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IUx: Platform-Based Analytics

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Gain hands-on experience extracting, preparing, exploring, and analyzing data statistically and visually using features and tools native to Microsoft Excel.

Platform-Based Analytics
12 weeks
3–6 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
This course is archived
Future dates to be announced

About this course

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This course will be retired.

In an ever-growing digital world, the need for strong data analysis skills is at the forefront of every business function, along with the ability to accurately describe and interpret analytical findings.

This course will center on foundational concepts of data analysis, tools for working with data, and strategies for communicating results by utilizing a hands-on teaching approach. Topics include approaching data sets with a critical eye, basic statistical and visual analysis, formatting visuals for interpretation, storytelling with data, and an introduction to spreadsheet modeling.

Learn from renowned Kelley School of Business faculty with combined decades of teaching and analysis experience. This course will provide learners with practical skills to support their data analysis and decision-making needs.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills:Teaching, Decision Making, Data Analysis, Communications

What you'll learn

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  • Define exploratory, explanatory, prescriptive, and predictive analytics

  • Import data into spreadsheets from external sources

  • Cleanse data using functions native to Microsoft Excel

  • Summarize data using basic descriptive statistics and statistical charts

  • Communicate analysis findings using appropriate data visualization selections and formatting

  • Develop simple dashboards to answer business questions

  • Explore the foundations of spreadsheet modeling

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do I have to have prior MS Excel experience for the class?
  • What software do I need for the class?

For asynchronous content, a free copy of MS Excel is required. A free copy of Excel online can be acquired at by clicking on “Sign up for the free version of Office”. For the Live Sessions, a Windows copy of MS Excel 365 is required.

VERIFICATION ALERT for Platform-Based Analytics:
If you plan to take this course as part of the IU Kelley Master of Science in IT Management (MSITM) program, please know that this course will only count as a MICROMASTERS® course.

Only three of the MicroMasters® courses will count toward the 10-course MSITM degree. Therefore, do not enroll in this Platform-Based Analytics course if you have already successfully completed the Digital Ecosystem Infrastructure (DEI) MicroMasters® course.

If you have already completed or are currently completing your third MicroMasters® course, and have applied and been admitted to the full MSITM program, an alternative course to replace the Platform-Based Analytics will be offered once you matriculate into IU.

Please reach out to with any questions.

Further explanation:

In our continuing effort to provide the most beneficial course sequencing and useful content to learners, we have switched two courses in our 10-course MSITM program:

  • Digital Ecosystem Infrastructure (DEI) is now part of our full Master program thus included in the last seven courses of the program after matriculation.
  • Platform-based Analytics (PBA) is now part of our three-course MicroMasters® program (beginning the Winter 2022 term).

As a result of the switch, students who have successfully completed the DEI course as part of the MicroMasters® program and plan on matriculating must be ready for matriculation by Fall 2023.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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