Analytics - Math 452 - Spring 2013

TuTh 11:30-12:4   in   PFA 106

Instructor: Dr. YAHDI
  (At my Webpage and on Blackboard you will find this syllabus,
homework assignments and useful links
.)

Office hours: (TWH9-10:00am. I don't mind at all if you just stop by,
but be sure to make an appointment in person, by phone, or by e-mail
Office: Pfahler 101F  -  Phone: 409 3294
e-mail:
myahdi@ursinus.edu
Webpage:
webpages.ursinus.edu/myahdi

Textbooks. You can use the regular or the e-book. QUANTITATIVE METH.F/BUSINESS-W/ACCESS | Edition: 12TH 13. Author: ANDERSON, ISBN: 9780840062338, Publisher: CENGAGE L, 2012  [ or e-copy via : http://www.coursesmart.com/IR/1124476/9780840062338?__hdv=6.8]

·         Course Objectives. This course examines mathematical and modeling processes used in “Analytics” to identify, analyze, interpret, predict, and present results, so as to transfer quantitative information into decisions, with a focus on business and economics settings. The goal is to provide a strong conceptual understanding of analytics methodology and the role it plays to gain valuable knowledge and guide decision making. Analytics software, actual examples in business settings and "Problem-Scenario Approach" will be used to foster applied learning and understanding of the mathematical concepts. Cases of increasing complexity will be used to emphasize problem description, definition, and formulation. Topics will include a selection from quantitative analysis; decision analysis/making; risk and sensitivity analysis; game theory, time series and forecasting; linear programing; distribution and network models; inventory models; optimization; scheduling; simulation; probability distributions; and Markov processes. The mathematical and statistical basis for decision-making will be reviewed.

·         Time Requirement. This is a 4 credit hour class meeting for 3 hours/week. The 4th hour is addressed through additional course activities and assignments to be completed outside, either independently or in small groups. In addition to readings, papers and projects, examples of auxiliary activities are listed below. Most of the learning takes place outside the classroom. I expect that you spend an absolute minimum of 8 hours a week outside of class on solving homework problems, reading the textbook and reviewing your class notes. Regular study is much better than cramming. If you do not have the time necessary, you should take the course some other semester.


 

 

·  Help.

·         You have to realize that if you are embarrassed to accept help, it is more embarrassing to get a grade that does not represent your full potential

·         At my Web page you will find this syllabus, the homework assignment, practice tests, solutions of some tests and problems, and useful links.

·         If you have problems with the course material, need to be absent for a test, or have any other circumstance that may affect your performance in the course, contact me as soon as possible.


 

 

·  Remarks.

·         Working problems is a major part of your course preparation, but it is not all that you must do. You must first make an effort to understand the content of a section before you attempt the problems. You do this by reviewing and possibly rewriting your class notes and by studying the section and working through the examples presented therein. Once you feel comfortable with the material, you work the problems and check answers to confirm your understanding.

·         For your benefit, you are strongly encouraged to work out the homework problems in groups.

·         You cannot be ``taught'' everything in the classroom. The instructor's job is primarily to provide a framework, with some of the particulars, to guide you in doing your learning of the concepts and methods that comprise the material of the course. It is your responsibility to learn the material. You are expected to read the textbook, and use my web page for this course for comprehension. They give the detailed account of the material of the course. They also contain many examples of problems worked out and practice quizzes and exams. These should be used to supplement those you see in the lecture. The course's approach is intended to be different. If you have had a math course already you will probably find much that is unfamiliar and a very different emphasis on things you may think you know already. Be alert to this and remember that previous experience is unlikely to be enough to coast on. Treat each topic as if you were meeting it for the first time, and be alert to make sure you understand each day's material before the next class meeting.

·         Some Tips for Successful Math Study. There is nothing about math that makes learning it different and more difficult than learning other subjects. Still, most students enter math classes with attitudes and expectations that make success difficult. In this link you will find some strategies that will help you be successful in the math courses that you are studying.


 

 


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