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Business Intelligence

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 26 June 2023
  • Duration: 4 Sessions
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Branch out in STEM project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

This short course will introduce you to the key concepts of business intelligence, helping you to develop an understanding of what business intelligence is and how you can apply it.

What you’ll study

Business intelligence has had a profound impact on business strategy, performance and competitiveness and can support your decision-making across any business sector. During the course an introduction to the following topics will be provided:

  • An introduction to data and data science – this is to provide an overview of data and data science and how it relates to this Business Intelligence short course.
  • Statistics and Excel – this introduces working with data, and statistics and extends to the understanding of statistical testing aimed at building a solid foundation on critical thinking abilities.
  • Database theory and SQL – the underlying database theory to acquire an understanding of why databases are created and how they can help manage data. SQL allows to dig deeper into the data to obtain the answers to questions that might improve the way a company does its business. Key areas to be covered include the theory of relational databases and SQL queries.
  • Tableau – Tableau is one of the finest tools available for making effective charts and dashboards. Almost all large companies use such tools to enhance their BI capabilities.
  • Learning a programming language - Python programming language will be included as part of this course to perform several real-life Business Intelligence tasks.

As a result of completing the course, you will be able to:

  • gather, organise, analyse and visualise data
  • extract data from a database by writing your own queries
  • understand the fundamentals of database theory
  • combine SQL and Tableau to visualise data from the source
  • create powerful professional visualisations in Tableau
  • solve real-world business analysis tasks in SQL and Tableau
  • derive analytic solutions using differentiation techniques

Future dates:

You can find the times and dates for each session for the upcoming cohorts below:

Session 1: 26 June 2023, 1 pm - 6 pm, 1 hour break

Session 2: 3 July 2023, 1 pm - 6 pm, 1 hour break (online)

Session 3: 10 July 2023, 1 pm - 6 pm, 1 hour break (online)

Session 4: 17 July 2023, 1 pm - 6 pm, 1 hour break

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

If this course is of interest but you or your company do not meet the eligibility criteria for a funded place, please contact us to find out about dates for other courses.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.