Today's organizations are drowning in vast amounts of data, the consequence of automated data collection tools and advanced database technology. A substantial challenge for organizations is how to use these vast amounts of data to best achieve or maintain a competitive advantage by improving customer relations, product development, business planning, internal processes and/or operations. This is where the field of Business Analytics (BA) comes into play.
BA focuses on data-driven decision making with the ultimate goal being the conversion of data into context-specific information to facilitate high quality, timely, value-added business decisions. The BA concentration at the University of Vermont is designed to develop and improve students' technical, quantitative, and analytical abilities as well as their critical thinking skills through courses emphasizing the use of data, technology, optimization and statistical analysis, and predictive and exploratory modeling. Data and numbers are only part of the solution however - students must also understand organizational business models, information flows, and the importance of business processes within the organizational value chain.
Students concentrating in BA will take a minimum of four upper level classes covering content in the areas of information systems technology, quantitative methods/tools (operations research, statistics), and business applications (supply chain management, six-sigma quality, marketing research, business process improvement, etc). The concentration is flexibly designed to align with student interests in a particular area and to incorporate content from the entire School of Business Administration curriculum.
Courses for BA concentration would at least one course from each of the following three areas (two courses are required from one area, totaling four courses): 1) Information Systems, 2) Quantitative Tools, and 3) Areas of Applications. The courses below are actual courses, but do not represent the full set of courses in any particular area. None of the courses listed below are explicitly required for the BA concentration.
Areas of Applications
Business Analytics Faculty
Hung Do 207 Kalkin Hall (802) 656-8367 Hung.Do@uvm.edu
Dr. William Cats-Baril Director of SEMBA 312 Kalkin Hall (802) 656-0510 William.Cats-Baril@uvm.edu
Thomas Chittenden 305 Kalkin Hall (802) 656-0511 Thomas.Chittenden@uvm.edu
Dr. Marilyn Lucas 201 Kalkin Hall (802) 656-8276 Marilyn.Lucas@uvm.edu
Dr. David Novak 310 Kalkin Hall (802) 656-4043 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jie Zhang 205 Kalkin Hall (802) 656-0495 email@example.com