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Introduction to Microsoft Power BI COMP 2156

Computer Systems Course

Course details

​Power BI is a Microsoft collection of tools and an analytics service for data visualization and business intelligence reporting. BCIT Computing offers a series of MS Power Bi courses. COMP 2156 is a hands-on intro course designed for database professionals, data analysts, business analysts and managers. It follows on from COMP 2362 or COMP 2364, it assumes that students have an understanding of statistics for data analysis and advanced functions of MS Excel. Students begin with a brief introduction to the building blocks of Microsoft Power BI and its related services. They are shown how to get a variety of data into the Power BI Desktop from multiple sources. In class labs and exercises focus on how to model, explore, clean and transform simple data for business reports. Topics include: Data Analysis Expressions, DAX, relationships and Data Visualization. Labs and assignments are designed to provide best practices that can be transferred to the workplace. Participants must provide their own current model PC capable of running Windows 10 and MS Excel, with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB minimum RAM, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. COMP 2156 is an elective in several BCIT Computing credentials including the CST Diploma (FLEX), and a required course in the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC). By the end of this course successful students will be able use the Power BI unified analytics platform to build and publish high quality dashboards to the web. They will be prepared to move on to the next level COMP 3156 –MS Power BI Optimization and COMP 3157–MS Power BI Advanced Data Visualization.

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

1.5

Cost

$352.69

Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below are three offerings of COMP 2156 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88493

Duration

Fri Feb 24 - Fri Mar 31 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 88493
  • $352.69
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 24 - Mar 31 Fri 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Instructor

Ahmad Chamy

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$352.69

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Please email cstpts@bcit.ca for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Course is 18 hours synchronous online classes. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

CRN 88354

Duration

Tue Jan 10 - Tue Feb 14 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 88354
  • $352.69
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Feb 14 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online
Instructor

Wouter De Raeve

Course outline

View

Cost

$352.69

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Please email cstpts@bcit.ca for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Course is 18 hours synchronous online classes. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

In Progress and Full

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 87599

Duration

Fri Jan 13 - Fri Feb 17 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 87599
  • $352.69
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 13 - Feb 17 Fri 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Instructor

Ahmad Chamy

Course outline

View

Cost

$352.69

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Please email cstpts@bcit.ca for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Course is 18 hours synchronous online classes. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe MS Power BI and its components.
  • Explore different data connections to multiple sources, local, and online.
  • Extract, Load & Transform Data into Power BI Desktop using Power Query.
  • Describe at a foundational level how Power BI data models are created.
  • Create and understand different visualizations and dashboards in MS Power BI.
  • Tell the data story to engage stakeholders to bring insights from data visualizations.
  • Publish MS Power BI dashboards to a Power BI Service.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Introduction to Microsoft Power BI (COMP 2156) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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

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