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Course overview

In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of creating visualizations, common pitfalls, and best practices. You’ll also learn how to use the various elements of the Tableau interface, how to create different charts (and their practical uses), and how to transform data using calculated fields and filters.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser.

Key skills

  • Using the Tableau environment
  • Creating different charts, such as a bar chart, a line chart, scatter plots, and pie charts
  • Tableau concepts such as calculated fields, functions, data aggregation, and filters
  • Data visualization best practices and formatting techniques for better insights

Course outline

Data Visualization Fundamentals in Tableau [5 lessons]

Data Visualization Fundamentals 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify data visualization types and assess their importance
  • Identify the elements in a Tableau sheet
  • Recognize differences between dimensions and measures
  • How to use shelves to create visualizations
  • Modify data types in Tableau
  • Employ continuous and discrete using date dimensions

Creating Charts with Tableau 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Construct a bar chart
  • Construct a line chart
  • Construct a histogram using bins
  • Construct a scatter plot
  • Construct a pie chart
  • Design a dual-axis combination chart
  • Construct a geospatial chart

Calculated Fields and Filters 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Interpret calculated fields
  • Interpret the difference between aggregated and row-level calculations
  • Solve business problems using Simple Calculations, Conditional Statements, Date Functions, and String Functions
  • Use filters
  • Solve business problems using dimension, context, and measure filters

Data Visualization Best Practices 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify your audience
  • Maximize the insights of the visual chart
  • Enhance user interactivity with the visual chart
  • Interpret the importance of color

Guided Project: Business Intelligence Plots 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Construct different types of visual charts
  • Create calculated fields
  • Use filters to improve interactivity
  • Adhere to data visualization best practices

Projects in this course

Guided Project: Business Intelligence Plots

Practice creating data visualizations in this guided project.

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