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COMP 2256 - Introduction to Visual Analytics with Tableau

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This hands-on course is designed for database professionals, data analysts, business analysts and managers, who want to analyze and visualize data from a variety of sources. Students begin with a foundation in data visualization techniques and principles. Effective data analysis techniques, and industry standard best practices are discussed. Through hands-on labs, assignments, projects and group work, participants learn how to build insightful and interactive dashboards. Participants learn to present compelling visuals via lab exercises and assignments. Tableau dashboard performance considerations are discussed. 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 subject matter expert with industry experience. This course is an elective in five School of Computing and Academic Studies credential programs; Computer Systems Technology Diploma (CST/PTS), Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS), Applied Computer Applications (ACA), Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) and Technical Writing. COMP 2256 is a requirement for the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC). A project presentation is required and designed to help the students become better communicators. By the end of this course successful participants will be able to produce highly interactive graphs, reports and dashboards that access and visualize data from a multiple sources.

Prerequisite(s)

COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge, plus a working knowledge of MS Excel. We recommend that students working toward a Computing credential complete COMP 1630 first.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$545.00

Fall 2017

Below are three offerings of this course for the Fall 2017 term.

CRN 44165

Wed Sep 20 - Wed Dec 06 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 20 - Dec 06 Wed 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Rm. 364

Instructor

Andrew Drinkwater

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$545.00

CRN 42218

Thu Sep 21 - Thu Dec 07 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 21 - Dec 07 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SE12 Rm. 322

Instructor

Patrick Lougheed

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$545.00

CRN 41059

Fri Sep 15 - Fri Dec 01 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Rm. 371

Instructor

Donabel Santos

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$545.00

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

Full

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss the increasing importance of analytics and visualization in data prevalent markets.
  • Explain data visualization principles and guidelines for effective analysis and presentation.
  • Describe different Tableau Desktop Interface components.
  • Practice different ways of connecting and integrating data in Tableau Desktop.
  • Create and understand different visualizations using Tableau.
  • Develop compelling and interactive dashboards and stories from multiple worksheets.
  • Incorporate geospatial visualization (maps) in Tableau dashboards.
  • Use basic and advanced calculations in Tableau.
  • Explore Tableau’s statistical functions and forecasting capabilities.
  • Incorporate Tableau filters and highlight parameters for interactivity and usability.
  • Publish Tableau dashboards.

Effective as of Fall 2017

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.

Fall 2017

Books for Fall 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
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Ebook Learning Tableau (365 Days)
Author Milligan
Binding Digital Version
ISBN 978-1-78439-434-9
Price $52.95
Optional

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

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