Analytics Models for Business Decisions

Explore the use of ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods in man­age­ment prob­lem-solv­ing, high­light­ing orga­ni­za­tion­al and con­tex­tu­al issues. Con­struct an ana­lyt­i­cal mod­el of a prob­lem that can be manip­u­lat­ed or solved to iden­ti­fy a deci­sion that yields the best out­come, accord­ing to one or more care­ful­ly defined cri­te­ria. The chal­lenges of com­mu­ni­cat­ing and imple­ment­ing results in an orga­ni­za­tion­al con­text may also be explored through mini-cas­es and illustrations.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at mid-level management who are developing and implementing new business analytics within their organization.
  • In-class, face-to-face delivery.
  • Lecture and discussion-based course with class exercises and discussions of assigned readings.
  • Participants will be able to offer reflections of their personal experiences involving different management scenarios.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the process and steps of business problem framing and distinguish characteristics of analytic targets.
  • Identify steps for creating a simple analytical model.
  • Describe considerations for communicating analytics results and cultivating buy-in.
  • Identify where and why analytics models are applied and recognize the application of analytics in various parts of the Value Chain.
  • Describe the roadmap of analytical target development and ways to prioritize analytical target opportunities.
  • Describe steps for constructing analytics models.
  • Discuss the role of the Analytics Explorer.
  • Describe steps for creating an analytics presentation.
  • Recognize a four-step framework for selling analytics.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

All reading materials will be available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.

Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

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