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Business Analytics


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

BANA 130

Essential Business Computing

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) MATH-099 or equivalent

This course is an introduction to Business Computations. It covers computational tools commonly used in business analysis. The main topics covered include fractions, decimals and percentage calculations applied to business functional uses like P&L tables, operating calculations as well as Financial ratios, Bank and Payroll service calculations, invoices, discounts and markups, simple and compound interest, loans, annuities stocks and bonds, depreciations and basic applications of statistics to business.

BANA 250

Excel for Business

1 credit hour

Introduction to the main spreadsheet application in Microsoft Office. The use of Excel's basic and advanced features to achieve business objectives will be discussed, demonstrated, and applied. Students will learn worksheet skills that will satisfy upper level business course prerequisites and assist in solving business problems.

BANA 251

Software for Business Analytics

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) MATH-099 or placement into MATH-131

This course is an introductory course in software and methods for business analysis. The course focuses on the primary business spreadsheet tool (Excel) to provide students sufficient mastery to begin work in industry. Further, students will learn the basics of databases through practice in Microsoft Access. The focus in the course will be on the use of the various software tools and how they can be used to answer business questions. Students will also practice effective written communication of technical information. Diligent students will be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams certifying knowledge of Excel.

BANA 320

Service Operations Management

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) MATH-131 MATH-135

This case course explores the dimensions of successful service firms. It prepares students for enlightened management and suggests creative entrepreneurial opportunities. Outstanding service organizations are managed differently than their "merely good" competitors. Actions are based on totally different assumptions about the way success is achieved. The results show not only in terms of conventional measures of performance but also in the enthusiasm of the employees and quality of customer satisfaction. Beginning with the service encounter, service managers must blend marketing, technology, people, and information to achieve a distinctive competitive advantage.

BANA 350

Business Analytics

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) MATH-099 or placement into MATH-131, BANA-250, or BANA-251

The course is an introduction to Business Analytics. It covers managerial statistical tools in descriptive analytics and predictive analytics, including regression. Other topics covered include forecasting, risk analysis, simulation and data mining, and decision analysis. This course provides students with the fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the emerging role of business analytics in organizations and shows students how to apply basic business analytics tools in a spreadsheet environment, and how to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytic models and results for making better business decisions. Emphasis is placed on applications, concepts and interpretation of results, rather than theory and calculation. Students use computer software packages for data analysis.

BANA 351

Introduction to Project Management

3 credit hours

Project management is designed to prepare new or aspiring project managers to oversee complex projects from the initial planning stages while balancing competing demands of time, cost and quality. The course will focus on industry-standard processes approved to help successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Students will practice these concepts in a project-based team environment using MS Project. We will discuss project feasibility, justification, and scheduling using work breakdown structures (WBS), Critical Path Methods and PERT, project budgeting/costing and performance evaluation.