Introduction to Data Analysis

This web-based, self-paced course can be accessed through the Procurement U Learning Management System (LMS).
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Delivery Method:

Web Based Training (WBT) - Self Paced

Contact Hours:




Type: self-paced, online      Access Time: 365 days from enrollment

Description: Whatever your profession. Whatever your field. As a professional, and certainly as a leader, you will be asked to make a decision based on data. This course will introduce the different types of decisions made in an organizational setting, why quantitative analytics is important, and how data quality can affect decision making. Since quantitative analytics is used in various settings, this intermediate-level course also offers insight into how research is used in different sectors. From a management perspective, the course highlights appropriate quantitative methods and ways to ensure quality and accuracy through research design.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the value of big data and analytics
  2. Discuss the types of decisions that can be made analytically in an organizational setting
  3. Describe different decision making models and tools
  4. Identify the fundamental concepts of measurement including levels of measurement, reliability and validity, errors, measurement and information bias
  5. Distinguish between independent and dependent variables
  6. Describe methods of ensuring the quality of data
  7. Explain data management techniques including transforming data, recoding data, and handling missing data
  8. Identify some biases and errors data collection may be subject to
  9. Distinguish between correlation and causation
  10. Apply appropriate decision making techniques to a specific case

Contact Hours: This course offers five (5) contact hours for continuing education credit.

CEUs: .5

Key Features:

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Audio-enabled
  • Badge and credit-awarding
  • Real-world case studies
  • Fully accessible
  • Games & Flashcards
  • Expert-supported
  • Video content

Refund Policy: You may request a refund up to 5 days from the purchase date. The registration fee will only be refunded if less than 10% of the course has been completed. Completion percentage can be viewed on the Course Progress page from within the course.


Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 80% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEUs. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.


  • Technical PDUs: 2
  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Strategic/Business PDUs: 1


  • Technical PDUs: 2
  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Strategic/Business PDUs: 1


  • Technical PDUs: 2
  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Strategic/Business PDUs: 1


  • Technical PDUs: 2
  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Strategic/Business PDUs: 1


  • Technical PDUs: 0
  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Strategic/Business PDUs: 1


  • Technical PDUs: 0
  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Strategic/Business PDUs: 1

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