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The ability to understand and apply Business Statistics is becoming increasingly important in the industry. A good understanding of Business Statistics is a requirement to make correct and relevant interpretations of data. Lack of knowledge could lead to erroneous decisions which could potentially have negative consequences for a firm. This course is designed to introduce you to Business Statistics. We begin with the notion of descriptive statistics, which is summarizing data using a few numbers. Different categories of descriptive measures are introduced and discussed along with the Excel functions to calculate them. The notion of probability or uncertainty is introduced along with the concept of a sample and population data using relevant business examples. This leads us to various statistical distributions along with their Excel functions which are then used to model or approximate business processes. You get to apply these descriptive measures of data and various statistical distributions using easy-to-follow Excel based examples which are demonstrated throughout the course.
To successfully complete course assignments, students must have access to Microsoft Excel.
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WEEK 1
Module 1: Basic Data Descriptors
In this module you will get to understand, calculate and interpret various descriptive or summary measures of data. These descriptive measures summarize and present data using a few numbers. Appropriate Excel functions to do these calculations are introduced and demonstrated.
Topics covered include:
• Categories of descriptive data
• Measures of central tendency, the mean, median, mode, and their interpretations and calculations
• Measures of spread-in-data, the range, interquartile-range, standard deviation and variance
• Box plots
• Interpreting the standard deviation measure using the rule-of-thumb and Chebyshev’s theorem
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WEEK 2
Module 2: Descriptive Measures of Association, Probability, and Statistical Distributions
This module presents the covariance and correlation measures and their respective Excel functions. You get to understand the notion of causation versus correlation. The module then introduces the notion of probability and random variables and starts introducing statistical distributions.
Topics covered include:
• Measures of association, the covariance and correlation measures; causation versus correlation
• Probability and random variables; discrete versus continuous data
• Introduction to statistical distributions
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WEEK 3
Module 3: The Normal Distribution
This module introduces the Normal distribution and the Excel function to calculate probabilities and various outcomes from the distribution.
Topics covered include:
• Probability density function and area under the curve as a measure of probability
• The Normal distribution (bell curve), NORM.DIST, NORM.INV functions in Excel
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WEEK 4
Module 4: Working with Distributions, Normal, Binomial, Poisson
In this module, you'll see various applications of the Normal distribution. You will also get introduced to the Binomial and Poisson distributions. The Central Limit Theorem is introduced and explained in the context of understanding sample data versus population data and the link between the two.
Topics covered include:
• Various applications of the Normal distribution
• The Binomial and Poisson distributions
• Sample versus population data; the Central Limit Theorem...

Aug 23, 2017

The course has been designed in a manner to give maximum understanding of the concept. The Quizzes are really grilling. and helps you strengthen the knowledge gained from the lecture videos.

May 05, 2019

A rewarding experience because I have been able to learn very valuable information. It is an excellent course. It has helped me in the personal and professional field. Thank you.

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創建者 Lin Y

•Jul 26, 2019

A truly fascinating course. Keep in mind, this is an introductory course, and it is very useful for either refreshing your memory, or teach something useful and practical.

創建者 Mitthi J S

•Aug 06, 2019

The course was very well structured. It helped a lot in understanding the basics of all the distribution and using them efficiently in excel!

創建者 Jean-Philippe M

•Aug 02, 2019

Wish had more exercises but this was an excellent course. Teacher is excellent

創建者 Kalaiselvan P

•Jul 21, 2019

Excellent Content, takes me back to the college days

創建者 Lalit G

•Aug 02, 2019

Very useful concepts in statistical distributions.

創建者 Valeria R

•Nov 13, 2017

As a beginner, I found the course to be extremely useful and very clear. The professor guides you through each step in all his lessons, in a way that makes the course accessible even to a complete beginner. Although the lessons are relatively short, you are given the opportunity to learn a whole set of new skills, that can be surely useful across different jobs.

Only negative point: I would have liked more tests and exercises!

創建者 Susannah

•Jun 16, 2020

I took this as part of the specialization, so this review applies to the whole 5-course specialization. The files and PowerPoint slides were well-done; for example, unlike some other Excel courses I've taken on Coursera, the PowerPoint slides are explanatory and clear, the text is big enough to be able to take screenshots of for note-taking purposes, and the quiz and test questions are clearly worded. Sharad also is a very good lecturer- engaging and doesn't rush through things; rather, he reminds you of things throughout the course, rather than just mentioning them once and then never explaining it again and assuming you remember it.

創建者 Hatem A

•Dec 13, 2019

Excellent Course that simplifies the explanation of statistical concepts such as probability distribution for continuous and discrete variables and their business applications in the real world. The course is very well designed, well explained, and avoids theoretical details to the benefit of the focus on the statistical business application. Excel is a spreadsheeting tool that is readily available in (almost) all business environments and many people can leverage their investment on it by learning how to do statistical analysis using it before going to more sophisticated techniques after.

