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Online, Open Enrollment with a Personal Learning Coach$1,950.00

This program is designed for individual learners – it can also be customized for group delivery in your organization. Contact a learning consultant for more information.

This module is a general module appropriate to both technical and non-technical professionals. In it, data terminology is defined and explored. Concepts including how to question data, identify bias, interpret shifting out of IT and into other business units are defined. The importance if how to leverage the Data Analysis Tool Pack, Azure ML, and PowerMap to work with tabular data and create effective visualizations using Excel are also covered. 

In Partnership with Stage3 Talent
  • General entry level positions in ALL functional areas of an organization

The Opportunity

Data literacy represents the fluency with which individuals and organizations can comprehend and communicate with data. This fluency is crucial for modern data-driven organizations because highly data literate organizations derive the most value from their data. Organizations are looking for individuals who know how to take raw data and turn it into powerful insights that can drive success in their organization.

Program Benefits

There are many individuals who self-identify as “not a math person” or are intimidated by numbers. With so many entry level roles in organizations – across ALL functional areas in for-profit, non-profit, and government agencies – expecting new hires to have basic data literacy and numeracy skills, not having this foundation will limit your immediate job options. This 35-hour self-paced course will demystify data for those who may not be comfortable with numbers or data, setting them up for success in the data-driven 21st century organization.

With the guidance of your Rutgers Personal Learning Coach, you will have the confidence and knowledge to make significant contributions to this critical, strategic function at your current employer or prospective employer.

What You Will Learn

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO DATA
• Introduction to Data Literacy
• Introduction to Data-Driven Decision Making
• Database Types
• Data Types

MODULE 2: BIAS
• Introduction to Bias
• Cognitive Biases
• Statistical Biases

MODULE 3: GATHERING DATA
• File Sources
• Databases
• Online Datasets
• Web Scraping

MODULE 4: QUESTIONING DATA
• Questioning Data
• Correlation and Causation

MODULE 5: RELATIONAL DATA
• Tabular Data Vocabulary
• Data Modeling
• Data Relationships
• Data Normalization

MODULE 6: DATA VISUALIZATIONS
• Visualization Types
• The Problem of Pie
• Identifying Trends
• Understanding Outliers

MODULE 7: STATISTICS
• Statistical Thinking
• Descriptive Statistics
• Introduction to Probability

Given the busy schedules of professionals and rising executives, Rutgers has developed a powerful hybrid learning model that combines the flexible delivery of self-paced, online learning with that of a seasoned professional – a Personal Learning Coach – who serves as a learning and career guidant to mentor you through successful completion of your program and set you up for success to achieve your career aspirations.

Individualized support by industry experts: To assure your learning supports where you are and where you want to go in your career, our personalized delivery model teams you up with a learning coach who will meet with you virtually during the course of your study. In your initial meeting, you will discuss your career objectives with your personal learning coach. Over additional scheduled one-on-one virtual meetings they will discuss your questions, homework assignments, and connect your learning to your job and career to make sure you get the most from the material presented and maintain your focus on the learning goals you have set for yourself.

Project Based: You will apply the concepts you learn in a project that you can draw upon as you interview for your new role. Because the project simulates actual work duties of professionals in this field, the project offers you an opportunity to showcase the skills and competencies that employers are looking for in hiring and promoting professionals in their organizations.

Flexibility: Learn on the days of the week and times of day that fit your schedule: E-Learning is available virtually 24/7/365.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those who need to establish a firm foundation in data literacy and numeracy skills. Whether you have a degree in a liberal arts discipline that did not rely upon and/or develop quantitative, data, and numeracy skills or have not had much experience with these skills generally, this course will introduce you to the ground level concepts and give you the confidence to leverage data in the decision-making competences required – and expected – by employers across all industries and functional areas in organizations.

This program has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor for workforce training grants. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Contact us for more information at or by completing the Request for Information.

Why Rutgers

Earn a credential to put on your resume that showcases your skills to support career success from a trusted public institution serving the people, businesses, and government agencies in the state of New Jersey for over 250 years.