Business Analysis Tools - CB364

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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4 15 (7.5) MR T Yu




Available to short-term/exchange students.



An indicative set of topics to be covered within the module are outlined below.
• Basic Spreadsheet Functionalities: Introduction to common spreadsheet features: workbooks, worksheets, menus, cells, rows, columns, data types, relative and absolute cell addressing, copying, basic formulae, naming cells, formatting, charts and graphs, printing.
• Data Management Facilities: sorting, filtering, data forms, pivot tables.
• What-If Analysis: scenario manager, goal seek, data tables.
• Basic Financial Analysis: Introduction to basic financial analysis and how to carry this out using spreadsheets: compound interest, discounting, NPV, IRR, loans and mortgages.
• Advanced Spreadsheet Functionalities: automating tasks and solving simple optimisation business problems.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 31
Private study hours: 119
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In-Course Test (45 minutes) 20%
In-Course Test (45 minutes) 20%
In-Course Test (45 minutes) 20%
Individual Project (Excel based) 40%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

L. Swift and S. Piff (2010) Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance (3rd Edition), Palgrave, NY.
W. Winston (2011) Microsoft Excel 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling (3rd Edition), Microsoft Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes:
- Have knowledge of essential data analysis, modelling and decision making in a business environment.
- Have developed the necessary technical skills to structure, analyse and solve practical decision problems using Excel spread sheets.
- Be able to analyse the quantitative/qualitative data and present findings both in tabular and graphical form.
- Be able to design, implement and use simple databases.
- Be able to carry out basic financial and "what-if" type analyses.
- Be able to design and implement a maintainable, well documented spread sheet model suitable for end-users.

Intended generic learning outcomes:
- Plan work and study independently using relevant resources.
- Apply their model building, problem solving and numerical skills to solve everyday business problems.
- Present their findings in a clear manner.

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