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About the Course

This course provides an analytical framework to help you evaluate key problems in a structured fashion and will equip you with tools to better manage the uncertainties that pervade and complicate business processes. Specifically, you will learn how to summarize data and learn concepts of frequency, normal distribution, statistical studies, sampling, and confidence intervals. While you will be introduced to some of the science of what is being taught, the focus will be on applying the methodologies. This will be accomplished through the use of Excel and data sets from different disciplines, allowing you to see the use of statistics in a range of settings. The course will focus not only on explaining these concepts, but also understanding and interpreting the results obtained. You will be able to: • Summarize large data sets in graphical, tabular, and numerical forms • Understand the significance of proper sampling and why one can rely on sample information • Understand why normal distribution can be used in a wide range of settings • Use sample information to make inferences about the population with a certain level of confidence about the accuracy of the estimations • Use Excel for statistical analysis This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM. Learn more about admission into these programs and explore how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into a degree program at

Top reviews

May 14, 2018

The separation of the concepts and Excel skills made the lessons very easy to navigate. Although I knew the concepts from a previous statistics course, the Excel skills made everything feel like new!

Sep 4, 2020

The class was difficult . The professor is demanding and very knowledgeable. She makes sure you learn the material and that you understand it. I learned a lot and I am very happy I took this class.

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By Noah M

Jun 25, 2019

What can I say, this course is amazing! Ms. Fataneh you will be missed, I hope to find more courses you teach in the future!

By Briana T

Apr 6, 2019

Tough, but provides excellent examples along the way that are broken down to create understanding. Very informative course!

By John P C

Dec 4, 2020

Very Good Course supported with actual experiences in the work place. It is nice to learn the new excel functions as well

By Abdulqader J

Sep 7, 2020

Amazing course, where you learn the basics of statistics and how to apply this knowledge on your business decision making

By Miguel A O E

Apr 11, 2020

Very nice course. This is the first time that I was able to understand how to use statistics in a more practical manner

By Hermenegildo S

Sep 6, 2020

Excellent matchup with the IMBA, I am able to master the concepts with the videos, quizzes and graded assignments.

By Himanshu P

Aug 24, 2017

A very well taught course. Prof. Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta is one of the best professors on the Coursera platform.

By Li Y

Apr 9, 2019

This is a very informative course. Easy to follow and understand. Lots of real examples. Strong recommendation.

By Shravanti S

Dec 12, 2020

This course has given me insights on how to summarize data and reflect them on business decision making.

By Michael

Jan 8, 2018

Clear direction and easy to follow. Great intro to implementing a statistical approach in data analyses.

By Mei W

Dec 15, 2019

This is a very useful class, the professor can explain the complex topics in an easy way. Thanks a lot.

By Samar A

Nov 21, 2020

Thank you so much, it was really interesting course. The prof is excellent. Thank you for your effort.

By Mike C

Apr 11, 2020

Really useful introductory statistics course. Also great as a refresher course. Highly recommended!


Sep 1, 2019

One of the finest courses in statistics, if you want to learn the power of correct interpretations.

By German E G T

Jun 2, 2020

A very interesting course. It is perfect for those who want to enter the statictics environment.

By Francisca M

Apr 12, 2018

Great Coverage of Statistical Methods with appropriate examples of using them in management....

By Baiba D

Feb 17, 2021

Thank you very much for opportunity to gain so important skills for business data analysis!

By Daniel C

Aug 11, 2016

Very good course, perfectly interlinking theory and practice of statistic decision making.

By Ifeanyichukwu N

Feb 25, 2018

It was really good. Gained deeper insights into statistics than I have ever done before.

By Jonathan S

Aug 17, 2020

Great for beginners on data analytics and great excel lessons for statistical analysis

By Fotios S

Jun 6, 2020

A great course by a professor and a university that clearly care about the end result.

By Matthew M

Nov 6, 2019

Great support materials from the videos and readings to be able to solve the problems

By Michael M

Sep 1, 2020

Model of the teachings made it very easy and less stressful to get back into stats.

By Aditya N

Sep 30, 2020

The course is very informative and it has lots of insights to offer on statistics.

By Kristopher C

Jan 5, 2020

One of the most thoughtful and well planned courses I've taken. Extremely helpful!