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ModelingRiskMicrosoft ExcelSimulation

Learner Career Outcomes

44%

started a new career after completing these courses

32%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 7 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Week 1: Modeling Decisions in Low Uncertainty Settings

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 60 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
1.1 How To Build an Optimization Model: Hudson Readers Ad Campaign13m
1.2 Optimizing with Solver, and Alternative Data Inputs26m
1.3 Adding Risk: Managing Investments at Epsilon Delta Capital18m
2 readings
PDFs of Slides for Week 110m
Excel Files for Week 110m
1 practice exercise
Week 1: Modeling in Low Uncertainty Quiz20m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Week 2: Risk and Reward: Modeling High Uncertainty Settings

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
2.2 Common Scenarios for Multiple Random Variables, Risk Reduction, and Calculating and Interpreting Correlation Values18m
2.3 Using Scenarios for Optimizing Under High Uncertainty, Sensitivity Analysis and Efficient Frontier15m
2 readings
PDFs of Lecture Slides for Week 210m
Excel Files for Week 210m
1 practice exercise
Week 2: Modeling in High Uncertainty Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Week 3: Choosing Distributions that Fit Your Data

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 81 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
3.2, pt 1: Choosing Among Distributions: Discrete Distributions25m
3.2, pt 2: Choosing Among Distributions: Continuous Distributions11m
3.3 Hypothesis Testing and Goodness of Fit22m
2 readings
PDFs of Lecture Slides for Week 310m
Excel Files for Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Week 3: Choosing Fitting Distributions Quiz20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Week 4: Balancing Risk and Reward Using Simulation

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
4.2 Connecting Random Inputs and Random Outputs in a Simulation23m
4.3 Analyzing and Interpreting Simulation Output: Evaluating Alternatives Using Simulation Results10m
Course Conclusion25s
2 readings
PDFs of Lecture Slides10m
Excel files for Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Week 4: Using Simulations Quiz20m

About the Business and Financial Modeling Specialization

Wharton's Business and Financial Modeling Specialization is designed to help you make informed business and financial decisions. These foundational courses will introduce you to spreadsheet models, modeling techniques, and common applications for investment analysis, company valuation, forecasting, and more. When you complete the Specialization, you'll be ready to use your own data to describe realities, build scenarios, and predict performance....
Business and Financial Modeling

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