NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Launches Noncredit Certificate in Analytics and Data Visualization
 
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NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Launches Noncredit Certificate in Analytics and Data Visualization

New Program Provides Highly Sought-After Big Data Skills

NEW YORK, December 11, 2013—Big data is becoming a universal priority, given its growing impact on industries ranging from healthcare to marketing and advertising. To meet the need for professionals who are versed in the broad-based practical skills, principles, and techniques for working with data, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) Center for Advanced Digital Applications (CADA) recently introduced the Certificate in Analytics and Data Visualization.

Professionals who enroll in the Certificate will learn a multidisciplinary approach—integrating the use of statistics, computer science, and graphic design—for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visually representing large data sets.

The six-course certificate consists of five required core classes: Introduction to Analytics and Data Visualization; Statistical Foundations of Analytics and Data Visualization; Designing Data: Infographics; Applied Data Management for Analytics Visualization; and The Art of Data Visualization. Students also choose one elective with an emphasis on either journalism, business or content marketing—industries in which big data has become an integral component.

"There's no greater time than now to empower students with tools to make sense of big data and to incorporate it into their current or future career paths," said Vish Ganpathi, director of technology programs at the NYU-SCPS Division of Programs in Business. "Its foundation is a theoretical approach—starting with the ability to ask the right questions, and then frame data to articulate objectives and measure ROI."

"Navigating the challenges that big data presents often requires a degree of real-time improvisation," said Kaiser Fung, an adjunct instructor at CADA and the author of Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage (McGraw-Hill, 2013). "As data becomes more complex, it's critical to think about what it means, how it can be interpreted, expressed, and applied. This certificate offers students immersion into the practical skills needed to solve the data traps every analyst will encounter."

Throughout their course of study, students will have access to guest lecturers and experienced data practitioners who provide hands-on experience with software and online tools for analyzing and visualizing data. One of those guest lecturers will be Dona Wong, former graphics director at The Wall Street Journal and the author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010). Wong will present a lecture on "Telling Compelling Stories with Data" on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 at 15 Barclay St., Room 430. More information is available at http://bit.ly/19hMAAx.

To enroll in the Certificate in Analytics and Data Visualization, register online, or call 212-998-7150.

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS (scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Advanced Digital Applications and Graphic Communications Management and Technology; Publishing; Professional Writing; Human Resource Management and Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Management and Systems, Project Management, and Accounting, Finance, and Taxation; Liberal and Allied Arts; and Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School's community is enriched by more than 27,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information, visit: scps.nyu.edu.

 

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