Data Analysis and Visualization online short course

Course starts 7 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
7 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $2,000
Payment Options
Rice's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies


As the increase in data changes the way in which organizations operate, professionals with a hybrid blend of analytical skills and domain-specific expertise are required in order to drive data-driven business decisions.

In the Rice University Data Analysis and Visualization online short course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to effectively analyze, visualize and communicate data insights within your organization.

This online short course will provide you with valuable insight into how to navigate technical tools such as Tableau, SQL and VBA. You’ll learn to harness the fundamentals of data analysis such as advanced Excel functions, databases, and practical statistics.

By gaining insights from the data and visualizing the findings, you’ll learn to communicate effectively with stakeholders through data storytelling.

A basic proficiency in Excel is recommended, and while there are no prerequisites for this course, it’s recommended that students have a basic understanding of SQL before registering.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to apply the fundamentals of data analysis and effectively visualize data

  • The knowledge needed to communicate the results of your data analyses to business stakeholders through storytelling

  • An understanding of sophisticated and in-demand tools such as Tableau, SQL, and VBA

  • The skills needed to identify methods to automate data analysis task

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for professionals in data-driven roles, for decision makers who need to leverage data effectively, and for those interested in moving into these spaces. Functional analysts will further their ability to inform specific functions and business decisions, while managers will benefit from the ability to use analytics tools in their decision-making. Any professional interested in taking the first steps towards an analytical role will also benefit from a new understanding of data analysis and visualization.

Course curriculum

Learn about the fundamentals of data analysis and discover the tools needed to effectively communicate data findings within your organization as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1  Data analysis and visualization tools
  • Module 2  Answering practical business questions
  • Module 3  SQL and relational databases
  • Module 4  Practical statistics
  • Module 5  Predictive analytics
  • Module 6  Data communication, ethics and regulations
  • Module 7  Tableau and data storytelling
  • Module 8  Automating data analysis tasks using VBA

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

A Collaborative Experience

This Rice University online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you extract and prepare data for analysis, and interpret the results through visualization and storytelling to inform business decisions.

Your Academic Director

The design of this online course is guided by Rice University instructors and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Cam Kirkland

Camden Kirkland

Academic Director

Mr. Kirkland received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Houston and has gone on to become a Lead Instructor at both Trilogy Education Services and Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He has experience as a specialist in web development and data analytics, and has a background in electrochemistry. Mr. Kirkland previously worked as a Chemist at Doble Engineering before becoming an instructor. He currently teaches Data Analytics and Financial Technologies at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Earn a Certificate of Professional Achievement From Rice University

Develop the skills to successfully analyze, process, visualize, and extract value from data and earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 7 October 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.