Syllabus for DAM-702

Predictive Analytics for Business Intelligence


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is intended for business students with these goals: 1) To provide the key methods of predictive analytics and advanced BI concepts; 2) To provide business decision-making context for these methods; 3) Using real business cases, to illustrate the application and interpretation of these methods. The course will cover R Programming, trends in predictive analytics, and understanding available application programs that can be deployed within the business enterprise.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Assess Advanced BI concepts and core IT concepts        
  2. Explain predictive analytics fundamentals        
  3. Facilitate advanced problem solving using data mining.        
  4. Critique problems, issues, and trends using predictive analysis        
  5. Perform predictive analytics and data science        
  6. Evaluate advanced data science concepts

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks

Guides, tutorials, and examples

Software

Software Title

Trial Package

Open Source Software

Supports Windows

Supports Mac

Supports Linux

Information About Software

R Language

X

X

X

X

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS.

Revolution R Enterprise for Academia

X

X

X

Revolution R Enterprise Academic edition, free to students and educators. Get the power of R language for data mining, predictive analytics.

R Programmming Studio

X

X

X

X

RStudio is a free and open source integrated development environment for R. You can run it on your desktop (Windows, Mac, or Linux)

Rapid Miner

X

X

X

X

RapidMiner, formerly YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment), is an environment for machine learning, data mining, text mining, predictive analytics, and business analytics. It is used for research, education, training, rapid prototyping, application development, and industrial application

Datavisualization.ch

X

X

X

X

News, people, event listings, tools and data sets, focusing on the domain of information visualization.

Jaspersoft

X

X

X

X

The JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite provides integrated reporting, analysis, and data integration to make faster, better decisions

SpagoBI

X

X

X

SpagoBI is an Open Source Business Intelligence suite, belonging to the free/open source SpagoWorld initiative, founded and supported by Engineering Group.  t offers a large range of analytical functions, a highly functional semantic layer often absent in other open source platforms and projects, and a respectable set of advanced data visualization features including geospatial analytics.

Pentaho

X

X

X

Pentaho is the business analytics company providing power for technologists and rapid insight for users.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Predictive Analytics for Business Intelligence is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete five (5) graded discussion forums. For each discussion forum you are

required to make and initial post and then respond to posts made by your classmates.

Written Assignment

You will be require to submit one (1) written assignment, which is designed to aid you in preparing for your midterm and final papers.

Midterm Paper

Using existing data, you will be asked to find and collect at least 2 substantial different statistical data sets and place them into a.csv file. You will then write a 5-page APA formatted paper on the importance of data science and predictive modeling in business today.

Final Project

You will be asked to create a data analytics using Revolution R Enterprise for Academia or R Programming Studio. Additionally, you will prepare a 7-10 page APA formatted paper with the data used with Revolution R Enterprise for Academia. Report will cover the tool and interpretation of the data sets.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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