Business Analytics Cluster

Offering students hands-on training in a specific industry and face-to-face interaction with top industry professionals, the Business Analytics Cluster is taught by business professionals and Fisher's Analytics Initiative Director and Faculty Coordinator:  Professor Ralph Greco.

Leading practicioners in the field of Business Analytics will share their expertise, address up-to-the-minute issues facing businesses today, and look to students to provide real-world solutions. Complementing this action-learning format will be a series of lectures designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that they will need to succeed.

Sponsoring Companies

Sponsoring companies for the 2015-2016 academic year are: JP Morgan ChaseScotts Miracle Gro, Lane Bryant, Saama and Cardinal Health.  

This is an academic program with expectations. There will be exams, outside readings, projects, and assignments. Students in this cluster should be aware that there will be several required learning opportunities outside of class time. These events include, but are not limited to, the Kick-off event, field trips, networking events, etc.

In Autumn Semester, students will meet one evening per week.  In Spring Semester, students should expect to meet one evening per week as well. However, because students will be completing projects, they should be aware that there will be an additional time commitment outside of that one evening. Sponsoring companies may aid in the evaluation of these projects.

Course Sequence and Syllabi

Introduction to Business Analytics:  Defining and Applying "Big Data"

Autumn- 2 semester hours

Course syllabus

The overall objective of the first course in the Business Analytics industry sequence is to familiarize the students with the concept of Data Analytics (Big Data) and its applicability in a business environment.  Industry Partners will alternate the content and subject matter for their respective disciplines.  Classes will consist of:  lecture/presentations, case studies and/or simulations, with work to be done by project teams or individually.

Introduction to Business Analytics:  Design and Development of Business Analytics Solutions

Spring- 3 semester hours

The second course in the Business Analytics Cluster (pre-requisite is: Introduction to Business Analytics:  Defining and Applying "Big Data") will be devoted to topics in Business Analytics.  The class will also take on industry- specific projects that are provided by the Industry Partners, which will be executed in teams.

In Their Words

  • The experience in my Cluster was valuable to me because it gave me the chance to explore Business Analytics first hand and allowed me to gain insight into this emerging area....

    Toby Friedman
    2013-14 Cluster