Data Analytics for Finance

Data Analytics is a new elective subject on the CPA Syllabus at Strategic Level

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Why Data Analytics for Finance?

Through the study of this subject, students will develop highly sought-after analytical skills such as capturing, interpreting and reporting on big data.

Dual Qualification

By taking this elective and qualifying as a CPA, trainees will also be recognised as a Certified Data Business Analyst with the Analytics Institute*

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the strategic processes, benefits and challenges of applying Data Analysis techniques to improve decision making for competitive advantage
  • Apply statistical techniques, including regression and time series, to business datasets and interpret statistical results for various user groups.
  • Describe the key concepts underpinning various supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques 
  • Interpret outputs from a variety of Data Analytics software tools, such as Excel, R and Python, and discuss the risks in making business recommendations from these outputs
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of utilising machine learning techniques in a variety of business financial activities. 
  • Assess data protection, data privacy and other ethical issues associated with the utilisation of large corporate datasets   

Syllabus Includes:

  • Strategic Data Management in Finance
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Statistics for Big Data
  • Dimension Reduction
  • Regression and Big Data
  • Forecasting Techniques and Application
  • Machine Learning
  • Model Evaluation
  • Data Ethics and Legal Considerations

Accreditation - The Analytics Institute

A Certification Fee will apply to certify successful candidates as a Business Data Analyst (€200+vat).

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