Since 2019, Brian Murrow has been teaching The George Washington University's Business Analytics Practicum class, DNSC 6217. In this one-semester course, students will work in teams on an “client project”. The project is provided by one of our advisory board partner firms and will entail working closely with the firm’s “project sponsors” over the semester and presenting findings to them at the end of the project. Students will have access to real data and work collaboratively with specifically designated mentors at the organization with which they work. The practicum is designed to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world problems. The experience is designed to allow students to develop deep expertise in a set of analytical tools and business and communication skills required for the successful completion of analytics projects in the real world.
After completing this course, the student should be able to showcase the following abilities:
- Design, develop, and execute a data-driven investigation
- Frame a data-driven study based on the client’s requirements and the available data
- Identify the value propositions for the project and the appropriate questions that will guide your project
- Document and describe the trade-offs involving the data, its quality and availability, and depth of analysis, and available resources
- Convey project deliverables in different modes (at least two -- one for academic requirements and one for project sponsor)
As a graduate of The George Washington University and a practicing analytics professional for over 30 years, Brian enjoys sharing real-world experience in an academic environment. If you are interested in discussing supporting the practicum class as an industry sponsor, feel free to contact Brian.