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Introduction to Data Literacy

Introduction to Data Literacy

Learn how to understand and work with data using Excel.


This course covers how to read, understand, manipulate, and use data. There is no prerequisite knowledge for this course, but it does require access to Excel.

  • Introductory
  • 4 Weeks
  • Expert Instructor
  • Tuiton-Back Guarantee
  • 100% Online
  • TA Support

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, you will have the ability to make meaningful information from data. From this information, you will also be able to make decisions scientifically. In particular you will be able to:

  • Identify and understand what data is
  • Understand how data is collected and stored
  • Collect, store and analyze data in Excel
  • Understand and appropriately use variable types (quantitative, qualitative)
  • Understand and appropriately use data types
  • Depict basic displays of data in Excel
  • Understand and apply rates and ratios
  • Produce and analyze summary statistics
  • Identify and correct common problems with data and data visualization
  • Perform basic data cleaning

Who Should Take This Course

Those wishing a brief introduction to key data entry and analysis concepts, and anyone considering taking a course at who needs to learn Excel, or wants to know how our courses operate.

Our Instructors

Course Syllabus

Week 1

Introduction: Data Collection and Storage

  • Introduction
  • What is data?
  • Data collection
  • Data storage
  • Datasets, databases and datapoints
  • Introduction to variables
  • Introduction to Excel

Week 2

Variable and Data Types

  • Variables: quantitative and qualitative
  • Data types
  • Visual displays of data
  • Excel data manipulation
  • Excel charts

Week 3

Some Basic Analysis

  • Rates and ratios
  • Summary statistics
  • Comparison of data points
  • Calculation of statistics in Excel

Week 4

Cleaning Data and Fixing Errors

  • Common problems with data
  • Common data visualization and analysis errors
  • Basic data cleaning practices
  • How data cleaning and fixing data errors can improve analysis

Class Dates


01/26/2024 to 02/23/2024
Instructors: Ms. Veronica Carlan
08/16/2024 to 09/13/2024
Instructors: Ms. Veronica Carlan


01/24/2025 to 02/21/2025
Instructors: Ms. Veronica Carlan
08/15/2025 to 09/12/2025
Instructors: Ms. Veronica Carlan



Karolis Urbonas
Susan Kamp
Stephen McAllister
Amir Aminimanizani
Elena Rose
Leonardo Nagata
Richard Jackson

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Additional Information

Time Requirements

About 15 hours per week, at times of your choosing.


Homework consists of weekly practical exercises with Excel

Course Text

All materials will be provided online.


Excel (Google Sheets, which has similar structure, may be used for submissions, but instructional materials will illustrate Excel)

Course Fee & Information

Courses may fill up at any time and registrations are processed in the order in which they are received. Your registration will be confirmed for the first available course date unless you specify otherwise.

Transfers and Withdrawals
We have flexible policies to transfer to another course or withdraw if necessary.

Group Rates
Contact us to get information on group rates.

Academic affiliation?  In most courses you are eligible for a discount at checkout. Use promo code ACADEMIC where prompted during registration.

Invoice or Purchase Order
Add $50 service fee if you require a prior invoice, or if you need to submit a purchase order or voucher, pay by wire transfer or EFT, or refund and reprocess a prior payment.

Supplemental Information

Literacy, Accessibility, and Dyslexia

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