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Data to Insight: an Introduction to Data Analysis

A hands-on introduction to analysing and visualising data in pursuit of real-world insights.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Data to Insight: an Introduction to Data Analysis

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Gain useful practical and thinking skills in data analysis efficiently

Organisations around the world are collecting more data than ever. They are talking about big data, data science, business intelligence, analytics, data mining and data visualisation.They want to extract insights from data about their worlds and make predictions to inform their decisions.

This is an introduction to statistical data analysis and data visualisation for those new to the subject as well as those wanting a fresh perspective. We focus on exploration of data and discovery, the limitations of data, avoiding being misled, and learning to think like a statistician.

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When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Explore fundamental statistical concepts
  • Create visual and numerical representations of data
  • Interpret data analysis outputs
  • Discuss possible interpretations of statistical data

Who is the course for?

Participants ranging from total beginners to experienced PhD researchers have completed and enjoyed this course. It assumes very little experience with statistical ideas and concepts. You will need to be comfortable thinking in terms of percentages and have a level of familiarity with computers that having learned to do basic things in Microsoft Excel would provide.

What software or tools do you need?

You need either a computer you can install free software on (e.g. iNZight, or R), or even just an internet connection and a modern web browser.

Who will you learn with?

Chris Wild

Lead educator for “Data to Insight”, Chris Wild’s interests are data from complex sampling, statistical thinking and reasoning processes, and visualisation See: https://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~wild

Tracey Meek

I helped design the Data to Insight Course and am passionate about accessibility to quality education for all.

Who developed the course?

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the only one included in the Times Higher Education top 200.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For £59 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose take to a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.