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COMP 2256 - Visual Analytics for Business Intelligence with Tableau

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

Learn to become a better data analyst who is able to communicate Business Intelligence visually. This hands-on course replaces COMP 2255 and is designed for database professionals, data analysts, business analysts and managers, who want to learn to analyze and visualize data from a variety of sources. Starting off with a foundation in data visualization techniques and principles effective data analysis techniques, industry standard visualization best practices are discussed. Through hands-on labs, assignments and projects, participants learn how to build insightful and interactive dashboards from a variety of data sources. There is an overview of current analytics tools however the focus of this course is the correct use of Tableau software products. In addition to presenting compelling visuals for Business Intelligence, exercises and assignments cover Tableau Dashboard performance considerations. Students registered in COMP 2256 will receive a student license for Tableau software for their home machines for the duration of the course and have access to a Tableau Certified Professional. This course is an elective in four School of Computing and Academic Studies credential programs; Applied Computer Applications (ACA), Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS), Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) and Technical Writing. By the end of this course, successful participants will become better communicators who are able to produce highly interactive graphs, reports and dashboards that access and visualize data from a multitude of sources.

Prerequisite(s)

COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge, plus a working knowledge of MS Excel.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$534.00

Spring/Summer 2017

Below are two offerings of this course for the Spring/Summer 2017 term.

CRN 62415

Fri Apr 07 - Fri Jun 30 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 07 - Jun 30 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Rm. 360

Instructor

Donabel Santos

Course Outline

Cost

$534.00

Notes

  1. No class April 14 (Easter).

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

In Progress and Full

CRN 63953

Thu May 11 - Thu Jul 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
May 11 - Jul 27 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SE12 Rm. 301

Instructor

Dave Weaver

Course Outline

Cost

$534.00

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

In Progress

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss increasing importance of analytics and visualization in today's data-prevalent markets.
  • Explain data visualization principles and guidelines for effective analysis and presentation.
  • Explore and compare different visualization tools available in the market.
  • Use different Tableau Desktop Interface components.
  • Practice different ways of connecting and integrating data in Tableau Desktop.
  • Create and understand different visualizations possible in Tableau.
  • Create compelling and interactive dashboards from multiple worksheets.
  • Incorporate geospatial visualization (maps) in dashboards.
  • Use basic and advanced calculations.
  • Explore statistical functions and forecasting capabilities.
  • Incorporate filters and parameters for interactivity and usability.
  • Publish dashboards to Tableau Public.

Effective as of Winter 2014

Related Programs

COMP 2256 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Applied Computer Applications (ACA)
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  3. Applied Data Analytics
    Part-time   Certificate
  4. Applied Database Administration and Design
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  5. Computer Systems
    Part-time   Diploma
  6. Technical Writing
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit bcit.ca/bookstore for more information.

Spring/Summer 2017

Books for Spring/Summer 2017 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore

If you are taking this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore.

Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Cookbook
Author Donabel Santos
Publisher Packt Publishing
Copyright 2017
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-78646-563-4
Price $63.50
Required

Learning Tableau
Author Joshua N. Milligan
Publisher Packt Publishing
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-78439-116-4
Price $87.95
Optional

Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis
Author Stephen Few
Publisher Analytics Press
Copyright 2009
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-0-97060-198-8
Price $46.50
Optional

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Cookbook
Author Donabel Santos
Publisher Packt Publishing
Copyright 2017
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-78646-563-4
Price $63.50
Required

Learning Tableau
Author Joshua N. Milligan
Publisher Packt Publishing
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-78439-116-4
Price $87.95
Optional

Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis
Author Stephen Few
Publisher Analytics Press
Copyright 2009
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-0-97060-198-8
Price $46.50
Optional

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