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Interacting with Data Micro-course

In the Interacting with Data free micro-course, you will gain the basic skills you need to work with data in real-world scenarios

Open to beginners to data science, the course covers the fundamental applications of data in everyday business life. You will also explore the wider legal, ethical and social implications of using data from a range of contexts (such as personal or business data). 

By the end of the micro-course, you will be able to apply basic statistics, formulas and techniques to uncover and present trends and patterns in data. You will also develop your understanding of how to best present your findings based on your audience. 

Micro-courses are flexible short courses, delivered in mixed online and face-to-face formats. Currently they are being piloted across Welsh universities with no cost to the learner. You can attend a micro-course to upskill and learn something new, as a pathway to employment, or to have a taste of a specific subject. Digital technology micro-courses at Cardiff Met cover topics that are in demand by industry. Click here to see the other micro-courses at Cardiff Met.

Course Content

The micro-course will be delivered through ten 2-hour sessions, made up of lectures, online learning activity, on-campus seminars, lab work and small group work. Topics include:

  • Introduction to data
  • Data in the real world
  • Decision making with data: Intuition vs data driven
  • Introduction to visualisations
  • Visualising data for effective interaction
  • Visualising uncertainties
  • Basic statistics (probability and estimating relationships)
  • Statistics
  • Data techniques and technologies
  • Social, legal, and ethical considerations when dealing with data

Coursework and Assessment

Assessments are designed to consolidate your learning. 

You will complete two short assignments throughout the micro-course. These include a 10-minute presentation and a written report of about 1,000 words. The assignments will require you to complete external tasks in software packages such as Excel and Tableau, which you will be introduced to during the course, and present your work as screenshots within the report.

Suggested Readings

Claus O. Wilke (2019) Fundamentals of Data Visualization. O’Reilly Media, Inc.

How to Apply

You can book your place on the Interacting with Data micro-course on the Cardiff Metropolitan University Online Store. Spaces are limited, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Us

For more information about this micro-course, please contact Dr Fiona Carroll,

Key Course Information

Place of Study:

Cardiff School of Technologies 

Course Length:
10 weeks (1 x 2-hour session per week). Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm.

Start date:
28th March 2022 – 30th May 2022


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