Data Analysis online short course

Course starts 19 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
13 October 2020
Course Starts:
19 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–11 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


With more and more businesses relying on statistical analysis to drive decision-making, the ability to extract meaning from data has become a highly valued skill. Data analysts play a key role in helping business leaders make informed choices, distinguish between effective and ineffective practices, cut costs, and solve key problems – they are, therefore, an integral part of any successful organisational team.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Data Analysis online short course will introduce you to the fundamentals of data analysis, and familiarise you with how data is collected, stored, organised, analysed, and interpreted. You’ll practice data analysis techniques on real-world data sets, and walk away with practical skills that you can apply immediately in your organisation to address specific business needs in the areas of finance, sales, marketing, operational management and human resource management.


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What will set you apart

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

  • An understanding of how data analysis can be used to address a wide variety of business needs
  • A theoretical grasp of databases, and familiarity with a range of different data analysis techniques
  • The practical skills to sort, manipulate, analyse, visualise, and interpret data using Microsoft Excel

Is this course for you?

Anyone interested in moving into the realm of data analytics will find this online short course useful. The content is geared towards those eager to update their skill sets to remain relevant, as well as established professionals looking to unlock new opportunities within or outside their current organisations. Those who already work with data will learn how to better leverage it to achieve results and drive growth. Students will need access to Microsoft Excel to complete the practical components of the course.

Course curriculum

Learn how to use and act on data sets as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus 
  • Module 1 Fundamentals of data-driven decision-making
  • Module 2 Research questions for data analysis
  • Module Organising data in Microsoft Excel  
  • Module 4 Statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel
  • Module 5 Interpretation of Outcomes
  • Module 6 Data Presentation and Visualisation
  • Module 7 Introduction to Databases and SQL
  • Module 8 Looking towards the future

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.

Irwin Brown

Irwin Brown

Head, Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Commerce, UCT


Leanne Scott

Leanne Scott

Associate Professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences, UCT

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Acquire data analysis skills 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 19 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.