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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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Can I take the course for free?
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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.
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.