This course will enable students to build models of unstructured business problems so they can make better decisions and gain insight into the impact various factors have on those decisions. The vehicle used for developing such models is the familiar spreadsheet. Students will learn the creative process of constructing and using spreadsheet models of business problems, specifically how to design, build and test spreadsheets and workbooks, and how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which they are used. Topics are explored by learning how to solve a wide variety of business problems in finance, marketing, operations and engineering, often using tools and techniques from the field of management science that are built in to Excel. Students with the knowledge acquired in this course will provide their employers with a competitive advantage and will themselves enjoy a competitive advantage over their peers who lack these skills.
Who should take this course? -- The course will be of interest to anyone who faces challenging business decisions of real economic consequence. This includes business analysts, financial analysts, planners, market researchers, engineers, project managers, entrepreneurs, consultants and managers.