About this Specialization

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This Specialization provides an introduction to big data analytics for all business professionals, including those with no prior analytics experience. You’ll learn how data analysts describe, predict, and inform business decisions in the specific areas of marketing, human resources, finance, and operations, and you’ll develop basic data literacy and an analytic mindset that will help you make strategic decisions based on data. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to interpret a real-world data set and make appropriate business strategy recommendations.

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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Mongolian

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Mongolian

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Customer Analytics

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7,667 ratings
1,631 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Operations Analytics

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3,777 ratings
692 reviews
Course3

Course 3

People Analytics

4.5
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3,732 ratings
651 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Accounting Analytics

4.5
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2,176 ratings
384 reviews

About University of Pennsylvania

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in about 5-6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how big data and analytics are used in four key areas: marketing (customer analytics), human resources and talent management (people analytics), operations, and finance. You can use this knowledge to create new business strategies using data, participate in conversations about analytics, transition to a new career, or improve your own business. You will also have a strong foundation for further study related to analytics and big data.

  • You will need a full-featured version of Microsoft Excel for some assignments. You should also have a working knowledge of Excel’s basic functions.

  • No previous knowledge or experience in business or analytics is required. This Specialization is designed for anyone interested in understanding how decisions are made using big data.

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