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CDAE 295 Summer 2013
Pre-course assignment will begin on May 20 (check UVM email for assignments)Jun 03, 2013 - Jun 07, 2013
, Monday Through Friday 9am to 5pmData Analysis and Management in EXCELApplications in Statistical Modeling and Financial AnalysisInstructor: Dr. Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) LiangOffice: 103 C Morrill HallPhone: 656 0754E-mail:CLIANG@UVM.edu 
Purpose of the Course
This course focuses on using advanced EXCEL functions to calculate, manage and analyzeany scale of data sets. Topics include fundamental EXCEL training and advanced EXCELtoolkits can be applicable to person/business financial analysis, forecasting, simulations,industry trend analysis, human resource data analysis, nutrient/food consumptionanalysis, enrollment management, or any large scale data analysis.Many unique datasets will be introduced in this class to facilitate participants’ learning.These datasets have been purchased and maintained by UVM library, which covers a widerange of information for business, human resource, and economic analysis.Participants need to have some EXCEL experience in working with basic functions, such asdata entry and simple calculations. The contents of the course involve economics theories(Micro and Macro) and Statistics (simple descriptive statistics and regression). Thesecontents will be reviewed and be incorporated into the computer applications.
Structure of the Course
This is a hands-on and application course. The class meets in the computer lab every day.Participants may bring own computers, and
must install EXCEL (for Windows or Mac)software
prior to attending this course. Discussions and interactions are the key elements of thiscourse.Each day, participants need to prepare for a progress report. Each participant will conduct a miniindependent research project, by choosing your own research topic. The final paper is due on thelast day of the class. To make EXCEL more fun to learn, each participant will also learn andcomplete a personal finance analysis using EXCEL.
 Tentative Schedule
Day 1Introduction – getting to know each otherKnowledge pre-assessmentLearning expectations – setting goalsEXCEL Basic Functions(data entry, graphs, charts)Foundation of forecastingMoving Average Analysis for time series dataSeasonality analysis and graphsFoundation of the StatisticsDescriptive StatisticsCorrelation CoefficientsUsing EXCEL to calculateDay 2Continue the Foundation of StatisticsTheories of Regression AnalysisUsing EXCEL to calculateContinue on the Regression AnalysisSelf-designed project (discussion and presentation)Define your topicData collection and primary analysisGraphs and chartsDay 3Check on the projectsFoundation of the Financial Analysis – definitions and termsCash Flow, Income Statement (Profit and Loss), Balance SheetBusiness Analysis Information – Business Assistant Database in the LibraryDay 4Examples of the Financial AnalysisConstructing your own financial analysis (use the records that you have been keepingsince Dec 2012)Continue the financial and budgeting discussionsPutting everything together – forecasting and financial analysisDay 5Reviews – putting everything togetherFinal presentations (10 minutes per person)Learning reflections

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