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For my third course, I am taking DTSC 560 Data Science for Business. It’s the third course on utilizing the programming language R with Excel added on.

✍🏿 Here’s a description of the course:

  • This course explores the various ways data and science can be applied to business contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on decision using data to make informed business decisions.

  • This course will actually have 5 homework assignments, 5 quizzes, and 2 exams.

  • In this course, you should have some previous experience with both Excel and R, enough to conduct basic-to-intermediate analyses. This course does not include an introduction to using Excel or R - we will immediately use both applications for specific analyses and it will be difficult to follow along or succeed in the course without some familiarity with both

  • The book we are using is Camm, J.D., Cochran, J.J., Fry, M.J., & Ohlmann, J.W., (2021). Business Analytics, 4th Edition. Cengage. and located here.

  • The course uses R and Excel.

💡 Learning Objectives

  • Define and apply the concept of the time value of money
  • Use Excel to calculate Present and Future Value
  • Set up a spreadsheet model in Excel
  • Use a spreadsheet model to answer business questions

💪🏿 This is what I accomplished my first week in the DTSC 560 course:

📺 Videos Watched (each video has a 1 question quiz at the end)::

  • Introduction to Spreadsheet Models
  • Present and Future Value Over a Single Period
  • Compounding or Discounting Over Multiple Periods
  • Present and Future Value of Accumulated Regular Payments
  • Functions in Excel
  • Setting Up a Mortgage Spreadsheet Model
  • Answering Questions with a Mortgage Spreadsheet Model
  • Setting Up an Investment Model in Excel

🧪 Homework

  • I used excel to calculate the Time Value of Money and create a Mortgage Spreadsheet Model. I used the excel spreadsheet to take the quiz. I built my own spreadsheet model and used it to answer the quiz.

💯 Quiz

  • In this class, you are only given 3 chances to take the quiz and get it right. A few fill in the blank questions, multiple choice, and more than one answer questions.
  • I only have 3 attempts for each quiz and exam. I took the exam 3 times. Final score was 93.33% where I missed one question about future value. You have until the end of the semester to take all your exams.
  • I was given a data analysis task to complete using the approach outlined in each module, whether in Excel or R. I completed the task and used the results to answer the questions in the associated quiz.

🔥 Summary

  • An easy week with just watching videos and a short assignment with a quiz.


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Elyse Y. Robinson Elyse Y. Robinson is the Founder of Switch Into Tech where she does monthly seminars, posts weekly freebies to help you switch into tech, Writer of Nube: Switch Into A Cloud Career, podcaster for Nobody Wants To Work Tho, creator of FullTuitionScholarships.org to help you not go into college debt, and in school for Data Science. Elyse is in love with Mexico, researching any and everything, and helping people switch into tech.