Business Data Analyst

Information Technology 

The Business Data Analyst education plan focuses on developing leadership and data analysis capabilities in students at all levels in organizations. The Business Data Analyst will design, develop, implement, and maintain business solutions for information delivery. In addition to very strong technical skills, the student will have superb business process analysis and interpersonal skills, the ability to extract and analyze data patterns, and the ability to synthesize the data into information consumable by senior business decision makers.

The Anoka Technical College Business Data Analyst Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program that focuses on graduates receiving the knowledge an skills necessary for employment and growth in entry-level business intelligence and data analyst professions. They will assist in the process of inspecting, cleansing, testing and transforming data. Graduates will also help interpret the visualize the data using various software tools and techniques to provide support in all decision making phases. Graduates gain a solid understanding of information technology and applications used to support decision making. Program graduates will have the opportunity to interact and work with various functional managers in all parts of the company.

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
Course Number
Course Title
 Credits
 ITEC 1002
 Networking Fundamentals
3
 ITEC 1016
 Web Programming Technologies
4
 ITEC 2100
 Programming Logic & Design
4
 TLIT 1005
 Technology Fundamentals
3
 TOTAL
  14
     
Spring Semester
 ACCT 1015
 Principles of Accounting I
4
 BDAT 1000
 Business Concepts
2
 ITEC 2120  DB Design & SQL 4
 General Education/MnTC
 See MnTC goal areas
4
 TOTAL   14
 
 Summer Semester
 MATH 1550
 Introduction to Statistics
4
 PhIL 1200
 Technology, Society, and Ethics
3
 TOTAL
  7
     
 SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
 BDAT 1025
 Data Preparation for Analytics
3
 BDAT 1030
 Data Analysis
4
 ITEC 1025
 Project Management
4
 TOTAL   11
     
 Spring Semester
 BDAT 1010  Data Analysis
3
 ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing
4
 ITEC 2140
 Business Intelligence
4
 ITEC 2150
 Advanced Business Intelligence
3
 TOTAL
  15

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

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Industry Description

  • Businesses are investing big-time in data analysis. Spending on big data and analytics will increase from $10 billion in 2012 to more than $32 billion in 2017, according to International Data Corporation. In context, that’s approximately six times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market. (Minnesota Business Magazine)
  • Data Scientist 80-20 rule- 80% of the time is data mining, and setting up the data to be analyzed, and 20% of the time is doing the analytical forecasting.
  • Creates an entry to the workforce; Middle Skill Big Data Workers (MSBDW)
  • Closet occupational field is Data Analyst, which is expected to grow 20-28 percent. As markets become more competitive, firms will need to use resources more efficiently. (US Department of Labor, 2012)

Job Titles:

  • Data Analyst       
  • Business Data Analyst
  • Information Specialist 
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Operations Data Analyst 
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Information Clerk

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Vicki Baumgartner
763-576-4146

Julie Myers
763-576-4072

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January
(Also multiple start options each semester)

Award

AAS Degree

Contact

Vicki Baumgartner
763-576-4146

Julie Myers
763-576-4072


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