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Data Analytics

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With a cutting-edge curriculum designed by industry experts, this comprehensive Data Analytics program teaches you how to use AI and machine learning to modify data even faster and let the technology work for you!


The program aims to provide students with fundamental and comprehensive concepts of business and data analytics, allowing them to manipulate data and develop simple data models. Students will learn how business analytics, data science, artificial intelligence and decision support systems are interrelated and how they work together to provide businesses with the information needed to support decision-making.


Students will learn to install, configure and use the tools needed to solve professional-level data science problems, including R language, Git, Python, Tableau, Power BI, Hadoop, Spark and NoSQL. The program will explore the most important classes of machine learning algorithms and concepts ranging from neural networks to supervised and unsupervised learning.



Admission Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent (General Education Development or BC Adult Basic Education)


  • Mature student status
    • 19 years of age upon starting classes
    • Pass the College’s Grade 10 Math Exam (passing score: 50%)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (see last page of the program outline)

This program is 50 weeks in length.
  • Data Custodian
  • Data Dictionary Administrator
  • Data Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Administator
  • Database Architect

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Prepare for your new career in Data Analytics with hands-on training in a student-focused environment. 

Program Courses
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and study techniques to help foster effective learning and a positive educational experience. This course explores many different theories on learning and studying and how these theories can be applied to each student’s individual studying methods in order to develop a method that is both effective and efficient. Effective study habits and productive note-taking are key topics in this course, as well as the importance of values and goals. Through active participation in learner-centred activities, students will explore and practice strategies for setting personal goals, prioritizing tasks, managing time, and managing the stress that arises in school or work situations. This course will also equip students with a sound understanding of matters related to finance, credit, and debt and the critical implications they have on our lives. Students taking this course will complete the Enriched Academy program, which provides comprehensive coverage of financial and money management skills that will allow them to better save, budget, and manage their money and financial situations.

CA-FCBWS / Fundamentals of Cloud-Based Workspaces

This course explores the fundamental concepts of cloud-based suite of applications for working and collaborating online. Students learn to confidently navigate a virtual workspace in their browser. This course focuses on tools necessary to communicate via chats and video conferencing, collaborate in shared environments, prepare documents, create presentations, utilize online spreadsheet, maintain a calendar, and operate a virtual drive.

CA-DTANT / Foundations of Data Analytics

This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of data analytics. Based on the objectives of the CompTIA Data+ certification, this course will highlight the importance of data analytics and its pivotal role in the communication of vital business intelligence. The course will explore how the collecting, analyzing, and reporting of data can drive priorities and be the cornerstone of data-driven business decision making. The course will cover five major areas including data concepts and environments, data mining, data analysis, visualization and reporting and data governance, quality and control.

CA-PLDES / Programming Logic and Design

This course is designed to provide the students with a languageindependent view of programming principles and structures and methodologies to foster the development of sound programming techniques before applying language specific syntax. Students will learn traditional and object oriented concepts, terminology and programming structures before learning the details of a specific programming language. Students will learn to develop objectoriented program logic and apply commonly used programming structures of sequence, iteration, selection and decision-making constructs. Common business examples will be used to illustrate key concepts.

CA-SADGN / Systems Analysis and Design

This course explores the fundamental concepts of systems analysis and design. The course will explore the different analysis and design approaches and methodologies. Students will learn how to gather requirements and information, model the needs, and create the various diagrams. The focus of the course will on the object-oriented approach with the use of the Unified Modeling Language. Students will learn the common UML vocabulary, object oriented terms and diagramming techniques allowing them to model any systems development project from analysis through implementation.

CA-DBSQL / Database Programming Concepts with SQL

In this course, students will learn about the theory behind relational databases, relational database nomenclature, and relational algebra. Students will learn to create functional Structured Query Language (SQL) code to manage databases and manipulate data inputs and outputs. Students will learn to optimize databases through normalization. Students will apply their knowledge with hands-on exercises designed to teach the intricacies of database design methodology.

