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.