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Data to Insight: An Introduction to Data Analysis

A hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis and visualisation emphasizing key ideas and analytic tools.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • 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, quizzes)
  • 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

Why join the course?

Organisations everywhere want to exploit data to predict behaviours and extract valuable real-world insights; speaking of big data, data science, business intelligence, analytics, and data mining. You will focus on data exploration and discovery, learning what to look for in data, its limitations and avoiding being misled. Our visualisations will help you gain skills quickly, and introduce you to the big ideas that will help you to start understanding our world through data. We want to give you the confidence to dive into data using computer software and to start thinking like a statistician.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Data and its organisation
  • Basic statistics
  • Working with many variables simultaneously
  • Sources of error and misconception
  • Confidence intervals
  • Statistical tests via randomisation
  • Seasonal decomposition and forecasting

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

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

Who is the course for?

This course is suited to those new to these areas and those wanting a reminder and fresh perspectives. You will need to be comfortable thinking in terms of percentages, have a level of comfort with using computers.

What software or tools do you need?

We use free software. Parallel threads enable you to choose between using online software that requires only an internet connection and browser, installed “point-and-click” software, or learning to code in R.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you for this course, I have learned a lot. I found the blend of developing in depth understanding of theory and usable practical visualisation tools and methods really good. I'll certainly be using some of the techniques in my work, and the understanding that has been developed will be invaluable. Thanks again!

Oliver Quinlan

Thanks very much to the team for this course. It's taken me a while to get round to completing, but I've already been using the skills (and Insight!) in my job and this has inspired me to think about going on to study statistics further.

Rosie Storarr

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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • 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, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

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

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

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.

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