Data Foundations

Data is everywhere and is always being collected, which can be very intimidating.  This course will help you learn the basics of data so that you are able to remove any fear and replace it with knowledge on how to leverage data to make decisions and inform. Learn about all the places that data can be gathered, as well as how to manipulate, analyze and visualize it. No matter which industry or project you want to apply data analysis to, knowing the basics will help give you an advantage over the competition.

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Business Analysis Certificate
Data Analysis Certificate


Corey  Fritsch

Corey Fritsch

Corey Fritsch is an experienced data analyst with a passion for continued learning and research. Fritsch is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Statistics and Measurement at UW-Milwaukee, as well as graduate certificates in Applied Data Analysis and ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  1. Obtain, manipulate and clean data
  2. Analyze and interpret data to create information and knowledge
  3. Visualize and communicate your data in a meaningful manner

Course Outline/Topics


Introduction to data analysis

  • What is data
  • Transition from data to information to knowledge
  • How data and statistics can be used to inform
  • How data is used in the world
  • Difference between data analysis, data analytics and data science
  • Where you can gather data from

Types of data

  • Quantitative vs qualitative
  • Subjective vs objective
  • Structured vs unstructured

Big Data

  • What defines Big Data
  • Who is using Big Data to drive decision making
  • How Big Data affects your life

Data cleanup and manipulation

  • What is messy data
  • What is missing data
  • Cleanup procedures

Data analysis

  • Descriptive analytics
  • Predictive analytics
  • Prescriptive analytics

Data visualization

  • Examples of data visualization
  • How it can be used to drive decision making
  • Charts
  • Infographics
  • Dashboards
  • Storytelling


"The instructor was amazing and kept us engaged the entire class."  —  Case Manager, 2018

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Wed-Thu, Sept 18-19

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Corey Fritsch

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, CDUs: 14, PDUs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5027-11926

Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 18

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