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University of Auckland Data Analysis Online Course

The University of Auckland is offering free online course on Data to Insight: an Introduction to Data Analysis. This course assumes very little experience with statistical ideas and concepts.

This course is a hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis that emphasises fundamental concepts and practical skills. The course will start on March 27, 2017.

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Course at a Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Data Analysis
Institution: University of Auckland and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on March 27, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the only one included in the Times Higher Education top 200. Founded in 1883, it is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities. Some 35 percent of the top ranked academic researchers in New Zealand are at the University of Auckland.

About This Course

Organisations around the world are collecting more data than ever. They are talking about big data, data science, business intelligence, analytics, data mining and data visualisation, and there’s an urgent need for people with the data skills to understand, interpret and communicate this information.

It’s all about using statistical data to predict behaviours and extract insights about the real world. From businesses, governments and service organisations to researchers, data has become everybody’s business.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

The course focuses on data exploration and discovery, showing you what to look for in statistical data, however large it may be. University will also teach you some of the limitations of data and what you can do to avoid being misled. University use data visualisations designed to teach you these skills quickly, and introduce you to the basic concepts you need to start understanding our world through


This course assumes very little experience with statistical ideas and concepts. The software you will use is powerful yet simple to use. It is already being used with ease by high school students around New Zealand.

You will need to be comfortable thinking in terms of percentages, have basic Microsoft Excel skills, and a Windows or Macintosh computer to download and install our iNZight software.


Chris Wild

Lead educator for “Data to Insight”, Chris Wild’s interests are data from complex sampling, statistical thinking and reasoning processes, and visualization

Tracey Meek

She helped design the Data to Insight Course and am passionate about accessibility to quality education for all.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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