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Monte Carlo MethodMicrosoft ExcelLinear Programming (LP)Solver

Learner Career Outcomes

38%

started a new career after completing these courses

35%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

12%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Spreadsheets: A Tool for Thinking with Numbers

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 42 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
1.2 Navigating a spreadsheet and crafting formulas19m
1.3 Using functions4m
1.4 Using conditional expressions in formulas4m
1.5 Common errors in spreadsheets4m
1.6 Differences between Sheets and Excel4m
2 readings
PDF of Module 1 Lecture Slides10m
Module 1 examples10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz: History, Formulas, Functions and Errors20m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

From Spreadsheet to Model

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.1 Using assumptions and decision variables in spreadsheet models2m
2.2 Structuring a spreadsheet to model variables, objectives, and objective functions2m
2.3 Constructing simple cashflow model4m
2.4 What-if analysis and sensitivity analysis4m
2.5 Limits to simple, deterministic models5m
2 readings
PDF of Module 2 Lecture Slides10m
Module 2 examples10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz: Classic Models20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Addressing Uncertainty and Probability in Models

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
3.1 Random variables and probability distributions11m
3.2 Changes in discrete and continuous time5m
3.3 Power, exponential, and log functions8m
3.4 Probability trees and decision trees5m
3.5 Correlation and Regression7m
3 readings
PDF of Module 3 Lecture Slides10m
Module 3 examples10m
Additional reading on exponential and other functions10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz: Probability, Correlation, and Regression20m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Simulation and Optimization

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 34 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
4.1 Monte Carlo Simulations13m
4.2 Linear Programming9m
4.3 Next Steps, and Differences between Excel and Sheets7m
3 readings
PDF of Module 4 Lecture Slides10m
Module 4 examples10m
Links and other resources for further study10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz: Simulations, Scenarios, and Optimization20m
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By MMJun 22nd 2017

This course has made me understand cost accounting, has provided a fresh perspective on how to solve some of the challenges i had with management accounting and as a bonus, made me love maths again :)

By BHSep 12th 2017

So many tools that I knew existed and have tried to use the How-To's to learn how they work and until the Prof takes you through them one-at-a-time, they never make sense. Great Stuff!

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