Advanced Business Analytics

Content and goals of the course

The problems faced by decision makers in today’s competitive business environment are complex and multi-faceted, and often require skills that go beyond theoretical data science knowledge. Solving such problems effectively requires the employment of a structured approach to business problem-solving.

Advanced Analytics is defined by Gartner as “the autonomous or semi-autonomous examination of data or content using sophisticated techniques and tools, typically beyond those of traditional business intelligence (BI), to discover deeper insights, make predictions, or generate recommendations.”

Advanced Analytics refers to the fields of Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Process Mining, Text Mining, and Social Network Analysis, to name a few. It is presumed that participants are familiar with the theoretical concepts from one or more of the mentioned data science areas. The focus of the seminar is on the application of those concepts on given use cases from industry.

Students gain practical skills in extracting and manipulating structured and unstructured data, executing methods for descriptive, predictive, or prescriptive analysis, and effectively interpreting and presenting analytic results. Thus, students do not only get hands-on technical experience but also gain domain knowledge and learn soft-skills relevant for data scientists (e.g., teamwork, critical thinking, storytelling).

For students without technical knowledge, we will also offer topics requiring literature review, case study analysis or conceptual design. Whenever possible, we assign topics that are currently important for our cooperation partners.

-> In the WS 2023/24, we will offer a blockseminar with Prof. Tung Bui – Professor of Information Technology Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The topic is “Technology-Driven Business Strategies and Models in the 5th Industrial Revolution“. The syllabus and further information is available via StudOn.

  • Please note: presence on both lecture days – November 2 and 3, 2023, is mandatory. 

Course structure

This course is mostly organized as a self-study. Work will be done in groups of three to five students.

All topics are presented and explained in the kick-off, as well as organizational issues and other relevant information.

Teams will have to present their progress on the chosen topic in a mandatory mid-term presentation. Students who fail to present their progress during the mid-term presentation, will not be allowed to take part in the final presentation and, thus, will fail the course. 

Course registration for the winter term 23/24

Registration is required. Places are limited. Students can register from August 01 to September 30 with equal chances to be admitted. Priority is given to students who have already successfuly taken the Business Intelligence course offered in the summer term. StudOn link for joining the course here.

Kick-off: 26.10.2023 at 10 AM via Zoom (link via StudOn)

Exam ID

Advanced Business Analytics Seminar (59851)
100% of the grade is based on the final presentation.