SGUS Programme

(SCTP) Data and Information Analysis Literacy Upgrading Programme (Dial-Up)

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)

Certification

Continuing Education and Training Certificate

Introduction

The exponential growth of the internet, globalization and the pandemic have accelerated the push for digital transformation in all sectors.   Companies have pivoted and reinvented themselves to remain relevant.  Much of this transformation involve changing processes and workflow to gain efficiencies, productivity and competitive advantages, leading to increase revenues and profitability. Businesses started to make investments in technology and retrained their workforces to support those new processes and workflows.

A result of the digital transformation was a dramatic increase in the types and quantities of data they began to accumulate. These businesses soon realised that they could use the deep understanding of that data for competitive and even absolute advantages.  However, the realisation that whilst they had skilled managers and engineers, there was a need for the skill to now work with the data they had.

There is a new driver for sustainable employability and that is Data and Information Literacy.  The data and information literate professional does more than just crunch numbers.  The expectation is for data professionals to add value by bringing their domain knowledge – engineering, finance, logistics, etc. – into data activities like data sourcing, wrangling, management, analysis and communication.

“Data literacy Is the ability to read, write and communicate data in context, including an understanding of data sources and constructs, analytical methods and techniques applied; and the ability to describe the use case, application and resulting value.” – Gartner

In a nutshell, being data and information literate is about being able to:

  • Seek out, acquire and manage the data that is going into the organization, used within the organization and communicated by the organization.
  • Analyze and interpret data.
  • Report and present the findings or insights through dashboards and other means.

The majority of companies today realize the value of a data-driven business and are in need of talented individuals to provide insight into the constant stream of collected information. The demand for data literate professions will only grow as we continue to digitize our physical world.

This is a part-time train-and-place programme facilitated over a period of approximately 3 months. Interested applicants are requested to view criteria under  'Who Should Attend' before applying.

 

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Course Availability

  • Date(s): 13 Feb 2023 to 19 May 2023

    Time: Synchronous: 7:00PM to 10:00PM, Asynchronous: 2 to 4 hour(s)

    Schedule: Download here

    Venue: Virtual (Online)

    Registration Closing Date: 23 Jan 2023

This programme has been designed by industry professionals and practitioners to upgrade existing capabilities with the practical aspects of data mining and preparation, data analysis and visualization.

Through guided hands-on work and instruction, trainees will gain the knowledge on how to apply the core aspects of dealing with data that they will find themself in any job and role, and in any industry.

Module Title

Synopsis

Data Wrangling, Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) and Data Management

Turning “raw” data into “usable form” is a necessary step before any data analysis can be done. As businesses and organizations get inundated with more and more data from a myriad of internal and external sources, the data needs to cleaned, formatted and prepared in a way that can be used for various analysis and data visualization. It is estimated that an analysts spend as much as 75% of his/her time just performing data wrangling and EDA tasks. In this segment, participants will learn about data structures, how to handle and manage different types of data, how to prepare data for analysis and data visualization. Participants will get into data wrangling with applications like SQLite in hands-on sessions.

Business Analytics and Forecasting Techniques

Knowing how to analyze data, extract insights from data, interpreting charts and analytics, and presenting the analysis to a varied audience is a competency that is a “must have” for any individual, firm or organization. Businesses and organizations are already operating in a connected, digital and knowledge environment, where business intelligence and insights underlie a firm’s or organization’s business advantages. Participants will learn how to get the most out of MS Excel’s “Data Analysis” ToolPak for purposes like time series analysis and scenario forecasting. The focus is on the approach and techniques using up-to-date company financial data (e.g. annual data, line of business (LOB) data, market segment, etc.).

Communicating Insights, Dashboarding and Data Storytelling

Having uncovered the insights from data, there is a need to communicate those insights. Different audiences require its own specific communication. One of the biggest benefit of data visualization is to make it easy for everyone to quickly gain insight, e.g., insights into performance and drill in further to learn more about what is driving results. Without visuals, far more time is required to view and analyze the numbers, e.g., looking for anomalies, insights and indicators of performance within the data. Participants will learn how to use applications like Tableau for data visualization and data storytelling.

Capstone Project (running concurrently with other modules)

The capstone project will tie the learnings together in a job-relevant project.



Methodology

The primary structure of this 3-month course is hands-on practical lesson and guide through the use of data analysis and data visualization tools in a business context.  E.g., developing a revenue growth strategy that is based data and presenting the insights and recommendations.  The skills taught can be applied to any data sets and in almost all business contexts, e.g., budgeting, operations management, sales and marketing, finance, R&D, etc.

This part-time course will be a hybrid of Synchronous and Asynchronous learning.  Every week, there will be synchronous (online face-to-face) sessions and asynchronous access to additional learning material (e.g. articles, white papers, videos, etc.).  

Trainees will have to complete and submit an assignment and/or assessment quiz each week.  As much of the course training and assignments are hands-on, the participants will be spending a considerable amount time doing the assignments and reading the materials asynchronously.  Participants will also have to work on an end-of-module project and to present it.

Trainees will be using NTU’s e-Learning Platform to access the content and Discussion Boards. Through lectures, talks, hands-on learning of data analysis and visualization tools, and presentations will be carried out over Zoom and NTU’s Blackboard LMS platform.

