Best Free MOOCs In Business For April

Operations Analytics

School: Wharton School

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: REGISTER HERE

Start Date: April 4, 2016 (4 Weeks Long)

Workload: Not Specified (2-3 Weeks Long)

Graded: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $95 fee.

Instructors: Senthil Veeraraghaven, Sergei Savin and Noah Gans

Credentials: Veeraraghaven and Savin are associate professors of operations, information, and decisions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Veeraraghaven, who earned the Wharton Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2013 and 2014, teaches operations strategy course to MBAs and holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon. Savin teaches the core Business Analytics to MBAs who also took home a Wharton Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. His research has been published by academic journals like Management Science and Operations Management. Gans is the Anheuser Busch Professor of Management Science at Wharton, where he teaches courses on business analytics and service operations to MBAs.

Description: Data drives decisions, no doubt. It guides strategy and ultimately reflects success or failure. In this course from the Wharton School, students will learn to learn how to “model future demand and supply uncertainties, how to predict the outcomes of competing policy choices and how to choose the best course of action in the face of risk.  The course will introduce frameworks and ideas that provide powerful insights into a spectrum of real-world business challenges, will teach you methods and software available for tackling these challenges quantitatively as well as the issues involved in gathering the relevant data.”

Review: “Best course out of the specialization in terms of clear presentation, hands-on learning (in Excel), and exposure to some basic concepts. Very professional preparation and delivery of course content – I wish all MOOCs were done this well.” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Note: This is the second part of Wharton’s “Business Analytics” specialization, which includes courses on customer, accounting, and people analytics. To learn more about these courses and register for them, CLICK HERE.

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