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  1. 1. Spreadsheet Analysis Syllabus IDS 331 - Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets Instructor: Jane Hagstrom Course Syllabus Fall 2004 Microsoft Excel is an incredibly powerful tool for all situations requiring quantitative analysis. It assists accountants and financial officers in summarizing and forecasting. It assists marketing managers in competitive analysis. It assists managers with fact-based decision support. It assists entrepreneurs with planning and record-keeping. This course will give you the opportunity to • Use Excel’s powerful built-in tools • Create user-friendly applications in Excel • Apply Excel tools to typical business problems This is the first time this course has been offered at UIC. At present, there are no standard college textbooks designed for this type of course. The books required for this course are practitioners’ books. We are in the position of being able to decide the details of the course. As the course has been designed, it is intended for a general undergraduate business student who has an interest in problem analysis. Students who take the course should come away with good analytic skills based in Excel and knowledge of the basic techniques involved in application development using Visual Basic for Applications. The objectives on the attached page reflect this part of the design. The part of the course that is not included in the objectives is what kinds of business problems will be addressed. This part of the course that will be decided in class. The following are some basic expectations for the class. Details will be developed by the class. Required Materials • Conrad Carlberg, Business Analysis with Microsoft Excel, 2nd edition, Que. • Steven M. Hansen, Mastering Excel 2003 Programming with VBA, Sybex. Attendance (~10%) Since the direction and content of the course will be defined in class, it will be very important for you to attend every class and plan to take notes. Attendance requirements will be enforced; frequently there will be short quizzes during class. Exams (~60%) You will be required to complete the NETgLearning online exam on Excel fundamentals at a 90% success level. There will be at least two other exams to cover other Excel techniques and the fundamentals of using Visual Basic for Applications. J. Hagstrom, U. of Illinois, 8/17/04 syllabus.doc Page 1 of 3
  2. 2. Spreadsheet Analysis Syllabus Homework (~20%) Homework will consist of activities that must be performed using Excel. Unless you are extremely proficient in Excel and in programming skills, you should plan on spending 6 hours a week outside of class on the course. You’ll probably find you enjoy it! Project Depending on student interests and commitment, a short project may be part of the requirements for the course. Plagiarism and Inappropriate Use of Others' Work: It is plagiarism to submit another person’s work as your own. It is important for you to understand how this applies when you do computer work. In this course, it will be okay to borrow ideas and even parts of your analysis from outside sources; it will not be okay to copy your classmates’ work and call it your own. You should be aware that it is as much work to successfully disguise a classmate’s work as your own as it is to do your work yourself. It is easier for me to detect disguised copying than you might think. When you borrow material from outside sources, it will be a good idea to include a comment indicating where the material came from … and you need to make sure it works! In order to avoid others' misusing your work, you should not share your papers or files with others. In a first case of plagiarism on a homework, the copier and the copied will be penalized by loss of credit for the assignment. A second case will lead to the institution of university procedures. Of course the standard rules about cheating on quizzes and exams will apply. Honor Code for the College of Business Administration As an academic community the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to providing an environment in which teaching, learning, research, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the college community – students, faculty, staff, and administrators – share the responsibility of insuring that high standards of integrity are upheld so that such an environment exists. In pursuit of these high ideas and standards of academic life, as a student I hereby commit myself to respect and uphold the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Business Administration Honor Code during my entire matriculation at UIC. I agree to maintain the highest moral and ethical standards in all academic and business endeavors and to conduct myself honorably as a responsible member of the college academic community. This includes the following: • Not to seek unfair advantage over other students, including, but not limited to giving or receiving unauthorized aid during completion of academic requirements; • To represent fact and self truthfully at all times; • To respect the property and personal rights of all members of the academic community. J. Hagstrom, U. of Illinois, 8/17/04 syllabus.doc Page 2 of 3
  3. 3. Spreadsheet Analysis Syllabus Primary Objectives for IDS 331 The following are some basic objectives that we can and should accomplish in this course. We will develop some others based on class interest. Chapter 2 Excel User Skills 1. Mastery at the level of the Microsoft User Specialist exam on Excel Fundamentals. 2. Ability to record macros Chapter 3 Excel Developer Skills Good design Creation of data entry forms Referring to objects, methods, and properties in the Excel object library Modular structures in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Variable types and variable scope in VBA Logical structures in VBA If-then-else, case Do while and For Each loops Procedures and Functions in VBA and their scope J. Hagstrom, U. of Illinois, 8/17/04 syllabus.doc Page 3 of 3