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Data Analytics

Your Introduction to the World of Analytics

Learn technical concepts and get hands-on training

DAT 104 - Data Analysis and Visualization C01

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Virtual Classroom
Hours of Study:
30 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
n/a
Course Anti-requisite(s):
No Anti-requisite(s)
Instructor Name:
Thomas Francescutti
Course Dates:
05/03/2021 - 07/05/2021



Required Course Materials:
The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit, 1st Edition. Authors: Gregory Nelson/Wiley Publishers
Optional Course Materials:
Any other readings and resources will be posted in the Avenue to Learn course shell. 1. The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios. Authors: Andy Cotgreave, Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer/Wiley Publishers 2. Tableau Your Data!: Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software. Authors: Daniel G. Murray/Wiley Publishers
Course Description:

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits.

Refer to the Policy & Procedure section for further course and McMaster Continuing Education information. 

This course will examine the exploration of data in order to discover meaningful information to solve problems. The course will present the analytics life cycle in the context of planning to solve a business problem. Emphasis will be placed on framing the problem, proposing an analytics solution, communicating with stakeholders, and establishing an analytics-focused project plan. Common data visualization tools and techniques will be explored and used as students learn best practices for the presentation and communication of analytical solutions and insights.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:  

1. Describe the Data Analytics Lifecycle, its stages and how they complement each other.
2. Examine the value analytics brings to organizations to frame and solve business challenges as well as improve processes.
3. Explore, cleanse and extract data to determine the technical and analytical feasibility of presenting viable solutions to address business problem(s).
4. Design viable data analytics solution(s) to a set of specific business needs.
5. Assess data management tools to perform ETL (Extract Transform and Load) activities
6. Examine and create data visualizations that effectively communicate with audiences at various organizational levels.
7. Discuss data management and project management principles related to the Data Analytics Lifecycle.

Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:


 

Assessment Type

 

Due Date

 

Weight

Assignment(s)/Presentation(s)

Various

60%

Quiz

Various

30%

Reading(s)/Discussion(s)/Reflection Memo(s)

Weekly (Sunday)

10%

 

Total

100%

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in data management and data analytics to promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings, and experiential learning activities (ie. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.)
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.  Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request. NOTE:  This policy applies to assignments and other hand in type coursework only.  This policy does not apply to discussion board topics/postings which do not allow for late postings/contributions.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity/

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in-group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:

ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services(SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or sas@mcmaster.ca  to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. It is thestudent’s responsibility to contact McMaster Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related toexaminations.
On-line Elements:

Conduct Expectations:

As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the “Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in-person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students’ access to these platforms.

 Copyright and Recording:

Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

Turnitin.com:
In this course, we may be using a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to Turnitin.com and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to Turnitin.com must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.
Course Changes:

The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.

Extreme Circumstances:

The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (https://www.mcmastercce.ca/cce-policies#Dropping).
Storm Closure Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy: https://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/Employee/storm_emergency_policy.pdf, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.

Grading Scale:
 Grade Equivalent
Grade Point
Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90-100
A 11 85-89
A- 10 80-84
B+ 9 77-79
B 8 73-76
B- 7 70-72
C+ 6 67-69
C 5 63-66
C- 4 60-62
D+ 3 57-59
D 2 53-56
D- 1 50-52
F 0 0-49
Course Schedule:

THIS IS AN ACCELERATED COURSE - 2 LESSONS PER WEEK 

Lesson #

Module Name

Required Readings

Activities Due

1

Introduction & Overview of Data Analytics

Nelson

Chapters 1 – Analytics Overview

Chapter 2 – The People of Analytics

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

2

Data Analytics Lifecycle & Organizations

Nelson

Chapters 3 – Organizational Context of Analytics

Chapter 5 – The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

3

Framing a Business Problem

Nelson

Chapter 6 – Framing the Business Problem

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

Individual Mini Presentations (10%) 

4

Data Exploration

Nelson

Chapter 7 – Data Sensemaking

Quiz (30%)

5

Designing the Resolution

Nelson

Chapter 8 – Analytics Model Development

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

Submit Team Project Proposal Report for approval.

6

Data Management

Nelson

Chapter 4 – Data Strategy, Platforms, and Architecture

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

7

Designing the Resolution

Nelson

Chapter 10 – Analytics Product Management

Due - Present Personal Presentation (20%)

8

Presenting Findings Using Visualization Tools

Nelson

Chapter 9 – Results Activation

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

DUE - Team Proposal Report Check-in

9

Course Wrap-Up & Summary

Nelson

Chapter 12 & 13

Due Sun 11:59pm - Reflection Memo

Project Presentations (30% Group Report) & Course Closeout