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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Business Analytics with Excel: Elementary to Advanced by Johns Hopkins University

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About the Course

A leader in a data driven world requires the knowledge of both data-related (statistical) methods and of appropriate models to use that data. This Business Analytics class focuses on the latter: it introduces students to analytical frameworks used for decision making though Excel modeling. These include Linear and Integer Optimization, Decision Analysis, and Risk modeling. For each methodology students are first exposed to the basic mechanics, and then apply the methodology to real-world business problems using Excel. Emphasis will be not on the "how-to" of Excel, but rather on formulating problems, translating those formulations into useful models, optimizing and/or displaying the models, and interpreting results. The course will prepare managers who are comfortable with translating trade-offs into models, understanding the output of the software, and who are appreciative of quantitative approaches to decision making. Business analytics makes extensive use of data and modeling to drive decision making in organizations. This class focuses on introducing students to analytical frameworks used for decision making to make sense of the data, starting from the basics of Excel and working up to advanced modeling techniques....

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Sep 30, 2023

Well guided course with gradually increasing difficulty level, yet explained in a lucid way. Next level (advanced) level courses are awaited from the faculty whose has immense knowledge of subject.


Jun 6, 2023

I am very grateful to opt this course. Each module of this course are symmetrical and very module connected to each other and it is easy for all to understand and perform the task as mentioned.

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By Ma A

Sep 11, 2023

relevant and practical , never thought excel is this powerful .. Great teacher too . Well organized and skilled to explain what is thought to be too complex to understand ..great job

By Rahul G

Jul 2, 2023

If you thrive to excel, and need to upskill yourself, please enrol. The study material was simple to understand, yet allowed to inculcate the learnings into my domain of business.

By Krishan

May 8, 2023

There are still some errors in the quizes. Overall a Linear Programming heavy course. Expected to learn more of Excel for ex: Macros, Pivot Table, etc. Not relevant to people who want to master Excel deeply.

By Stacie S

Feb 8, 2024

This course starts off strong but weakens at week 2. Not enough explanation of WHY you are using certain functions and references, and the instructor needs to SLOW DOWN. Please stop trying to cram 60 minutes of lecture into 30 minutes of recording. Lastly, it would be much more helpful to include a walk through of how answers on quizzes are reached, instead of just letting you retake the quiz over and over and end up guessing the right answers in frustration.

By Pratham V

May 5, 2023

This is one of THE BEST courses on Coursera. I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The instructor is so precise with the teaching and the instructions. I am pleased with the learning, in fact, I learned a lot in this course that I previously didn't know. Although, the last few parts were a bit.. rushed I feel like, especially the nonlinear, binary, integer functions. If there were explained in a more detailed way, it wouldve been good. But the rest of the material is very good. Thank you for making this course! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of enrolling in it.

By Samuel E

Jun 5, 2023

I learn a lot. but to be honest the last part is very challenging which means I have to learn more.

Thank you for your support for sharing knowledge.

By Nhật N M

May 25, 2023

Nice knowledge, until the Final Course. The solution is wrong, and I must to find the wrong answer by hand until I found that the key was wrong. Really waste of time

By Abe M

May 26, 2023

This is a Great course with advanced programming techniques using excel. Professor used clear examples and practical application throughout the course

By Shivam V

May 6, 2023

Poorly deisgned. Course starts smoothly but after 2nd module there's a lot of issues that the learner might run into. Moreover the teaching meathodology and the course design is also not good, as what i felt. Most important of all, this course is not for beginners. It is designed for intermediate learners.

By Ramesh B

Apr 16, 2023

I had a positive experience with the course and that I found it to be highly informative, in particular, the skills acquired in Excel Spreadsheet, such as Linear Programming and Non-Linear Programming. These are both powerful tools that can help optimize a wide range of business processes and decision-making tasks.

Furthermore, the lecturer was proficient in presenting the course material and was able to explain the concepts in a clear and concise manner. This is a critical aspect of effective teaching, and it's great to hear that the instructor was able to deliver the course material in a way that resonated with me.

Overall, the ability to learn new skills and acquire knowledge is an invaluable asset, and it's fantastic that I was able to do so through this course. I hope that I am able to apply these new skills to my work or personal life and that they prove to be beneficial to me in the future.

By Đan P

Nov 11, 2023

As a student majoring in marketing, I also find this course very helpful and easy to understand. I comprehend the material after each lesson, and I am able to complete assignments.

By Maria R E

Apr 22, 2023

Excellent course! I hope they add more courses to this one. More examples.

