This course does enhance your excel skills and is very applicable to your career if you want to go into anything with analytics. Saying that though, Richard Brown is a tool and the tutors are as incompetent as a colander in the rain. The assignments and course work is quite interesting however you'll have to get used to learning all the content yourself as Richard doesn't explain concepts in depth and the tutes don't even cover lecture content.
One of the worst features is that Richard doesn't allow you to review feedback on the major assignment until after the final marks are published, making it impossible to get anything remarked/any queries cleared up before the final exam.
Also the final exam, while the content is easy, you spend the whole course learning how to analyse problems on excel and then you're excepted to do the same questions without a computer. This is something that Richard doesn't even touch on in lectures.
Overall, I love analysis but this course is crap.
Semester 2 - 2016
Commerce (Finance)/ BusMan (Business Economics)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Content is interesting
Practical use for analysts
Exam doesn't reflect content taught
Grades are published late and are uncontestable
Poor teaching skills - unable to teach assessable content
Lectures are extremely boring. The lecturer is an inflexible man, and very bad with student interaction. Course overall pretty boring as well. The book is unreadable and unbearable and not going to change as the tutor wrote it himself. The assignments are very tidy but easy, which makes them even more boring. It feels like you're trying to perfectly clean out your oven when there's burned pizza in there. There will be heat, it stinks, it's unrewarding, and you don't learn anything of it; but in the end you'll walk away with a clean oven, or a good grade. Depends on how good you are at procrastinating really.
The course content is very useful and applicable, but the course coordinators and lecturers need more motivation. The main lecturer (Richard Brown) is lazy and very bad at dealing with students. He punishes students for not being able to attend lectures/tutes, and does not empathise with the student lifestyle.
The course introduces a lot of interesting (but dry) and comprehensive topics that cover just about anything you could have wanted to learn from this course. However, it seemed to be mostly restricted to the public sector. There isn't much thinking when it comes to this course, but there is A LOT of memorisation for the final exam. I learnt barely anything from this course, but I still have a lot of the resources (e.g. spreadsheet templates) that I may use in my career.
Overall, the course was fairly easy. You will ace this course if your are doing Economics, but if you are studying Business, I recommend having done at least some economics beforehand.
I wouldn't recommend this course unless you are very interested in the topic of study.