Move beyond basic data analytics and apply the working knowledge of SQL to query and transform a database.

SQL for Data Analysis
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    4 hours
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Do you want to expand your career options?

The demand for data analysis skills is projected to grow at over four times the rate of the overall labour market. Expand your career options and earning potential by improving your knowledge and skills in this area.

This course builds on the previous two within this Data Analysis for Business ExpertTrack to round off your knowledge and prepare you to use these skills in a professional environment.

Filter and aggregate data with basic SQL queries

Expand your SQL knowledge to group and modify functions that appear within your database.

Understanding these queries will allow you to hone in on specific parts of your data set and carry out deeper interrogation of your business analytics.

Differentiate between correlation and causation

It’s impossible to deduce a causal relationship between two variables purely based on the association.

On this course, you’ll learn the difference between correlation and causation, and the potential pitfalls in making assumptions in this area. You will then explore ways to draw firmer conclusions from your data.

Calculate correlation using Pearson’s coefficient

You’ll explore techniques to measure relationships between items within your datasets, including Pearson’s coefficient which measures linear correlation between two data variables.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to using SQL
  • More advanced SQL skills
  • Diagnostic analytics and relationships in data
  • Communicating findings of data analysis

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the correct syntax for basics SQL queries (filter, aggregate)
  • Identify the correct join type to use
  • Calculate correlation using Pearson's coefficient
  • Differentiate between correlation and causation

Who is the course for?

This course is for professionals who require data analytics skills in the workplace including:

  • Early-stage or aspiring data or business analysts looking to boost their qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills.
  • Business professionals working in a role that requires data analytics skills.
  • Business or arts graduates looking to start their first professional role by adding required quantitative skills such as data analysis.

What software or tools do you need?

During the course we’ll be using DB Browser for SQLite and Excel. If you don’t have Excel, you might find this online version useful.

We recommend you use a computer to access this course.

Who will you learn with?

As a certified Data Analyst and holder of a Chartered Global Management Accountant designation I provide a unique set of skills in the fields of data, analytics, finance, and accounting.

Who developed the course?

FutureLearn

FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last eight years.

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About this ExpertTrack

Build your business analytics skills and learn to manage, wrangle, and analyse data with Excel and SQLite.

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  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
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  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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