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Data Visualization with Tableau

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  • Overview

    This course introduces Tableau with an emphasis on creating powerful visualizations with your data. We will connect to data sources and perform basic filtering before displaying the data. The class is a mixture of lecture and hands-on labs.

    Topics covered include:

    • Tableau Overview
    • Connecting to data sources
    • Data Visualization Plotting
    • Bar charts, pie charts
    • Heat maps, Tree maps, and Geographic maps
    • Building a Tableau dashboard
  • Who Should Take This Course


    This course is suitable for: Data engineers, analysts, architects, data scientist, software engineers, and technical managers who want a quick introduction to data visualization with Tableau.


    Basic comfort level working with new software and navigating a user-interface. Students who have experience manipulating large datasets will particularly benefit from this introductory class.

  • Why You Should Take This Course

    Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Use Tableau to connect to a variety of data sources
    • Filter data sets within Tableau
    • Work with Tableau views and worksheets
    • Build powerful visualizations with pie charts, bar charts, heat maps, etc.
    • Build a Tableau dashboard
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline

    Data Visualization Best Practices

    • The Context of Data Visualization
    • Data Visualization Methodology
    • Setting the Purpose and Identifying Key Factors
    • Visualization Design Options
    • The Visualization Anatomy – Data Representation
    • The Visualization anatomy – Data Presentation
    • Data Visualization Methods
    • Choosing the appropriate chart type
    • Constructing and Evaluating Your Design Solution

    Introduction to Tableau

    • Overview
    • Connecting to and Customizing Data Sources
    • Filtering & Sorting Data
    • Creating Data Groups and Hierarchies
    • Working with Date Fields
      • Discrete and Continuous Time
      • Custom Dates
    • Working with Multiple Measures
      • Dual Axis and Combo Charts
      • Combined Axis Charts
    • Showing Relationships between Numerical Values
      • Scatter Plots
    • Mapping Data Geographically
    • Using Crosstabs
      • Totals and Aggregation
      • Highlight Tables
      • Heat Maps
    • Using Calculations
      • Customize Data with Calculated Fields
      • Working with Strings, Dates, and Type Conversion Functions
      • Working with Aggregations
    • Using Quick Table Calculations to Analyze Data
    • Showing Breakdowns of the Whole
      • Pie Charts
      • Tree Maps
    • Highlighting Data with Reference Lines
    • Create Dashboards
      • Combining Views
      • Adding Actions for Interactivity
    • Sharing Work

    Advanced Tableau Concepts

    • Working with Data Extracts
    • Joining Tables
    • Blending Multiple Data Sources
    • Using Unions to Combine Data
    • Filtering Across Data Sources
    • Using Sets to Highlight Data
    • Using Context Filters to Limit Scope
    • Using Split and Custom Split
    • Advanced Calculations: Aggregating Dimensions
    • Controlling Table Calculations
    • Using Level of Detail Expressions
      • Filtering and LOD Expressions
    • Using Parameters to Control Data in the View
      • Swap Measures
    • Advanced Mapping
      • Modifying Locations
      • Customizing Tableau’s Geocoding
      • Using a Background Image
    • Viewing Distributions
      • Histograms
      • Box Plots
    • Comparing Measures Against a Goal
    • Statistics, Forecasting and Trend Lines
    • Time-Based Data
      • Analyze with Sparklines
      • Analyze with Slope Charts
      • Analyze with Control Charts
      • Seasonality: Show Trends with Cycle Plots
    • Analyze Survey Data
    • Advanced Dashboards
    • Tableau Stories
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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