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Data Ethics

It is the responsibility of the professional working with data to ensure the validity and quality of the data used in any analysis. Through this course, you learn the power and responsibility that comes with researching, interpreting and communicating data and how the lack of respect for ethics in data can bring down any organization. Dig deeper into privacy concerns, regulatory data usage, data footprint development, artificial intelligence and the impact of data breaches.


This course can be applied to the Data Analysis Certificate.


Christine Sigrist, EdM

Christine Sigrist, EdM

Christine Sigrist is the program manager for several areas within the UWM School of Continuing Education including data analysis, digital marketing, business analysis and technology. Prior to joining UWM, Christine worked in software development, healthcare, financial services, public health and ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to define and identify ethical concerns in data.
  • Be aware of the various data laws
  • Understand data governance in analytics
  • Apply such knowledge to ensure the validity of analytic interpretation

Course Outline/Topics

  1. What is ethics?
    1. Define ethics in data
    2. Usage in analytics
  2. Data regulations and compliance
    1. Introduction to various regulatory agencies and their functions
    2. Regulatory compliance applications
  3.  Privacy
    1. Data collection
    2. Data usage
    3. Data sharing
    4. Case study: Data behavior monitoring system
  4. Data governance
    1. What is data governance?
    2. Why is this important?
  5. Data breach impact
    1. Case study: Data security
  6.  Application
    1. Stay abreast of industry regulations
    2. Scrutinize data sources
    3. Proper interpretation of trends and statistics
    4. Consequences
    5. Class examples


"I really liked this course. Good conversations and so thought provoking! I love these courses that give me new topics to research and dig into further."  —  Course participant, May 2021

"Excellent course. Perfect class size. Zoom is great. Sherri was excellent. She is passionate – provided real examples and kept us engaged."  —  Cynthia McPhedran, MGIC, October 2020

"This class was great! I enjoyed the content, the instructor, and way the material was presented. I liked that it wasn’t just lecture, but included the chance to read articles and discuss them. Adding the podcasts and the video was also good – it helped keep us engaged."  —  Course participant, October 2020

"I liked how it incorporated current relevant topics, such as “The Social Dilemma” from Netflix. I also actually like that there were only six students as it made it easier to have discussions and allowed everyone to participate."  —  Course participant

"I thought the course was very engaging and Sherri did an excellent job discussing what can be a very mundane topic. The course structure was good and the length of the course was appropriate."  —  Course participant, October 2020

"The instructor was absolutely STELLAR! Her expertise, knowledge, professionalism and presentation skills were simply world class! I especially appreciated the time set aside to create a plan to apply what was learned to my current job role. Truly one of my favorite courses taken thus far. My only suggestion would be to offer this course earlier for those taking the Data Analyst Certification."  —  Yolanda Rivera, Milwaukee College Prep Schools, May 2019

"I thought that this course was a good addition to the certificate program. Whereas “data ethics” is sometimes treated as an obligatory section of an analytics course or book, or worse an afterthought this course allowed for an extended treatment. And although data ethics can be a whole area of study in and of itself with entire corporate departments devoted to it I thought the length of the course was appropriate and in-depth enough to provide adequate treatment while allowing for further direction."  —  Course participant, May 2019

Date: Mon, Oct 4

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Christine Sigrist EdM

Fee: $450

CEUs: 0.7

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5020-13894

Note: Participants will receive instructions and course links prior to the first day of class.

Registration Deadline: Oct 4

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