Business Analytics online short course

Course starts 23 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
17 November 2020
Course Starts:
23 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


The transformative power of data and analytics has never been more important than it is today. Companies increasingly need to deliver insights on customer experience and business trends in order to remain competitive in the market.

The Business Analytics online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to equip you with advanced data analysis techniques to support business decision-making and critical thinking in times of ambiguity and uncertainty.

This course focuses on practical business application by showing you how to harness data visualisation and storytelling to interpret number sets, identify patterns, and uncover business trends critical to driving growth in your organisation.

By practically engaging with various analytical tools (such as SQL and Tableau, as well as Python on an introductory level), this course will empower you to tap into the power of business intelligence to transform your data and deliver actionable insights.

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What will set you apart

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

  • The ability to use business intelligence tools like Tableau to effectively communicate and present actionable insights across your organisation

  • Data analysis and business analytics skills that you can apply to drive decision-making

  • The expertise to create real business value through data visualisation and storytelling

  • An understanding of the basics of performing data analysis using Python*

* While you will gain exposure to Python throughout this course, it will not be graded.

Is this course for you? 

As this is an advanced course, it’s ideal for practicing analysts who want to update their knowledge, grow their careers, and improve their ability to impact business decisions with data insights. It’s also designed for those who aspire to become data scientists, and for managers and senior decision makers who want to learn how to leverage data to make informed choices and add more value to their organisation. While there are no prerequisites for this course, it’s recommended that students have a basic understanding of statistics and analytics before registering. Notably, students will engage with and run code via an IDE notebook, but won’t have to write code themselves.

Course curriculum

Explore data analysis techniques, tools, and platforms as you work through the weekly modules of this online short 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 your business intelligence

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop the ability to apply analysis techniques to business scenarios in order to inform your business 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, Department of Statistical Sciences, Faculty of Science, 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

Develop skills in business analytics and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

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 23 November 2020.

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    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.


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