Learn to use the latest visual analytics tools, one course at a time
Data Visualization with MS Power BI is a microcredential aimed at those with no prior experience in data modeling. Students will be introduced to data visualization tools by industry experts.
These courses require strong Windows 11 computer use skills, the prerequisite for all COMP courses is completion of COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of PC file management.
Visualization tools help decision-makers quickly view patterns and trends. Participants learn to model and analyze data with graphical representations.
Data visualization starts with COMP 2364 – Microsoft Excel. Upon successful completing this first step, students will be experts in using spreadsheets and able to prepare data for analysis.
The second step is COMP 2156 – Introduction to Microsoft Power BI, where they learn best practices, how to build dashboards, and present data visually.
They are then prepared to move on to more advanced MS Power Bi courses. Students may choose from one of these two electives, to complete this microcredential.
Earning badges and this microcredential
Starting September 2023 upon successful completion, students may apply for a digital badge for each of COMP 2364, COMP 2156 and COMP 3156 and COMP 3157.
These microcredential badges contain embedded data, including the competencies assessed. A badge may be linked to an online resume, website or social media platform.
Some students may also want to complete COMP 2256 – Introduction to Visual Analytics with Tableau, and earn an independent 4th related badge.
Please be sure to read our Computing Flexible Learning Student Guide (specifically page 5) for workload expectations.
These are post-secondary, and for credit courses, so there are attendance requirements and significant homework outside each class.
These COMP courses also count for credit in several BCIT Computing Flexible learning programs, including Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS), and Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) Associate Certificates, as well as the Applied Data Analytics (ADAC) Certificate and Computer Systems (CST FLEX) Diploma.
Start with just one course COMP 2364 – Microsoft Excel.
BCIT Computing provides students with career-ready skills
- Completion of COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of PC file management.
For the first three (3) Microsoft related COMP courses, please budget approximately $1,300 for tuition. The Tableau course will be an additional $ 600.
BCIT Computing Flexible Learning courses are delivered by subject matter experts with industry experience.
Our data visualization instructor and advisory team includes: Ahmad Chamy, Diana Gerrard, Donabel Santos, Joanne Atha, and Wouter De Raeve.
Proposals for this program were developed by Cynthia van Ginkel, Business Development Manager for the School of Computing and Academic Studies.
Administrative student support is provided by Karen Lee, with program operations by Joanne Atha, Coordinator for BCIT Computing Flexible Learning. Donna Turner is the Associate Dean for Computing and Technical Professional Programs.
This Data Visualization with MS Power BI microcredential was developed as a sub-set of the Applied Data Analytic (ADAC) Certificate created by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing Flexible Learning and Industry Training.
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