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Data Analytics for Decision Making: An Introduction to Using Excel

It's not enough to gather information; to stand out you must know how to use data to improve real-life decisions.

Data Analytics for Decision Making: An Introduction to Using Excel
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree

In a world of big data, industries need big thinkers to harness its potential.

More and more organisations are investing in big data. In fact, in the next two years 76 per cent of companies are planning to increase their investment in data analytics. But it is not enough to simply gather information and crunch numbers; to stand out you must know how to analyse and use data to effectively improve real-life decisions.

Data analytics is the science of analysing raw data in order to make conclusions about that information. This course, taught by Bond University’s Associate Professor of Data Analytics Dr Adrian Gepp, introduces students to the use and application of data. You will be introduced to methods used to describe data, as well as basic probability concepts needed to understand what the data means, and how it can be applied to improve business decisions. Using Microsoft Excel, you will learn practical methods to solve basic quantitative problems in business decision making.

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When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe data using statistics and graphical techniques
  • Use the concepts of probability and discrete random variables to make business decisions
  • Understand the role of ethics in data analytics
  • Apply modern quantitative tools (Microsoft Excel) to data analysis in a business context
  • Understand the changing landscape of data science in the modern business world

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone who has an interest in data analytics or data science and how it can be used to improve business decision making. The content in this course can be applied to a range of industry sectors including health, sport, marketing, finance and more.

Who will you learn with?

James Todd

James Todd

James is a PhD candidate and teacher at Bond University. His research focuses on the practical application of data science tools in healthcare systems, with several peer-reviewed publications.

Who developed the course?

Bond University

Bond University is Australia’s #1 ranked university for student experience. Join their online courses to experience learning that puts your first.

What's included?

Bond University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible