Course description

Become proficient in fundamentals of business intelligence and data analytics. This course will provide the framework for you to understand, use and evaluate a variety of techniques and skills in analyzing data sets and making appropriate interpretations of the data.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the fundamentals of business intelligence and data analytics
  • Describe the abilities and limitations of Excel in data analytics
  • Evaluate different techniques and tools that can be used in business intelligence and data analytic activities
  • Describe the differences and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Appropriately apply fundamental statistical logic to data interpretation
  • Apply fundamental data analytic heuristics
  • Effectively make insights from data
  • Apply guidelines to data analytics practices considering ethics and privacy


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

  • Personal computer with reliable internet connection – a machine with administrative privileges is recommended
  • Webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in is recommended
  • Speakers and microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth
  • Operating system:
    • Microsoft Windows 10
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2–2016
    • Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave or later
  • Microsoft Office:
    • Recommended: Excel for Microsoft 365 on Windows or macOS; or at least Excel 2019 or Excel 2016
    • Microsoft Office 365 – Students will benefit from Microsoft Office 365 as it is free for the UVic community. Once you have your Netlink ID account, you can sign up for your UVic Microsoft 365 account at and download the software.
  • Hardware (minimum):
    • Processor: 1.4GH (this allows you to use Zoom, Excel and Brightspace at the same time)
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Disk space: 2GB
  • For specific Zoom system recommendations, please visit the Zoom support website 


This course is eligible for the StrongerBC future skills grant. To register using this grant please review the eligibility, registration details and funding dates. 

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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).