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Unit Overview


The recent explosion of available data, together with advances in technology, makes data leverage critical for better business decisions. This unit focuses on three main areas of data reporting: data visualisation, data storytelling/narrative and data presentation/communication. Data visualisation involves converting raw data to an easily understood visual format that is efficient with ink and effective in portraying the messages in the data. Data storytelling or narrative is the ability to provide informative, engaging and impactful explanations of the data analysis that are relevant to the audience. Effective presentation/communication skills are fundamental for combining data visuals and data storytelling. Collectively they offer analytical output in a simple, clear and meaningful way which aids the translation of data to action.

This foundation unit provides key competences to effectively present data and findings to a business audience. Students are able to identify appropriate data visualisations for different types of data, gain practical experience in the use of different sophisticated analytical tools and techniques to visualise and analyse data, and communicate analytical findings efficiently, effectively and in a non-technical way.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify suitable data visualisations for various data types and sources; (2) produce high quality data visuals (graphs, maps, dashboards, scorecards, interactive visuals) using a range of software packages (such as Tableau, R, Python); (3) critically appraise data visualisations based on principles of graphical excellence; (4) demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal and written); and (5) communicate technical findings to a variety of audiences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1; (2) assignment 2; and (3) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jason Li
Unit rules
Enrolment in
42630 Master of Business Analytics
or 41690 Master of Marketing
or 62530 Master of Data Science
or 42270 Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
Contact hours
Up to three hours per week.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.