BDA100 / Fundamentals of Business analytics – statistics

This course explores the fundamental concepts of modern business analytics. Students will gain an understanding of how data analysis works in today’s business organizations. This course provide the foundations needed to understand business analytics and show students how to manipulate data and develop simple data models. The course will explore the fundamental tools and methods of data analysis and statistics with a focus on visual representations of data, descriptive statistical measures, probability distributions and data modeling, sampling and estimation, and statistical inference.

BDA200 / Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics

This course continues the exploration of business analytics from the point of view of predictive and prescriptive analytics. Students will learn to develop approaches for applying trendlines and regression analysis, forecasting and introductory data mining techniques, building and analyzing models on spreadsheets, and simulation and risk analysis. The course also explores linear, integer and nonlinear optimization models.

BDA300 / Decision Support Systems with Artificial Intelligence

In this course, students will learn how business analytics, Data Science, artificial intelligence and decision support systems are interrelated and how they work together to provide business with the information needed to support decision making. The course will review Predictive and prescriptive analytics with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Robotics, social Networks and the Internet of Things and their roles in data science.

BDA400 / Data Science Tools and Techniques

This course explores the tools and techniques used to solve a variety of business and data science problems. Students will start by installing and configuring the tools needed to solve professional-level data science problems. The course will explore the use of the widely used R language and Git versioncontrol system within the context of data science and analytics. They explain how to wrangle data into a form where it can be easily used, analyzed, and visualized to support business decisions. Students will master the powerful R programming techniques and learn troubleshooting skills for probing data at larger scales.

BDA500 / Data Visualization and Interpretation

This course explores topics on data visualization within the context of the tools used to present data in various visual formats. Data visualizations are a powerful method of making data accessible and understandable to non-specialists. Students develop their skills in data presentation through the use of Tableau, a popular data visualization tool utilized by analysts, marketers, statisticians, and any business leadership role that depend on data. Students learn how to use graphs and charts, calculated fields, maps, and interactive dashboards to visualize data and refine the decision-making process.

BDA600 / Business Analysis Dashboards

This course focuses on the visual presentation of data to better support business decision making. Students will learn how to create world-class Power BI business analysis dashboards that transform generic data into visual stories that provide a deeper insight to the information that is being presented. Students will learn to create dashboards from Excel, SharePoint, SQL, Azure Oracle and Dynamics 365.

BDA700 / Programming Techniques for Data Science in Python

This course will introduce the Python programming language within the context of data science and analytics. The course will start with the introduction of the Python programming environment, the language, and its syntax, control statements, functions and libraries. Students will learn to work with large datasets and data frames with Python.

BDA750 / Programming Techniques for Data Science Part 2

This course will continue the exploration of the Python programming language within the context advanced topics in data science including Artificial Intelligence, Big data and Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Machine Learning and cognitive computing. The course will conclude with an overview of Big Data: Hadoop®, Spark™, NoSQL and IoT.

BDA800 / Data Analytics with Hadoop

This course focuses on the application of data science with Hadoop. Students will learn practical information about applying data science and Big Data in Hadoop environments. This course will explore practical business applications combined with the technical details to offer insight to the Hadoop environment. The course will review the core topics of data science and then explore the Hadoop tools, the Hadoop Distributed File System, importing data, and working with data in the Hadoop environment. Topics include Hadoop tools and utilities, preparing data with Hadoop, Managing work and data flows, Batch Analytics and real-time analytics, visualizing big data and cloud computing.

BDA900 / Machine Learning

This course will introduce what is known about how humans and machines learn. Students will be introduced to the most important classes of machine learning algorithms, and what each of them can do. The course will review key concepts ranging from neural networks to supervised and unsupervised learning. Students will learn the key steps needed to build a successful machine learning solution, from collecting and finetuning source data to building and testing the solution. The course will guide students through the constructing of complete solutions with ML.NET, Microsoft’s powerful open source and cross-platform machine learning framework.

CES4 / Career and Employment Strategies

This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course or its equivalent. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identifyemployment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the work place and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students may be videotaped during a mock interview and will participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.

BDAPRAC / Data Analytics Practicum

This field placement will prepare students for their transition to the workforce. The practicum will be completed in a business environment working under the supervision of experienced personnel. Students are provided with a description of duties he/she will perform on the job. At the end of the placement, the practicum host will provide an evaluation on the student and the student will provide the college with an evaluation on the placement.

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