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Introduction to Data

Learn to apply data & statistics specifically for business! In this course, you’ll go from data novice to spreadsheet wizard, calculating and forecasting key financial metrics, even making detailed projections off real-life financial data from the New York Stock Exchange.
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  • Estimated Time
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    June 29, 2022

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  • Prerequisites
    No Experience Required

What You Will Learn


Introduction to Data

Data literacy is no longer solely expected of analysts & engineers — it’s become a critical skill for anyone who wants to drive decision-making at their company. This practical course is for business professionals looking to add data analysis to their strategy & planning. You’ll dive right into Excel and Google Spreadsheets, manipulating data, calculating key business metrics, and even building financial forecasting models with historical stock-market data.

Learn descriptive and inferential statistics, how to calculate business metrics, and how to build forecasting models in Excel and Google Spreadsheets.

Prerequisite Knowledge

No experience required.

  • Descriptive Statistics

    Learn data types, measures of center, and the basics of mathematical notation, and then progress to common visual methods for quantitative data, measures of spread, and the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics.

  • Spreadsheets: Getting Started

    Learn about the keys steps of the data analysis process and use cell referencing and menu shortcuts.

  • Spreadsheets: Manipulate Data

    Sort and filter data, use text and math functions, split columns and remove duplicates.

  • Spreadsheets: Analyze Data

    Summarize data with aggregation and conditional function and use pivot tables and lookup functions.

  • Spreadsheets: Visualize Data

    Build data visualizations for quantitative and categorical data, create pie, bar, line, scatter, histogram and boxplot charts, and build professional presentations.

  • Metrics

    Become familiar with business metrics used by business analysts in the area of marketing, sales, growth, engagement and financial analysis, calculate and interpret key performance metrics, and calculate metrics and create plots to visualize metrics in Excel.

  • Excel Modelling

    Understand the fundamentals of sales and financial forecasting models, and create forecasting models using advanced lookup and data validation tools (INDEX, MATCH, OFFSET) in Excel.

  • Course Project: Analyze NYSE Data

    In this project, you will work with a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) dataset that contains fundamental financial data for 500 companies. You will use spreadsheets to analyze and summarize the data using statistics and data visualizations. You will communicate the key findings in a professional manner. You will also design a dashboard that calculates the financial metrics and auto populates the income statement for each company using data validation and advanced lookup tools within Excel. You will then forecast financial metrics within the Income Statement, based on three scenarios with distinct assumptions for a company of your choice from the NYSE dataset.

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    Descriptive and inferential statistics, how to calculate business metrics, and how to build forecasting models in Excel and Google Spreadsheets.
  • Average Time

    On average, successful students take 25 hours to complete this program.
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    • Real-world projects from industry experts
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Program Details

  • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?
    No. This Course accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.
  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
    No prior experience is required, but it is recommended that students are comfortable with basic computer skills, such as managing files, using third-party online programs, and navigating the Internet through an online browser.
  • How is this course structured?
    The Introduction to Data course is comprised of content and curriculum to support one project. We estimate that students can complete the program in 25 hours.

    The project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network and platform. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.
  • How long is this course?
    Access to this course runs for the length of time specified in the payment card above. If you do not graduate within that time period, you will continue learning with month to month payments. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our programs.
  • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?
    Please see the Udacity Program Terms of Use and FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.
  • What software and versions will I need in this program?
    Students should have access to the Internet and a 64 bit computer. There are no additional software and version requirements to complete this program, all coursework and projects can be completed via Student Workspaces in the Udacity online classroom.

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