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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 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!

By Lori L

Nov 11, 2019

The professor is awesome, fair, encouraging and wants you to learn the material.


Jun 12, 2020

The course content was excellent and equally well explained by the instructor.

By Himanshu G

Apr 8, 2020

Nice and clear instructions with lots of real-world examples. Great teacher.

By Shinhee D

Oct 16, 2021

This course is very helpful for Normal Distribution data analysis using Excel

By Sandesh G

Sep 7, 2020

One of the awesome learning experience and content I came across on Coursera.

By Roberto d S V

Aug 12, 2019

Very good Course. It's focused on relevant statitical issues ! Very useful.

By Alireza A B

Apr 7, 2020

Great beginner course for statistics laying foundations for data analytics

By Doug R

Nov 13, 2019

Exceptionally well designed and taught course. Not for the feint of heart!


Aug 10, 2021

Course material and professor made this interesting and accomplishable.

By Juan T

Nov 15, 2017

Great course. Conductor is exceptional, knowledgeable and professional.

By Felix L

Oct 12, 2019

Great skill set to learn especially when using the formulas in Excel.

By Lalit S

Jul 25, 2018

Practical Statistics that helps you get to the truth of numbers..

By Renier S

Feb 1, 2017

I had audited so many courses until I found this one. The best!!!

By Siya L

Oct 22, 2018

Excellent, easy to understand and the skills are very practical!


Feb 27, 2021

I Learned a lot of knowledge from this couse. thanks very much.

By Rakesh D

Apr 11, 2019

Course is well organized to give a good overview of statistics.

By Supratik D

Sep 8, 2020

Course was very interesting, with a lot of practical examples!

By Kgomotso L S

Dec 28, 2022

Great course for understanding and analyzing any sort of data

By Alvin B

Nov 18, 2020

This course is very useful in business and highly recommended

By Keith K D

Apr 4, 2019

Really learned a lot of new things, real world solutions.

By Arun P R S

May 30, 2017

Great lectures and useful for Business decision making.

By William T

Aug 10, 2019

Great course! Very thorough and in depth explanations.