This course introduces students to the concepts of big data and visualisation and how this is used for decision making. It explores the industry software solutions available to investigate and present data, before assessing the role and responsibility of data specialists in this current environment. Topics including data driven decision-making, manipulating data and automation, and building ethics into a data-driven culture are examined. Students will demonstrate their use of tools and software to manipulate and prepare a visual presentation for a given data set. They will also assess how data specialists are responsible for adhering to legislation and ensuring data compliance.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to investigate the value of data for decision making to both end users and organisations, compare how different industry leading tools and software solutions are used to analyse and visualise data, carry-out queries to summarise and group a given data set and analyse the challenges faced when building ethics into a data-driven culture. Students will have the opportunity to progress to a range of roles within the digital sector, and will develop industry-led skills, analysis, and interpretation, which are crucial for developing practical experiences with big data and gaining employment.