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Spreadsheet Analysis Syllabus
IDS 331 - Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
Instructor: Jane Hagstrom
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
• Conrad Carlberg, Business Analysis with Microsoft Excel, 2nd edition, Que.
• Steven M. Hansen, Mastering Excel 2003 Programming with VBA, Sybex.
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.
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.
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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!
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
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
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
• 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.
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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
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
Do while and For Each loops
Procedures and Functions in VBA and their scope
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