Advanced Models for Decision Making (Coursera)

Advanced Models for Decision Making (Coursera)
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Advanced Models for Decision Making (Coursera)
Business analysts need to be able to prescribe optimal solution to problems. But analytics courses are often focused on training students in data analysis and visualization, not so much in helping them figure out how to take the available data and pair that with the right mathematical model to formulate a solution. This course is designed to connect data and models to real world decision-making scenarios in manufacturing, supply chain, finance, human resource management, etc. In particular, we understand how linear optimization - a prescriptive analytics method - can be used to formulate decision problems and provide data-based optimal solutions.

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Throughout this course we will work on applied problems in different industries, such as:

(a) Finance Decisions: How should an investment manager create an optimal portfolio that maximizes net returns while not taking too much risks across various investments?

(b) Production Decisions: Given projected demand, supply of raw materials, and transportation costs, what would be the optimal volume of products to manufacture at different plant locations?

(c) HR Decisions: How many workers need to be hired or terminated over a planning horizon to minimize cost while meeting operational needs of a company?

(c) Manufacturing: What would be the profit maximizing product mix that should be produced, given the raw material availability and customer demand?

We will learn how to formulate these problems as mathematical models and solve them using Excel spreadsheet.


Course 3 of 4 in the Analytics for Decision Making Specialization


Syllabus


WEEK 1

LPs for Financial Decisions

In this module we will look at examples illustrating the application of linear optimization in finance. In particular, we will learn to formulate problems in investment portfolio optimization and multi-period cash flow management.


WEEK 2

LP for Supply Chain Decisions

This module explores the use of linear optimization in supply chain decisions, particularly in the context of inventory transportation or logistics problems as well as in production and inventory management.


WEEK 3

LP for Staffing Decisions

This module explores how human resource managers can use optimization as a prescriptive analytics tool to plan staff schedules, room allocation, and workforce size management.


WEEK 4

LP for Production Decisions

Linear optimization plays an important role in the decision making process in the manufacturing sector. This module explores how optimization can be used to prescribe product mix and blending decisions.



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40.00 EUR/month
Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets

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