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Course Outlines

BSYS 2051

Introduction to Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2019 for Windows

School School of Business + Media
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date November 23, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites BSYS 1001
CRN 44216

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Nadia Graham
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Online
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

​The main focus of this course is to develop data analytic skills and demonstrate the ability to manage and present complex data to effectively support business decisions. Students will develop a sound methodology to build "what if" spreadsheet models to assess various business cases. Throughout the course, students will work on business cases in which the design of the spreadsheet is of paramount importance. This course covers advanced Excel formulas, concepts, and applications using larger and more professional worksheets and focusses on the data modeling approach using MS Excel. Topics include built-in functions, charts, transferring data across applications, and using the built-in tools including Pivot Tables, Sparklines, Slicers, and Power Pivots.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use correct data modeling terminology.
  • Apply Relative, Absolute and Mixed cell references.
  • Solve financial/business problems using appropriate functions such as PMT, FV, NPER, IRR, NPV and RATE in assessing business cases.
  • Develop effective "what if" statements in a spreadsheet to support business decisions.
  • Implement advanced spreadsheet functions such as Goal Seek and Scenario Manager to support business decisions.
  • Develop a multi-sheet worksheet model capable of sensitivity analyses.
  • Prepare, create and apply Templates and Styles in Charts and Tables.
  • Organize data lists using filters and PivotTables.
  • Summarize data using statistical functions.
  • Apply data validation options.
  • Analyze data using the Scenario Manager, Data Tables and Goal Seek.
  • Use imported and exported data to build models.
  • Demonstrate finding and fixing formula errors and 3D formulas.
  • Apply basic Macros.

Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Textbook

The textbook you will be using in this course is:

New Perspectives On Microsoft Office 365 & Excel 2019, Comprehensive by Patrick Carey
ISBN10: 0-357-02576-8, ISBN13: 978-0-357-02576-5

Some possible suppliers of the textbook:
- printed text: BCIT Bookstore, Amazon.ca, Indigo
- eBook: available directly from the Publisher

The instructor may also assign additional readings as required. Online copies of the extra reading material or links to online copies will be provided through the course's Learning Hub page.

Required Software

You will need access to a computer containing a licensed copy of Microsoft ® Excel ® 2019 for Windows or the Office 365 version. Other versions of Excel (such as 2007, 2010, and 2013) and all Mac versions are NOT acceptable. The menu interface and even some of the functionality of Mac versions of Excel are different from Excel for Windows making it inadequate for this course.

Note: BCIT students may access a copy of Microsoft ® Excel ® 2019 for Windows for their use by following the instructions here.

Computer labs equipped with the required software are available for student use at BCIT campuses. Lab locations and hours of operation are posted at: http://www.bcit.ca/its/labs/bycampus/

A virtual BCIT computer lab desktop is available online for student use at https://workspace.bcit.ca/vpn/index.html

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria
Criteria%Comments
Assignments and Attendance2010% assignments / 10% attendance
Midterm Exam40
Final Exam40
Total100
Note: The passing grade for this course is 50% overall.

There will be NO make-up exams. If you miss an exam you will receive a mark of 0. Exceptions may be granted if you meet the following conditions:

- you provide a medical certificate, signed by a doctor, that clearly states you were unable to attend class on the date of the exam for medical reasons
- you inform the instructor of the absence BEFORE the exam takes place. Notification after the examination is not acceptable.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance

Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade and/or removal from the course. In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor as soon as possible indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate. For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation. These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 “Student Regulations”

Attendance for online classes means attendance at the weekly virtual lectures.

Other information

All course information and course related files will be available in the BCIT Learning Hub for this course. All assignments are to be handed in via the Learning Hub assignments folders.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Date

Topic

Readings

Assignments†

Due Date†

Week 1

Sep 07, 2021

Getting Started with Excel and Formatting the Workbook

Modules 1 and 2

No Homework

None

Week 2

Sep 14, 2021

Performing Calculations with Formulas and Functions

Module 3

Module 3 Case 1

TBD

Week 3

Sep 21, 2021

Analyzing and Charting Financial Data

Module 4

Module 4 Case 1

TBD

Week 4

Sep 28, 2021

Generating Reports from Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks

Module 5

Module 5 Case 1

TBD

Week 5

Oct 05, 2021

Managing Data with Data Tools

Module 6

Module 6 Case 2

TBD

Week 6

Oct 12, 2021

Summarizing Data with PivotTables

Module 7

Module 7 Case 2

TBD

Week 7

Oct 19 2021

Midterm Exam

(All material covered)

Modules 1 - 7

None

Week 8

Oct 26, 2021

Performing What-If Analyses

Module 8

Module 8 Case 1

TBD

Week 9

Nov 02, 2021

Analyzing Data with Business Intelligence Tools

Module 10

Module 10 Case 1

TBD

Week 10

Nov 09, 2021

Financial Functions &

Exploring PivotTable Design

Module 9

Module 11

Module 11 Case 1

TBD

Week 11

Nov 16, 2021

Developing an Excel Application

Module 12

Module 12 Case 2

TBD

Week 12

Nov 23, 2021

Final Exam

(All material covered in the course)

Modules 1 - 12

Notes
†Detailed assignment instructions will be supplied by the course instructor. Assignments are due before the next lab (unless changed by the course instructor). Assignment Solutions will be made available on submission of your work, you may not resubmit once the solution has been made available.
- Course content and dates are subject to change upon prior notice by the instructor

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at https://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml

Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Attempts:
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Attendance:
Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at https://www.bcit.ca/pts/pts_withdrawals.shtml.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Nadia Graham, Instructor
July 09, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Juan Azmitia, Program Head
July 16, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Phil Ramer, Associate Dean
July 16, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.