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Imperial College London

Data Analysis Essentials

Imperial College London via edX


Want to study for an MBA but unsure of the basic data analysis still required? This online course prepares you for studying in an MBA program and in business generally.

Data analysis appears throughout any rigorous MBA program and in today’s business environment understanding the fundamentals of collecting, presenting, describing and making inferences from data sets is essential for success.

The goal of this course is to teach you fundamental data analysis skills so you are prepared for your MBA study and able to focus your efforts on core MBA curriculum, rather than continually playing catch-up with the underlying statistical knowledge needed.

We also hope that learning these data analysis skills will equip you with the ability to understand, to a greater degree, the data you encounter in your working lives and in the world around you - an essential life-skill in today’s data driven environment

This course assumes no prior knowledge of data analysis. Concepts are explained as clearly as possible and regular activities give you the opportunity to practice your skills and improve your confidence.


Topic 1 - Presenting and summarising your data
Topic 2 - Decision making under uncertainty
Topic 3 - Data-based decision making
Topic 4 - Modelling for decision making

Taught by

Dr. Catarina Sismeiro, Nigel Meade, Dr. David Lefevre and Stanislav Kucherenko


1.4 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

4.2 rating at edX based on 12 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I took this course under PreMBA Essentials for Professionals Professional Certificate. I already passed Accounting Essentials and Finance Essentials. Took this course before I go for Maths Essentials. The Professional Certificate has a total of 4 co…
  • Anonymous
    Already have good knowledge of statistics so this course wasn't too hard. It isn't simple though.

    Overall I thought that the material explains quite well the concepts and gives relevant examples to understand the real-life applications.

    If you already come from a business or engineering background, it will be more or less easy. Other backgrounds may suffer.
  • Anonymous
    Worst course I have ever gone through on edx. Worst content, no proper explanation and also no course staff support on discussion forum.
  • Anonymous
    Dreadful course, not only just general technical issues using the platform itself but the content is absolutely not what you expect. Firstly the data analysis essentials is entirely misleading about what this course is, it is not essentials, it is hardcore statistical methods. You are given the explanations of a concept, using obscure statistical language that they assume you will know and worked with before and then immediately ask you to apply it to a real world scenario with no step in between examples. The video explainers often come after you having to solve the problem and only some times help. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you have thoroughly looked at every page of this course and know that this will benefit you.
  • Anonymous
    I would not recommend this course. I am not happy with this course.

    No explanation about the concepts and calculations used in this course. You will regret to later if you enroll.
  • Anonymous
    Content is too heavy for Essentials. Too technical with no practical explanations. Videos do not really complement the exercises.
  • Anonymous
    Requires learners to have advance statistics background. Listen, this is not for beginners... Final assessment is to difficult that it can even kill you before you finish. Ha!

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