Introduction to Analytics

Organizations representing virtually every industry are now inundated with a surplus of data, which promise to describe, predict, and prescribe solutions--but only if understood and leveraged correctly. This course helps leaders break data out of its silo and seamlessly integrate it across their business decisions. Through in-class exercises and interactive discussions, you will learn the foundational theories and tactics that are immediately applicable to your own organization. You'll emerge a data champion who prioritizes data analysis as the first step.

Short Course

Introduction to Analytics

Approaches, Tools, and Organizational Impact

Overview

Organizations representing virtually every industry are now inundated with a surplus of data, which promise to describe, predict, and prescribe solutions--but only if understood and leveraged correctly. This course helps leaders break data out of its silo and seamlessly integrate it across their business decisions. Through in-class exercises and interactive discussions, you will learn the foundational theories and tactics that are immediately applicable to your own organization. You'll emerge a data champion who prioritizes data analysis as the first step.

Current Offerings

Start

Jan 23, 2023

End

Jan 26, 2023

Schedule

January 23-26, 2023: 10:00-11:30am, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern

Location

Live Remote

Fee

Start

Mar 28, 2023

End

Mar 30, 2023

Schedule

March 28-30, 2023: 10:00-11:30am, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern

Location

Live Remote

Fee

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for consultants, managers, and leaders from all sectors who seek to make analytics-driven business decisions.

Learning Objectives

Improve your ability to:

  • Consider various data management strategies and select the most appropriate methodology
  • Communicate more effectively with data analysts in your organization by sharing an understanding of foundational principles and terminology
  • Quantify and communicate the value of data and the technical experts on your team
  • Effectively leverage technical experts by guiding them to compile data specific to business decisions
image of quotation marks

Outstanding instructors! Made all aspects of their topic clear, understandable, and relevant.

Student,
Introduction to Analytics live remote course

What You Will Learn

In this ‘how to’ course, Penn State faculty introduce successfully building, implementing, and managing analytics at every organizational level. By balancing theories and techniques, this course offers a strategic-yet-tactical foundation for business decision-making. An overview of data generation, storage, and visualizations will help you recognize, capture, and manage the data that already exists in your organization.

Step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on case studies illustrate how to integrate analytics into your own strategy and operations. The course culminates in an in-depth exercise that prompts you to immediately apply analytical principles, supported by Penn State professors every step of the way.

Demystifying data

  • Understanding how analytics drives business decisions
  • Harnessing and visualizing data for specific goals
  • Commonly used analytics tools and techniques

Analyzing challenges and opportunities

  • In-depth exploration of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics
  • Optimization model components and processes
  • Linear regression analysis for predictive forecasting

Managing and processing data

  • Foundational techniques, including pivot tables and outlier detection
  • Data cleansing and segmentation methods
  • Tracking performance with statistics process control

Decision-making through data analytics

  • Applying analytics for heuristic and optimized solutions
  • Decision problem formulations and solutions, with certain and uncertain information
  • Optimization techniques applied to common challenges across industries

Value For You and Your Organization

With the rise of big data comes a surplus of scattered metrics, causing organizations to make decisions based on business-as-usual intuition or past experience. Data analysis breaks the cycle by offering an evidence-based, strategic way forward , translating data into actionaable intelligence.

This course reveal methods of understanding and manipulating data without excessive technological investments. Penn State faculty will provide foundational terminology and basic statistical techniques using Microsoft Excel and Power Bi. After completing the course, you will better qualify data sources, execute basic analysis, and identify result-oriented business solutions.

The Penn State Difference

Efficiently expand your skillset through focused courses tailored to future-oriented professionals.

Extended Learning

Accelerate learning before the course begins by accessing suggested pre-program readings and assignments through your personal learning portal. Continue to master the content after the program by downloading course decks, class recordings, and in-depth exercises.

Practical Lessons

The course illustrates core principles through relevant real-world case studies. You'll explore how organizations from various sectors, sizes, and locations overcome complex business challenges. An emphasis on step-by-step solutions will help you apply the lessons to your own organization.

Expert-led

Learn from Penn State's award-winning faculty, who have years of experience applying academic mastery to global organizations. Professors craft each course by distilling cutting-edge research into an accessible, applicable format. Questions and participation are always encouraged so that you fully leverage their expertise.

Peer Networking

Your classmates will come from all industries, organizational types, and locations, revealing to new perspectives and approaches. Group-based exercises and interactive breakout rooms encourage participants to learn from one another and network across sectors.

Faculty

Expert faculty, with extensive academic and industry leadership experience, are committed to sharing unique insights into your organization.

Customize This Program

All programs can be tailored to your organization and delivered to groups of 10 or more. Contact us about custom program possibilities. View Details Request Info 800-311-6364

Additional Details

Our Learning Solutions Associate will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online. To reserve your spot, click the ‘Save my Seat’ button next the program’s offering, listed above.

Discount Rates

  • 20%: In-Person delivery, or Live Remote delivery with 20+ participants on same invoice (Contact us to register your group)
  • 10%: Live Remote delivery

Eligibility

Tuition discounts are available for:

  • DoD or government employees
  • Penn State alumni
  • Individuals who commit to earning a Professional Certificate
  • Teams of three or more attending from the same organization
  • CSCR Corporate Sponsors and other affiliated groups (with valid discount code)

After registration, you will receive access to your personal learning portal. There you can find the following information:

  • Pre-program assignments, which prepare you for the program before the start date
  • A list of program faculty and fellow registered participants
  • Travel coordination and support, if applicable

Transfers

If an accepted Penn State Executive Programs applicant finds it necessary to transfer to another session of the same program, one transfer will be allowed with no charge if arranged more than six (6) weeks prior. Additional transfers, transfers to a different program, or transfers arranged less than six (6) weeks prior incur a charge of 10% of the current program fee.

The sponsoring company may identify a replacement candidate, but the replacement candidate must be accepted for the program through an admissions review.

Refunds

The following refunds will apply for withdraws if Penn State Executive Programs is notified in writing within the time period stated:

  • Full refund with notification received more than six (6) weeks prior to start of the program
  • 50% refund with notification received between two (2) and six (6) weeks before the start of the program.
  • No refund with notification received two (2) weeks or less prior to the start of program.

Note: The registered participant or their agent must confirm all notification of withdrawals, transfers and substitutions in writing. If written notification is not received, the full program fee will be assessed.

Cancellations

The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges by airlines or travel agencies. In the case of postponement, as an alternative to a refund, program fees may be transferred to another session of that program.

If you have any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy, please contact us to discuss further.