Data becomes valuable when it allows us to make decisions or take action in the real world, which is why the data science and data analytics sector is expected to grow to an industry worth around $103B by 2023! This course is ideal for anyone who works with data – from data scientists to those working in organisations where data is your (virtual) best friend!
Data-Driven Decision Makingis an online program that will teach you how to identify, scope and validate data for effective decision-making.
In this professional development course, you will study how to frame opportunities, work with data and guide the analysis for effective decision-making.
You will also learn how to motivate action with a compelling data-driven story, and prepare impactful presentations and position powerful messages to drive business action, including from key decision-makers.
On completion of this course, you will know how to tidy, harvest, wrangle, interpret and explain data to inform your decision-making processes and therefore influence others.
Unit 1 - Framing opportunities for effective data-driven decision making
Effective data-driven decision making
Documenting an opportunity
Desired business outcome
Focus resources on the right analysis
How to frame a problem
Asking the right questions
Steps for testing and validating assumptions
Creating an initial problem statement
Refining and finalising problem statements
Unit 2 - Working with data for effective decision making
Distinguish between common data categories
Identify, scope and validating data
Identifying key data needs
Data sets that may be obtained from each data location
Data standards considerations
Unit 3 - Guiding the analysis for effective data-driven decision making
Selecting an appropriate analysis methods
Effective data-driven decision making
Solving your identified problems
Distinguish between reporting and analysis
Four common analytics categories
Four business intelligence classes
Determining an appropriate analysis type
Evaluating and refining an analysis
Testing analysis results
Unit 4 - Motivating action with a compelling and data-driven story
Persuading and enabling company leadership
Making smart, informed and intentional decisions
Elements of an empathy map
Components of a compelling story
Motivating action among key stakeholders
Evaluating your storyboard for effectiveness
Unit 5 - Preparing impactful presentations that drive decision makers to action
Different output types
Presenting various levels of detail
What to include in your presentation
Effective labelling in presentations
Repetition types used in presentations
Relatable presentation material
Unit 6 - Positioning powerful messages to enable action
Delivering a succinct, clear, and compelling message
Making sure you have all the facts
Focusing your presentation for effective delivery
Adapting a presentation to suit target audiences
Three key roles to position analytic efforts for success
Effective analysis stories that enable a call to action
Mitigate risk to your analytics efforts
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to ensure your competency is industry relevant. You will not be benchmarked against other students.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
In this course, you will be assessed via multiple-choice questions to determine your mastery of details and specific knowledge gained during your studies to achieve a ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ result.
Benefits of Multiple-Choice Assessments
Appropriate for assessing students’ mastery of details and specific knowledge.
Can be used to assess both simple knowledge and complex concepts.
Questions can be answered quickly to accurately assess a students’ mastery of many topics relatively quickly.
Assessment can be quickly and reliably scored to achieve a ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ result.
As the answers are visible, multiple-choice questions offer the opportunity for the continuation of the learning process, offering educational value.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 20 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, transcripts of video lectures and other learning resources are available for printing via our elearning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.