Data Visualization and Reporting

Code: BIDA404
Apply this course towards: Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Business Administration - Certificate, Business Administration - Diploma

Course description

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.

Learning objectives

  • 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:

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.


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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom 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 to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).