ANALYTICS MINOR

ANALYTICS MINOR
Francis J. Noonan School of Business
James Padilla, J.D., Dean

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Requirements for the minor

Requirements for the minor in Analytics:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Essentials of Analytics 3
Select one from Req 2 (courses listed or equivalent course with prior approval)
2 Business Statistics 3
2 Statistics-FM 4
2 Probability and Statistics 3
2 Research Methods and Statistics 3
2 Statistical Analysis 3
3 Data Visualization 3
4 Data Analysis 3
5 Applied Analytics 3
Select one from Req 6
6 Predictive Modeling 3
6 Tools & Methods for Analytics 3
6 Intro to Data Science 3
6 Innovation 3
6 Marketing Analytics 3
6 Machine Learning 3
6 Big Data Analytics 3
18-19 total required credits
Course Descriptions

Probability and Statistics
A study of the fundamental techniques used in descriptive statistics as applied to real-world data and the processes associated with the design and analysis of experiments; application of theories from calculus to the construction of cumulative distributions for continuous random variables and computation of associated probabilities, expected values and variances.

Innovation
Gaining a competitive advantage in today’s business environment increasingly demands that organizations know how to innovate. Creativity, continuous improvement, and the ability to turn ideas into action are critical to standing out above the rest. Specific topics will include: the innovation process, disruptive technologies, why plans are bad, and when NOT to listen to your customers. We will also apply our knowledge via an innovation simulation.

Machine Learning
This course introduces students to topics in the Machine Learning area of Artificial Intelligence. It will include an introduction to some popular algorithms computers use to make decisions and predictions based on problems consisting of varied types of data. In addition to utilizing the algorithms themselves, students will learn about different methods of evaluating these algorithms and how to choose an algorithm for a particular problem.

Business Statistics
An introduction to basic statistical measurements: sampling theory, including estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing and basic decision theory. Other topics include correlation analysis, time series analysis, seasonal fluctuations, trend fitting, and cyclical measurement.

Data Analysis
This course focuses on evaluating and analyzing different types of business-related data and developing effective solutions. It will utilize current spreadsheet and database software as tools to facilitate the interpretation of the data. The course will have a lab component requiring student laptop computers equipped with spreadsheet and database software.

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James Padilla, J.D.
Francis J. Noonan School of Business Dean
563.588.7405 | james.padilla@loras.edu
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Shikhar Acharya
Assistant Professor of Business Analytics
563.588.7784 | shikhar.acharya@loras.edu
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William Hitchcock, M.B.A.
Professor of Computing and Information Technology
563.588.7286 | William.Hitchcock@loras.edu
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Patrick Marzofka, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
563.588.7283 | Pat.Marzofka@loras.edu
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Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
563.588.7570 | Michael.Thompson@loras.edu
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