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CDAE 295
Summer 2009
Data Analysis and Management in EXCEL
Applications in Statistical Modeling and Financial Analysis
Class Dates and Location:
o
Days: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Building: LAFAYETTE HALL RoomL111
Dates: Monday May 18, 2009 to Friday June 05, 2009

Pre-requisites: Senior or Graduate Student Standing. Must have 100 levels or 200 levels
Economics, Statistics, Business courses (such as ECON 171/172, STAT 111/141, BSAD 40,
etc.)

Instructor: Dr. Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang
Office: 103 C Morrill Hall
Phone: 656 0754
E-mail:CLI ANG @U VM. edu

Purpose of the Course

This class is designed for junior, senior or graduate students to learn more advanced tools and
applications in EXCEL system. The course start with reviews of theories related to trend
analysis, historical data mining, statistics, accounting foundations and financial statements.
Applications in EXCEL will focus on examining economic variables, financial variables, and
business variables that will facilitate learning given various economic situations, business
financial situations, personal finance and management, market volatility, risk analysis and
decision-making. People who are interested in or work in the following areas will benefit from
this course: large dataset management (such as People Soft), economics trend analysis and
forecasting, personal finance management, enterprise finance management, futures modeling,
and other data management related issues.

At the end of the semester, participants will be expected to
\ue000 Develop critical thinking and understand the relationship between economics, statistics and
associated factors influencing business decisions.
\ue000 Gain advanced knowledge about the variations in economic variables such as prices, demand,
and supply.
\ue000 Know how to formulate analytical schemes in decision making, apply statistics and finance
to find estimated solutions utilizing EXCEL.
Structure of the Course
1. Lectures\u2013 cover theory related topics in economics, statistics and finance.

2. Discussions\u2013 different topics and examples will be given in class to stimulate
discussions and debates. These are contemporary examples in our society that will offer
a rich background of learning theories and applications.

3. interactive activities and challenges\u2013 there will be class activities every day to practice
EXCEL functions and use interactive games to create fun challenges.
Tentative Schedule
Week 1Introduction\u2013 getting to know each other

Knowledge pre-assessment
Learning expectations\u2013 setting goals
EXCEL Basic Functions
Foundation of forecasting

Moving Average Analysis for time series data
Seasonality analysis and graphs

Foundation of the Statistics
Descriptive Statistics
Correlation Coefficients

Using EXCEL to calculate

Week 1-2
Continue the Foundation of Statistics
Theories of Regression Analysis
Using EXCEL to calculate

Self-designed project
Define your topic
Graphs and charts

Week 2Continue on the Regression Analysis

Week 2-3
Check on the projects
Foundation of the Financial Analysis\u2013 definitions and terms

Cash Flow, Income Statement (Profit and Loss), Balance Sheet
Examples of the Financial Analysis
Constructing your own financial analysis
Week 3Continue the financial and budgeting discussions
Putting everything together\u2013 forecasting and financial analysis

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