 

Graduate Support & Outcomes

Scope

Features

Real-World Applicability

The content and curriculum is specifically designed to equip trainees with skills related to aspects of data mining and preparation, data analysis and visualization. Skills like data analysis and data storytelling are core and portable skills that complement existing domain knowledge and skill set.

Coaching and Learning-by-Doing

Through the use of current data in the training, trainees will have ample hands-on practise of the approach and techniques taught in the various modules. Trainees will get ample opportunities to ask the trainers about real-world applications.

Building a Portfolio of Project Work

There will be more than enough opportunities for trainees to work on mini-projects and presentations designed by trainers. The final course quiz will further serves to validate understanding of the key concepts and takeaways.

Graduate Career Support

Our programme focuses on highly sought-after skills, which, combined with a qualifying admissions process, mentorship, and soft skills development, means that graduates are set up for success. We develop partner relationships with local employers and our global community through mentoring, portfolio projects, and hiring events to support our graduates once they have completed the programme.



Schedule

Please download programme schedule under "Course Availability".

* NTU reserves the right to change the date, mode/venue of lesson or cancel class due to unforseen circumstances.

SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) supports mid-career individuals in acquiring industry-relevant skills to improve employability and pivot to new sectors or job roles.

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • Diploma or Tertiary level qualification
  • Have taken Mathematics as a subject at secondary level
  • 3-years working experience

(All shortlisted applicants are subjected to pre-course assessment and interview before being accepted)

Please note that SCTP is only eligible for self-paying trainees. For company sponsored trainees, please apply here

Standard Course Fee: S$8,100.00

SSG Funding Support

Course Fee 

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

 

BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 7% GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)

$7,500.00

S$2,407.50

S$2,430.00

SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

S$907.50

S$930.00

SCTP Additional Course Fee Funding Support (AFS) (Up to 95% funding)

This funding is only applicable to eligible applicants

S$532.50

S$555.00

  • All fees stated are inclusive of prevailing GST
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.
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    Francis Tay

    Francis Tay

    Lecturer, NTU WKWSCI
    Founder & CEO, NextGen Ventures Pte Ltd
    Director, Singapura Management Pte Ltd

    Francis is currently a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Wee Kim Wee School for Communications and Information (WKWSCI), teaching Business Intelligence and Information Entrepreneurship in the Master of Knowledge Management course.  His courses are also taken up by students reading for their Master of Information Systems, Master of Information Studies and Master of Mass Communications.  He has also taught Organizational Leadership and Information Sources and Services in the Master of Information Studies course.  He has been teaching at NTU for more than 10 years.

    Francis has authored three books “Latent Factors”, “Turning Good Ideas into Great Businesses” and “Picking Winners”.  The first two books focus on business advantages and financial models and the third book is on market intelligence and building up market and sector models for benchmarking analysis.  His market intelligence and benchmarking portal – www.profitstrail.com - was developed as a real-time update for “Picking Winners”.

    He is concurrently a Director at Singapura Management Pte Ltd, a corporate services company providing bookkeeping, tax and other services to local and foreign SMEs.  He founded NextGen Ventures Pte Ltd, an equity investment company that focuses on technology and Internet-related businesses.  He has held senior positions in government and government-linked organizations.

    Francis obtained his Honours degree from NUS, majoring in Economics and Computer Science & Applications, and his Master of Science in Management (Sloan Fellowship) from the London Business School in the UK.  Francis served 5 years on the National Youth Council’s Singapore Youth Awards (SYA) Entrepreneurship committee and has provided mentorship to companies and others under various business programmes at universities and start-up accelerators.

     

    Mr Kan Hwa Heng

    Mr Kan Hwa Heng

    Hwa Heng is currently an adjunct lecturer teaching at both degree and diploma levels in various institutes of higher learning. He teaches information technology subjects such as object-oriented programming, web application development, accounting information systems, and data analytics and visualisation.

    Hwa Heng has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. He performed various technical roles including software development, technical pre-sales and IT project management. He developed and maintained enterprise applications in the government, banking and healthcare domains.

    Hwa Heng obtained his MBA (Management of Information Technology) and Honors degree (Computer Technology) from NTU. He has a Specialist Diploma in Business & Big Data Analytics and a Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management from Nanyang Polytechnic. He is also a certified Project Management Professional and a certified Tableau Desktop Specialist.  


    Ms Khoo Seok Teng

    Ms Khoo Seok Teng

    Seok Teng is currently an adjunct lecturer teaching at both degree and diploma levels for pre-employment students and adult learners in various institutes of higher learning.  She has been teaching for more than 10 years, specialising in accounting and finance modules as well as data analytics and visualisation in recent years.  

    Before taking up lecturing, she had close to 20 years of corporate experience from various positions in different industries including hospitality, stockbroking, telecoms and public sector. She held several financial leadership positions in charge of financial and management reporting, financial planning and analysis, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions as well as investor relations for a NASDAQ-listed company.

    Seok Teng has an Honours degree in Science (Computer and Information Sciences) from NUS and MBA (Management of Information Technology) from NTU.  She is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter holder and a Chartered Accountant (Singapore).  She is also a certified Tableau Desktop Specialist.

     

     

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