Data Presentation for Business: How to make great charts

person icon Nicolae Urs

Data Presentation for Business: How to make great charts

Learn how data visualizations can bring order or offer insight and recognize when they are used to deceive and mislead.

updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Nicolae Urs

architecture icon Business,Business Analytics & Intelligence,Data Visualization

Lectures -24

Duration -1 hours


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Course Description

We are surrounded by data. We work with numbers every day. How can we understand them and how can we show trends, correlations or insights to other people?

The solution is putting those numbers into visual form. This ability is one of the most sought-after skills on the job market, because the amount of data that needs to be sorted, analyzed and understood is increasing at formidable rate.

Learn how to correctly use charts and graphs to make sense of data.

  • how charts come together,
  • how to draw attention to your data,
  • what graph is best for what type of data,
  • how to avoid the mistakes almost everybody makes,
  • how to avoid being misled by malicious charts.

Take the first steps in learning a new language

Using data visualizations to see patterns, uncover hidden trends and put numbers into an easy to understand visual form is a skill that is useful in any job. There is no need for prior experience and the terminology will be explained in the course.

Content and overview

When you enroll in this course you will get access to almost 2 hours of video lectures and a wealth of supplemental materials. You can complete the course in 2 or 3 hours, if you just watch the videos and take the quizzes, but you can also spend days reading and practicing what we discuss in the course, or anything in between. At the end of each of the main 4 sections there is a quiz, to help you remember what you have learned .

At the end of this course you will be able to understand how statistical data can be put into visual form, how you can extract meaning from spreadsheets and how to recognize when someone is trying to lie to you with pretty charts.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is meant for anybody with an interest in making sense of the numbers we encounter in every aspect of our life, but especially for people that work with spreadsheets for a living and want to see patterns and trends more easily and to learn how to present those insights to others. If you want to make the most of the statistical data of every kind that you encounter at work or at home, this course is for you.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are a graphic designer or have extended knowledge about charts, maps and infographics.


What will you learn in this course:

  • understand how charts, maps and graphs are created

  • present insights to others through charts and graphs

  • improve your data presentation skills

  • know how to draw attention to specific parts of their datasets

  • know what chart is best for which type of data

  • avoid making the most common mistakes when creating data visualizations

  • recognize charts that try to deceive

  • acquire the basic terminology of data visualization


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • The only necessary prerequisite is basic use of computers and office software.

  • It will help if you have Microsoft Excel installed, we have an exercise in Lecture 7.

  • A lot of suplemental materials are available in webpages, so internet connection when taking this course is recommended.

Data Presentation for Business: How to make great charts


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Introduction to the course
1 Lectures
  • play icon Welcome to the course 01:07 01:07
What is data visualization
7 Lectures
How to draw attention to data
5 Lectures
We have the data. Now what?
6 Lectures
What not to do
4 Lectures
In the end
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Nicolae Urs

Nicolae Urs

Myname is Nicolae Urs, and I am vice-dean of the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I am interested in everything related to technology. More specifically, I have been studying and researching the way in which public institutions employ new technologies, the changes that the new social networks brought about in communication, the opportunities provided by "big data" and the way in which visualizing statistical data can help understand social trends. I have a PhD in online communication, to which I added an internship in the United States focused on e-government. I teach courses related to e-Government, the use of new technologies, data visualization, and online communication. I am actively involved in public institutions' digitization projects, both at the level of the city of Cluj-Napoca, as well as at a national level; I also coordinated or took part in a number of strategic development plans for municipalities around Romania. I was one of the coordinators of the Digital Transformation Strategy of Cluj-Napoca. I am a member of Code4Romania and co-chair of the Central and Eastern European e|Dem and e|Gov Days, coordinator of the E-government Working Group at NISPAcee, as well as member in the editorial board of two scientific publications.

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