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  • 1.  Assessment for Classroom experiences for business analytics

    Posted 02-14-2020 12:26
    I am reaching out to request ideas and feedback for classroom assessment or applications that work great to teach Business Analytics in the Undergraduate classroom. I have used Teradata in the past, I will be attending the Business Analytics conference in Colorado so will be searching their for classroom ideas as well.


    Donna Ehrlich
    Associate Professor, Computer Information Management
    Park University
    Gilbert AZ

  • 2.  RE: Assessment for Classroom experiences for business analytics

    Posted 02-17-2020 16:21
    Hello Donna,
    I've instructed at Columbus State Community College for the past two years with our Data Analytics certificate program, primarily in the Applied Data Analytics course. We use a mix of Python and Tableau for instructing students in the basics of business analytics in that course. I'm not familiar with what's available in Teradata, but would be glad to setup a call to discuss further with you. Feel free to contact me privately via this forum to discuss either over the phone or by email your ideas in more depth.


    Jeremy Adams
    Product Owner, Data Analytics certificate
    Columbus State Community College
    Dublin OH

  • 3.  RE: Assessment for Classroom experiences for business analytics

    Posted 02-22-2020 22:38
    Hi Donna,

    I recently developed an undergraduate course named Python Programming for Business Analytics, and am now teaching it for the second time this semester. It is an upper-level elective for juniors/seniors majoring in business administration and are interested in a career in analytics. The course teaches computational thinking to programming beginners using Python, and applies it to real-world business problems.

    My assessments include labs (short programming exercises, both in-class and take-home), pen-and-paper quizzes, and a team project. I compiled a wide variety of business applications for these assessments-- queuing time estimation, tuition forecast, customer review sentiment analysis, clinical diagnosis decision rule, stock simulation, the Secretary problem, Newsvendor simulation, Simpson's paradox, to name a few. Some of these also draw from, and complement, topics that students would have seen in their required Operations Management course.

    I'm not sure if your course also has a programming component, but if this sounds relevant, please feel free to email me at and I would be happy to exchange ideas!


    Annie Chen
    Lecturer, Department of Data Sciences and Operations
    USC Marshall School of Business

    Annie Chen
    USC Marshall
    Los Angeles CA