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How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.
No prior experience with analytics or programming is required. This Specialization is intended for anyone with an interest in data analysis and its applications in business decision-making.
Do I have to take the courses in this Specialization in a specific order?
We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business 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 Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business Specialization?
You will be able to frame practical business questions that can be answered with data, visualize analytical insights in an informative and compelling fashion, and translate and persuasively communicate insights into actionable recommendations for decision-makers.
What software will I need to complete the assignments?
You will need access to Microsoft Excel 2007 (or a more recent version of Microsoft Excel). We will be using the free Solver plugin for optimization problems, and this functionality is not available in alternative online tools such as Google Sheets. The Specialization will also make use of freely-downloadable software packages such as Tableau.
Will I be able to succeed in this class if I have never taken a statistics, computer science, or programming class?
Yes! We will teach you all the analytical and software tools you need to succeed not only in this class, but also as a business analyst.
Will I be able to succeed in this class if I have never had a job in a business-related field?
Will I learn anything new in this class if I have a graduate degree in statistics, computer science, or math?
Yes. In fact, chances are high that you have never seen the majority of the content in this class. Applying quantitative skills to business contexts requires software, skills, and domain knowledge you are not likely to have been exposed to in graduate school.