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BUS (Business Management)
459
032247
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Business Analytics Practicum
Business Analytics Practicum
Poole College of Management
Business Management (20BUS)
52.0201
Business Administration and Management, General.
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Practicum3.0
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
D Scott Showalter
Teaching Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Practicum3030Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: BUS 443; Corequisite: BUS 458
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Advanced application of business analytics skills, tools and methodologies to solve business issues and problems. Small teams of students will undertake projects to identify business issues, confirm the information needed to address the issues, and apply the required data analytics tools and methodologies. The projects will include interaction with business personnel, refinement of business issues, gathering information, development of business analytics models, and presentation of results through data visualization. Each project will culminate with the student team presenting their findings and recommendations to the organization.

No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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Additional Information
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Student Learning Outcomes

Specifically, at completion of the practicum, students will be able to:



  1. Apply technical data analytics skills;

  2. Demonstrate various data project and quality techniques;

  3. Demonstrate how to apply data visualization skills to the results of data analytics; and

  4. Demonstrate team-based, deadline driven skills necessary to complete data-driven projects in a real company setting.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignmentsee detailsCourse Grading:

Project Scope Document 5%
Initial Project Work Plan/Timeline 5%
Mid-term Presentation 15%
Topic Area Research & Analysis 10%
Final Presentation 15%
Final Deliverables 10%
Team Peer Reviews 5%
Written Report with Executive Summary 35%

TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Weeks Assignments * Readings/Overviewof Assignments1 Company / Industry Research Report Reading: Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better ResultsIntroduction to the course and review of requirements. 2-3 Project Scope Document Reading: Big Data, Analytics and the Path From Insights to ValueThe purpose of this assignment is to develop a comprehensive project scope document for your assigned project. The scope document should define the current client situation that is driving the need for the project, identify the overall objectives for the project; determine the discrete, actionable deliverables that will result from completion of the project; establish the major milestones the team will work toward and be evaluated on for quality of work and appropriate progress; and finally, document the roles and responsibilities of each team member. See Moodle for assignment and examples. 4-5 Initial Project Work Plan / Timeline Reading: The Analytics of Things;The Ossified Organization Won't 'Get' AnalyticsThe purpose of this assignment is to develop a complete plan of work for your specific project. This plan will serve as the project scheduling and progress reporting tool, as well as a roadmap for the project. It should contain sufficient detail—enough to convince someone that the resulting schedules are realistic, that known project tasks are included and identify individual ownership of each task. See Moodle for assignment and examples. 6 Mid-term Presentation Specific presentation criteria will be provided. The use of specific presentation templates, fonts, logos and document formats will be provided on Moodle. We have also a presentation rubric that will be used to evaluate student presentations. The presentation rubric will be available on the Moodle website to help you prepare for any faculty or client-facing presentations. 7-10 Topic Area Research & Analysis The purpose of this assignment is to encourage students to quickly increase their individual and collective technical knowledge of specific project areas and issues so they are able to effectively support the project, i.e. project scoping through execution. In general, technical areas should be thought of as topic or issue-oriented, non-company specific and perhaps industry specific. One suggestion would be for each team to develop an initial outline of topic areas and get feedback from your faculty advisor. See Moodle website for assignment and examples. 11-12 Final Presentation Specific presentation criteria will be provided. The use of specific presentation templates, fonts, logos and document formats will be provided on Moodle. We have also a presentation rubric that will be used to evaluate student presentations. The presentation rubric will be available on the Moodle website to help you prepare for any faculty or client-facing presentations.13-14 Final Deliverable Package At the conclusion of the project, each team will be required to provide a final deliverable package in an electronic format. The final deliverable package should contain the following: (a) Company / Industry Research Report (b) Completed Project Scope Document (MS Word) (c) Completed Project Work Plan Document (MS Excel or MS Project) (d) Completed primary and secondary topic area research conducted by the team for the project (e) Formal client presentations, mid-term and final client presentations including any other gate or stakeholder reviews. Minimum requirements are: mid-term and final client presentations(f) “Major work files” created by the team during the project, i.e. Excel spreadsheets, project work plans and timelines, databases, models or simulations, metrics, scorecards, etc. 15 Written Report with Executive SummaryTeam / Peer Reviews The final report is to be a written culmination of the project. The report should contain the appropriate level of detail so others within the client company can understand the project, the activities, and the recommendations which would enable them to quickly come up to speed and move the project forward. Additionally, the report should contain an executive summary. The executive summary must summarize the report and be written so if a corporate executive only reads the summary, they will understand the project and the recommendations. The executive summary should be no longer than 1-2 pages and be placed at the beginning of the report, the body of the report should be 5-7 pages and additional materials may be included in an appendix. Each team will be required to submit team peer review evaluations at the end of the semester which will be factored into each student’s final grade. Providing constructive feedback, both positive and constructive, is a key management skill and you will be expected to complete the peer evaluation with due consideration and thought. Across the board top ratings and no suggested improvements will be rejected and will reflect negatively on the student’s grade. Components of the peer evaluation will include, but not be limited to, how effectively the team works together to actually solve the problem(s) identified in the Project Scope Document; demonstrates effective planning and time management practices, effectively schedules and balances the workload among team members; contributes to the development of creative solutions / alternatives; communicates effectively both internally and externally; and adapts to change over the course of the semester by being flexible. In this course, failing the client is not an option; you are expected to adapt, improvise and overcome all obstacles to meet the client’s expectations. * In addition to weekly status meetings with the faculty advisor.

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