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Computing & Cybersecurity

Digital Skills for Growth (How to see the story within your data)*
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

We generate about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, and it's accelerating. In the last two years alone we have generated 90% of the world's entire stored data. So what do we do with it? And how do we make sense of it all?

You look at using data visualisation techniques to help identify the story hidden within this vast sea of data, to help write that winning pitch or improve your company’s performances and profits. Stories often remain hidden in the numbers but once you bring them to life with charts you’ll be amazed at what suddenly appears.

You need access to a PC or laptop, internet, and an audio headset for webinars.Due to COVID 19 we are going to deliver this course online using Webinar, however support will be available both online and via blackboard.Guidance notes for Applicants

* Subject to University approval


Course details

What you study

Make appropriate selections from a wide range of charts for the purposes of analysing the data and telling a story.

Develop the skills to present the data using appropriate graphics, which helps the audience understand complex data sets and identify narrative(s).

Become familiar with a wide range of data visualisation tools.

How you learn

You learn through a series of lectures and exercises – formative feedback is provided after each exercise. All materials are available through our virtual learning environment.

You are provided with data visualisations and reading materials to study outside of class time and will form the basis of a discussion within the following class.

This course is delivered online by webinar and using blackboard which is ideal for forums or contacts to others on this programme.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a presentation on a pass/fail basis. This involves the planning, design and development of an infographic for a specified data problem and a target audience. The infographic is delivered as part of a presentation which must include a justification for the graphics chosen and a reflection of the finished product.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Must work for a company of any size or sector in Durham, excluding Darlington, including Public Sector.



Career opportunities



2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 20, Level 4, Fully funded support * eligibility applies
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 4.00pm - 7.40pm. 5 weeks
  • Start date: Starts Wednesday 26 May

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