Business Analytics online short course

Course starts 16 March 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
10 March 2020
Course Starts:
16 March 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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The growth of available data is exponential, and competitive advantage today is won by organisations that can use big data sets to make meaningful business decisions and engage with their clients most effectively. A study by IBM suggested that we will need a further 28 per cent more data scientists worldwide by 2020 to cope with this increased need.1

The Business Analytics online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) will enable aspiring and functional analysts, and business decision makers, to improve their business intelligence capabilities by teaching them to extract insights from data to inform decision-making.

1IBM (2017).

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of completion from UCT in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Analyse the insights extracted from data to improve business intelligence capabilities and decision-making

  • Use Tableau to explore data visualisation and storytelling

  • Explore Python and its uses in performing different types of statistical techniques

  • Apply statistical analysis methods to different data sets and interpret the outcomes in different contexts

  • Evaluate the results of an analysis of a business context in a final report

Course curriculum

Understand data analytics and its applications for business as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Business Analytics and Data Visualisation
  • Module 2 Business Intelligence and Data Storytelling
  • Module 3 Factor Analysis
  • Module 4 Cluster Analysis
  • Module 5 Multiple Regression
  • Module 6 Logistic Regression
  • Module 7 Classification Trees
  • Module 8 Business Analysis and the
    Future of Data Analytics

Visualise, analyse, and evaluate data analytics to improve business intelligence

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop an understanding of how to apply statistical techniques to real-life business scenarios in order to inform decision-making and strategy.

Your Course Convenors

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

Dr Adheesh Budree

Dr Adheesh Budree

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Commerce at UCT

Specialising in e-commerce, the economics of technology, disruptive innovation, and ICT4D, Budree holds a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, an MSc in financial economics from the University of London, a Postgrad Certificate in environmental economics from Rhodes University, a Diploma in business analysis from FTI, a BSc Hons in information systems from UNISA, and a BSc computer science and business information systems from the University of Natal.


Şebnem Er

Şebnem Er

Statistics Lecturer, Faculty of Commerce at UCT

Er has a BSc degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University of Turkey (ITU), and a PhD in quantitative methods from Istanbul University. Er’s PhD thesis, entitled “Dynamic Panel Data Analysis and the Determinants of Stock Returns in Turkish Manufacturing Sector”, addresses the issue of the applicability of efficient market theory to the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) market.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from UCT – and use it to set yourself apart as you gain skills to analyse insights extracted from data to inform business intelligence.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 16 March 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 Manager 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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.