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Evidence and Data Collection for Problem Solving

Find out how to harness the power of data to help you make better business decisions.

16,934 enrolled on this course

Evidence and Data Collection for Problem Solving
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree
This course is part of the Solving Problems with Technology program, which will enable you to learn how to use technology to find effective resolutions to digital problems .

Discover how data can be used to solve problems and make decisions

As the digital world plays an increasingly large role in our daily lives, so too does the use of data.

On this course, you’ll be introduced to key data concepts as you learn how to solve simple, everyday problems using data.

You’ll discover data ethics and the restrictions that exist in using other people’s data. You’ll also learn how to present data in a meaningful way that’s easy to understand through data visualisation techniques.

To give real-world context to your learning, you’ll examine these data concepts through the case study of a small business owner.


  • Week 1

    What is data?

    • Welcome to the course

      In these steps, you will find out what you’ll be learning this week and who will be guiding you through the course.

    • Garbage in, garbage out: the importance of interpretation

      In this activity, you will learn some key terms, and explore the relationship between people and data – who works with data today, and the history of data.

    • Using data to solve problems

      This activity will look at how people use data in their work, and the benefits that working with data bring them.

    • Datasets and interpretation

      In this activity you’ll discover how to work with data sets, and how to interpret simple data.

    • Summary

      You’ve reached the end of Week 1. In this activity you’ll reflect on what you’ve covered so far.

  • Week 2

    Using data

    • Welcome to Week 2

      This week you’ll explore how you can work ethically and legally with data, produce a plan to solve a problem with data and evidence, and use visualisation techniques to make data easier to understand.

    • Data and ethics

      In this activity, you will consider how working with data has legal and ethical dimensions.

    • Planning to solve a problem with evidence and data

      In this activity you will produce a plan to solve a problem with evidence and data, get feedback from other learners, and give feedback on someone else’s plan.

    • The role of visualisation techniques when using data

      Presenting your evidence and data well helps you make convincing arguments. These steps explore the tools and techniques you can use to help visualise your data and results.

    • Summary

      You’ve nearly reached the end of the course, so these steps will help you reflect on what you’ve learned.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the difference between data, metadata and knowledge
  • Summarise how data is used to solve problems
  • Interpret trends and analyse patterns from a dataset
  • Debate the ethical considerations of data collection
  • Produce a plan to solve a problem with evidence and data
  • Apply a simple visualisation technique to make data easier to understand and work with

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who have digital skills but would like to build confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.

This may include those studying for A-levels, those who have a degree, or those who want to improve their career prospects.

The course will also be useful for anyone in employment who wants to boost their digital skills or anyone returning to the workplace who’d like to gain confidence in how working practices have evolved.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Digital Skills for the Workplace collection from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a creative digital producer and product manager, and helped establish the National Film and Television School’s first digital producing course. I have a secret double life as an artist.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.


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What's included?

University of Leeds are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible