Develop your skills in Data Visualization and Reporting. Learn how to use common industry reporting and visualization tools such as Excel, Tableau, PowerBi and Shiny. You will also learn how to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of various data representation techniques and the fundamentals of dashboard design for various types of monitoring, analyzing and reporting.
Recognize the difference in purpose between real-time reporting, scheduled reporting and on-demand reporting
Evaluate different strengths and weaknesses of various data representation techniques and demonstrate how these representations assist with decision making
Apply heuristics to ‘report design’ based on need.
Apply BI fundamentals of goals, objectives, measures, metrics, KPIs, performance statistics
Apply judgement to data visualization regarding ethical concerns and practices
Perform the following basic tasks in Excel, PowerBI, Shiny, Tableau and Python:
Import cleaned and compiled data
Perform conditional formatting functions
Present data in usable charts, graphs and tables to enable effective interpretation
Create dashboards and reports to meet specific user needs
It is recommended that students have completed at least one of the following:
Basic coding in R or Python as well as experience using formulas in Excel
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of fluency through the submission of an IELTS (Academic) score of minimum 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5), TOEFL score of 550 (79 Internet Based TOEFL), completion of the UVic English Language Centre's ELPI 570 level, or equivalent level through one of our English pathway partners.
Required equipment and software
This course uses a virtual classroom and will present the course material live during the scheduled class times. As this is an online course you will need your own laptop/PC as well as a decent internet connection. A headset-microphone is needed for visual and audio link-up, or participants may choose to participate in the tutorials by audio link-up only. You will also need access to the Microsoft Office suite (predominantly Excel and Word), however a licence for the Analytics tool you’ll be using will be provided for the duration of the course.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Tableau and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies and the instructor to use other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A full course refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be provided if you withdraw at least 7 calendar days before the course start date. No refunds will be issued after this date.