempt to cover Excel Macros, Visual Basic, Pivot Tables, or other intermediate-to-advanced Excel functionality.

All the data you need is provided within the course, all assignments are designed to be done in MS Excel, and you will learn enough Excel to complete all assignments. The course will give you enough practice with Excel to become fluent in its most commonly used business functions, and you’ll be ready to learn any other Excel functionality you might need in the future.

Instructors

Daniel Egger
Daniel Egger

Executive in Residence

Jana Schaich Borg
Jana Schaich Borg

Assistant Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute

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