創建者 Abhishek M

•Dec 10, 2019

Truly wonderful course. The explanation of complex terms was done extremely meaningfully, in clear and simple to understand terms, many real world and practical examples were provided to drive the concepts home, and the exercises were challenging. Care was taken to not let the subject matter become too complex or abstract. I absolutely loved the little recaps and the sharing of handy tips and commands on Excel for immediate practical exploration.

Prof Borle's voice was crisp, loud and easy to follow, which to me was crucial.

All in all, an exceptional experience of learning. Thank you!

創建者 Joshua P

•Dec 07, 2017

I enjoyed this course very much. It covered a lot of useful topics to help you understand and apply statistical analysis methods. Professor Borle obviously put a lot of thought into the planning of this course, as the order of topics presented built on prior knowledge, and as usual were presented in a very clear and concise way. I would have liked additional depth and practice on the discreet distributions presented near the end of this course, but that is something I can do on my own time as well. I can't wait to start the next course in this specialization!

創建者 Roni F

•May 03, 2018

Truly a great course. Explains things slowly and clearly, provides practice problems to practice what you learn in the videos, and when you don't get or understand a question on the quiz the forum is helpful to help you UNDERSTAND an issue you're having.

The only thing I would tweak is not telling what function to use in the questions - instead, putting it in a helpful note if the student chooses to use it. What I've been doing, since I want to see if I understand when to use what function, is try and skip over them.

Fantastic course.

創建者 Karen S Z

•Jul 21, 2018

The instructor is very good. While he has an accent, he isn't hard to understand (and you can rewind if you do miss something :)) This course went step-by-step and explained everything clearly, with examples. The final quiz was just hard enough to know that you understood the material, but not so hard that you couldn't complete it. There were a couple of questions I had trouble with and I went out on the discussion forum to get help on them. (All of them were already out there so lots of people had trouble with them!)

創建者 Akshay H

•May 02, 2017

Any one looking for quick refresher course in Business Statics this is the specialization to enroll.

Prof/Instructor Sharad has explain the concept in crisp & precise manner & hands on practice in excel is big plus..!!

For any one who wants to learn business statistics ,I kindly urge you enroll this course/specialization so you have basic overview of all topics in business statistics & later read text book Business Statistics by Ken black for through understanding of all topics.

創建者 ARVIND K S

•Mar 14, 2019

One of the best courses It has been my pleasure to complete! And by pleasure, I mean I really enjoyed the learning process. Nicely articulated through video lectures and handouts (for future reference), this course makes seemingly abstract concepts very clear and easy to comprehend. Lays the groundwork for hitherto unthinkable applications in a vast array of business scenarios. The quizzes reinforce the learning through videos.

創建者 Keli J

•Jan 07, 2018

This is a very practical course for those with limited or no knowledge of business statistics, full of real-world applications and opportunities to practice. As a communicator who does not have much of a business or statistical background, I've found this course to provide an excellent foundation and understand of such important business processes.

創建者 Connie W

•Apr 16, 2020

I really like how the professor structures the class and videos. The videos are all very concise yet full of useful information, and the explanations are always clear and easy to follow. The examples used in videos are well selected and extremely helpful to understand how statistical concepts can be applied to solving real life problems.

創建者 Sabarish V

•Dec 29, 2018

The course content was concise enough to breeze through it in under a dozen hours (for an engineer). The assignments and practice quizzes were very helpful. I was a bit disappointed that the content was very basic, but then again, this was not advertised as an advanced course.

創建者 SAKSHI C

•Jun 22, 2017

Excellent course, which is very well developed by Prof. Sharad. It is must for those who wish to understand the applicability of Probability concept in business decision making. On my part, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging Quizzes, and at the end it was worth it!

創建者 Leonel G

•Apr 26, 2020

This course is very good. I have taken several courses on statistics, and this one is the first one (along with the following three courses in the specialization)0 that gives me real-life scenarios and knowledge I can use in my work; strongly recommended.

創建者 Scott L

•Jun 25, 2018

I enjoyed this course. It was a good introduction to each concept with enough practice to help learn. Would need to be supplemented with more real world practice before i would feel comfortable using at work. Specifically, understanding random sampling.

創建者 Sean E B

•Oct 29, 2017

The mathematical formulas can be a little confusing if you're not familiar with statistical math, but this is not the fault of the lecturer obviously.

Overall, a nicely explained and set out course. Really helpful and understandable for beginners.

創建者 Yury V

•Aug 13, 2017

This is an amazing course, very useful to those who works with large massive of data everyday. Materials offered in this course are very useful to analyze business processes. I would highly recommend this course to my colleagues and friends.

創建者 Rebecca L

•Apr 09, 2017

The instructor's approach to presenting the basics of statistics as well as the application of excel functions is by far the best I've experienced in statistics courses. This is a refresher for me, and, I'm really enjoying it!

創建者 jorge l

•Jun 04, 2018

It was great. Test was a little bit difficult for me, however after revising and studying again the lessons I was finally able to pas it, most important thing was not to pass the test but to understand the material better.

創建者 Alex M

•Mar 02, 2018

I liked how straightforward it was. Straight into the materials and their explanations, with examples, well explained, and all in very well paced videos. The mini-quizzes at the end of each lesson were also a major help.