By Nick F

Jun 10, 2023

The course and teacher are good but the way the teacher rushes through it makes for a lot of rewinding and replaying of video to absorb the lessons. There is a reason poeple arent passing the exams and have to go back to the videos. The final project was another doozy. Some helpful info from other learners in the discussion forum but the teacher wasnt much help. Overall really liked the skills I learned but I think this course could have been presented and packaged much better.

By Obaidullah S

Jun 18, 2023

Final assignment was out of proportion with no hints or support..

By Diana M D M

Sep 3, 2023

Good lessons and explanations. Great videos and speed. Lots of practice tests. To sum, the lessons, exercises and the professor: 5 stars, no doubt.

Just a few notes: if you don't have any/some experience with Excel, the course might get a little hard; on the other hand, if you know the basics of Solver and Excel functions, this will be a breeze (I completed this 6 week course in less than half the time).

And one single complaint: last week's graded tests have mistakes/complications; the final project is also pretty advanced compared to the rest of the course imo (which they warn you about in the quiz, and the passing grade is low because of this, but still), not to mention Solver can't find the solution- it took some trial and error, and a couple tries of the quiz to get the whole thing right. Lots of people have complained about this, so don't be surprised if this happens to you too.

By Ashish M

Jun 7, 2023

I am very grateful to opt this course. Each module of this course are symmetrical and very module connected to each other and it is easy for all to understand and perform the task as mentioned.

By Johnny M

Jun 25, 2023

I expected it to have more Excel, the majority was Lineair Programming and business type things. It still was a good course, only not what I expected.

By ken l

Jun 15, 2023

I really enjoyed the course content and Professor Cutrone's delivery. I didn't study science or maths at university and I can easily follow this course and solve the questions on my own. However, I must say that the final assessment was really difficult to pass and it took me dozens of frustrating attempts to get there. I'd recommend whoever encounters the same issue to check the forum of week 6 and try to find any useful information or discussion there. You may also consider joining the Whatsapp group via a link provided by Professor Cutrone in the Forum. Good luck, guys!

By Sergio F V O

Mar 29, 2024

Excelente curso. Aprendí muchas herramientas nuevas de Excel, y a través de la práctica pude dominarlas y entenderlas por completo. Me gustó la metodología práctica del curso, ya que me permitió aprender correctamente todos los temas del curso. Quedo muy satisfecho con la experiencia de este curso; gracias.


Apr 1, 2024

Si no tienes bases para hacerlo la neta si esta bien dificil bueno para mi que nunca lo habia ocupado pero si esta entretenido El ultimo examen esta bien cabron por que no le entendi nada, bendito Chat Gpt

By Raghav P

Aug 30, 2023

Great course with lots of real world business problems to practice from. Gave an indepth understanding of MS Excel and how to formulate business problems into spreadsheet models.

By joey c

Jul 14, 2023

Very worthwhile course to attend. My EXCEL skills have improved greatly in my day to day work. Prof Joseph is an excellent lecturer and explains formulas very clearly.

By Rode F

Jun 7, 2023

The course is very good and the teacher very knowledgeable but if you are a beginner you may struggle with the assignments.

By Phương H L

May 22, 2023

I'm so happy completed this course. This course supply how to analytic with excel

By Hemant S

Jan 27, 2024

Business Analytics with Excel: Elementary to Advanced" is a transformative learning experience that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone seeking to master the intricacies of data analysis in the business world. This course is nothing short of exceptional, offering a comprehensive journey from the fundamental concepts of Excel to the advanced techniques essential for informed decision-making. What truly sets it apart is its blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. The instructors provide crystal-clear explanations of complex topics while ensuring that learners are actively engaged through hands-on exercises and real-world case studies. One of the most impressive aspects of this course is its accessibility. Whether you're a complete novice or an experienced professional looking to enhance your skill set, the material is presented in a manner that is easy to understand yet sufficiently challenging to stimulate growth. Moreover, the self-paced nature of the course allows learners to tailor their experience according to their individual needs and schedules. What truly resonated with me was the emphasis on real-world relevance. Every concept taught is immediately applicable to business scenarios, making it easy to see the direct impact of the skills being acquired. From data visualization to predictive modeling, each module equips learners with practical tools that can be immediately implemented in the workplace, fostering confidence and competence. Furthermore, the support provided throughout the course is exemplary. Whether through interactive forums, live Q&A sessions, or personalized feedback, the instructors are fully committed to the success of their students, ensuring that no one is left behind. In conclusion, "Business Analytics with Excel: Elementary to Advanced" is a game-changer for anyone looking to excel in the field of business analytics. With its comprehensive curriculum, hands-on approach, and unwavering support, this course not only equips learners with essential skills but empowers them to thrive in today's data-driven world. I cannot recommend it highly enough!