Leveraging Data for Decision Making – BMAL 720

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the process and skills necessary for organizational leaders to make effective data driven decisions. Topics include: defining business analytics, quantify value it brings to an organization, harnessing the power of analytics to gain advantage.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide students completing a Doctoral degree program and organizational leaders with analytical and forecasting skills essential for strategic decision making. This course supplies leaders with crucial strategic data analytics knowledge required at all level of management.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each initial thread must be 500–750 words (approx. 2–3 pages) and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.

Each initial post will be 500–750 words. After reading the required course text on the weekly topic, the student will address the topic demonstrating critical thinking, synthesis and comprehension. Each discussion is required to have at least three peer-reviewed sources cited 2–3 times. The primary course textbook is required sources plus one other high quality peer-reviewed source published within the last 5 years. At least 1 passage of Scripture is also required. All replies will be 250–500 words (approx. 1–2 pages) Each reply must provide critical thinking and synthesis to the point stated in the original author’s post. Strict compliance to APA style standards is required.

Faith Integration Papers (6)

Each paper will be at least 1,000–1,500 words (approx. 4–6 pages) with at least 4 high quality peer-reviewed sources. A 100–150 word abstract is required as part of the word count. All course textbooks are required sources. Authors must answer the question being posed with critical reflection of the topic, supported by in-text citations and examples.

Project/Leadership Integration Essays (2)

The student will write a 2,500–3,000 word (approx. 10–12 pages) research-based essay paper in current APA format that focuses on Leadership Integration. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks. A 100–150 word abstract is required as part of the word count.

The Bible must be used as a source. The rest of the sources must be high quality peer-reviewed sources published within the past 5 years. Strict compliance to APA is required. In-text citations are required throughout the essay. Authors will take a Pro or Opposition position and support the position.