Big Data Visualisation

As our reliance on data to make business decisions and form opinions grows, so does our need to make sense of it. With a comprehensive combination of theory and practice, this course will enable you to master the skills of Big Data Visualisation by developing an effective understanding of the theory, processes and practices of this specialist field for your own organisation or for external clients.

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6 weeks plus final assessment
Effort Per Week:
11 hours
Delivery Mode:
Digital Design
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Course Introduction

This course will introduce you to the theory and practice of data visualisation. Almost every organisation could be considered to be data-centric. In order to make effective decisions around that data, it is crucial that everyone can make sense of it regardless of their technical expertise.

Through Data Visualisation we can tell stories, provide insights and educate. In this course, you will learn about the rich history of data visualisation, visual perception, the different types of data visualisation as well as fundamental principles around statistics.

Through Digital Skills Academy’s experiential learning approach, you’ll also have an opportunity to apply and embed your new skills whilst on the course.

How Will This Course Help To Advance Your Career

Organisations are using the power of Big Data Visualisation to identify patterns and new business opportunities ahead of the market. If you’re looking to gain skills in structuring, designing and interpreting data to maximise business intelligence and ensure effective decision-making, this course is for you. It will enable you to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge base and so stand out in an ever-growing field.

On completion of this course, you will have covered:

  • The history of data visualisation
  • How visual perception works
  • Visual design theory
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Different types of charts
  • The meaning of Big Data
  • Visual design skills
  • Creating basic visualisations with D3.js./HTML/CSS/SVG
  • Basic understanding of statistical methods
  • Using Tableau to create data visualisation

On completion of this course, you will have created the following assets:

  • An infographic based around statistics provided
  • A visualisation dashboard using Tableau

Essential Requirements

  • An interest in design
  • An awareness of visualisation tools

As part of our application process, you will also take a simple, online suitability assessment for your chosen course. Based on your answers, this will confirm that you have the skills and experience required for a successful outcome.

11 hours (comprising a weekly average of 5.5 taught hours plus 5.5 additional hours on average for self-study, research and group work)

You will be given a number of course-specific assignments that both reinforce the learning and give you work-based experience of applying your new skills. All assignments are subject to a rigorous assessment framework. Assessments for this specific course include a weekly quiz, low and hi-fi wireframes, a prototype and a video.

Key Benefits Of Online Short Courses

Learn Through Work-Based Experience

You’ll be working on assignments and projects, including the development of your own web service, that present work-based strategic business challenges and demanding customer requirements.

Build A Compelling Portfolio

Whether you’re looking to accelerate your career or perhaps preparing for your next career move, you’ll complete the course with a cutting-edge portfolio to help you reach your career aspirations.

Reinforce The Learning

Our Live Syncs and Mentoring sessions enable you to tap into the knowledge of our lecturers in real-time and support your development of invaluable group-working skills.

Learn From The Experts

All Digital Skills Academy lecturers blend academic excellence with professional experience. Their knowledge and skills have been applied and stress-tested over many years in the real world.

Enjoy The Learning Experience

Digital Skills Academy short courses are based on a proven, flexible learning methodology. You’ll be able to access your courses anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone. 

Peer Learning

You’ll be part of an online international community of fellow working professionals. You’ll benefit from the advice, support, insights and experiences shared by your peers from across the globe.

Who Our Participants Work For
Participants represent a significant cross-section of global brands from a wide mix of industries, including the following:

What Our Participants Say About Digital Skills Academy Programmes

“From a skills point of view, I was relatively up-to-date with how fast technology changes, but the course helped me focus on the core skills and tech that I needed to fit into a company like IBM Design, which designs enterprise software on a global scale.” - Patrick Joseph Whelahan, Digital Skills Academy Participant

Frequently Asked Questions

How much existing knowledge of data visualisation do I require?

We assume that participants have no prior knowledge of either design or data visualisation. The course is ideal as a practical introduction but also includes tips and insights to someone who wants to build on their existing experience.

Do I need any specialist software?

Participants will be provided with licences for Tableau and InVision for the duration of the course, powerful data visualisation applications that will enable them to create insightful and impressive visualisations without coding.

How technical does it get?

Although no prior knowledge is assumed, the technical content increases towards the end of the course, when we tackle D3.js. The purpose here is to allow participants to get acquainted with a widely popular library. Through those units we will explain front-end web development concepts on the assumption that participants have no prior knowledge in this field.

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