Information and Operations Management USC Marshall School of Business IOM 401 Business Information Systems – Spreadsheet Applications Professor Francis Pereira BRI 401J [email protected] 213.821-1615 Who should take the course? In today’s business world, junior executives and middle managers are expected to be able to analyze corporate sales, revenue and other competitive data to recommend strategic courses of action to their senior managers. Spreadsheet programs, specifically Microsoft “Excel” provide a very effective tool to accomplish this goal. Many companies see this skill-set as a major differentiator for employment. This course is a hands-on course and thus is also a “must have” course for internships and jobs. Course objectives Master the use and design of spreadsheets ”Microsoft Excel" for business information analysis in the areas of Finance, Information Systems, Marketing and Operations. Understand how to use application software to analyze business cases and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of decision making processes. Key concepts Utilizing data analyses functions Mastering graphical presentation of data Generating pivot tables Understanding array functions Developing business scenarios Using goal seek and data tables Learning statistical, lookup and financial functions Using advanced filtering techniques Exporting and importing data between programs Understanding and developing “macros” for repetitive functions Course description This course is designed to provide students with an applied understanding of how “spreadsheet applications” are used to analyze business information. This course provides an opportunity for students to master the use and design of ”Microsoft Excel” for business information analysis in the areas of Finance, Information Systems, Marketing and Operations. This course will also enhance students ’understanding of the core business disciplines by providing them with the skills and experience to develop, test and analyze business cases, to increase the effectiveness in the corporate decision making processes.