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X504 Quant Methods Schedule

Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington

Course Description
Fall Semester, 2015
Instructor John Hill
Office HH 4145
Phone (812) 855-2729
Office Hours:
Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm
Also by appointment
Also any time Im in the office (email first)
Course Materials
You will receive a hard copy of the course note pack. This contains all
materials from both the video and class lectures. Spreadsheets used in videos and
in class will be in the Canvas modules.
Link to course materials in canvas
Course Description
This course is intended to be an introductory course in types of quantitative
analysis which will support future electives in Business Analytics as well as other
MBA program concentrations. The course will start with an overview of statistics
and probability. We will then cover the topics of sampling and hypothesis testing in
order to learn how to compare data to benchmarks or other data. The third topic for
the course is linear regression where we will explore correlation and causality within
a data set and learn about the concept of statistical significance. Finally, the course
concludes with a discussion of optimization techniques including linear
The quiz following our third session (Aug 31) is intended to help students gauge
how well they are keeping up in the course. The quiz will be graded, but constitutes
only 0.5% of the overall CORE grade. This is an opportunity for students to identify
areas of concern and address them with the instructor or GA in order to improve the
chances for success in the course.
There are four individual homework assignments.
Assignment 1 Due: Friday, August 28th, 11:59pm.
Assignment 2 Due: Friday, September 11th, 11:59pm.
Assignment 3 Due: Friday, October 2nd, 11:59pm.
Assignment 4 Due: Wednesday, October 7th, noon
There are three team cases to be completed.
Integrated Siting Systems Due: Friday, September 4 th, 11:59pm
Sophomore Jinx Due: Friday, September 18th, 11:59pm
Nils Baker Due: Friday, September 25th, 11:59pm
There are two exams.

Midterm on Monday, September 14th

Final Exam on Wednesday, October 7th
Student Preparation
The main preparation for the course is to view the video summaries of the
topics prior to each class. This material is intended to provide the theoretical basis
for the material we will apply during the lecture period. Student
preparation/participation will be graded based on lecture questions covering the
material in the online videos. The videos are paired with excel spreadsheets to
allow the student to work in parallel with the video. Students with familiarity of a
topic may only need to watch the video once. Students who are new to the topic
may need to pause, rewind, and re-watch several times. It is the responsibility of
the student to be familiar with the topic prior to class. You will be given a quiz
following every video. This quiz will help me to steer the class in the necessary
direction as well as provide an indication to me as to the engagement of the student
in preparing for class. It is not assumed that students will get everything right on
the quiz. Thats why we have class.
Course Schedule