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Start Date
January, April, June, September

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XBDA

Study as
Full-time or part-time

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
  • IELTS speaking [6]
  • IELTS listening [6]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Gain the skills to propel yourself into the booming field of data science.
  • Understand the entire lifecycle of data including the main phases that define how information is created, gathered, processed, used, and analysed.
  • Learn to analyse and visualise rich data sources and identify data trends, as well as generate data management strategies.
  • Explore emerging topics such as cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and text and social analytics.
  • Perform predictive analytics on big data sets and become fluent in R and Python.
  • Learn to use data visualisation tools as well as programs and techniques for data acquisition and data cleaning.
  • Download data analytics software and tools used by industry professionals for free.
  • Study course content co-developed by industry and expert academics.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study On Demand – a 100% online data analytics degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

UniSA Online’s data analytics degree is an opportunity to propel yourself into the booming field of data science. Employers are looking for people who can transform oceans of data into streams of meaningful insights to make better-informed decisions, drive business growth, and increase their competitive advantage. Through extensive industry consultation, we’ve designed a 100% online data analytics degree that covers emerging data trends and the latest developments in the field to ensure you graduate with a hyper-relevant skillset to enter the industry for the first time, or land a higher-level role.

Your data analytics courses explore the entire lifecycle of data including the main phases that define how information is created, gathered, processed, used, and analysed to achieve business goals. Explore different analytical methods, processes, tools and techniques used by data analysts. Learn key concepts including data visualisation, cloud computing, data mining and database administration, as well as foundational courses in programming, maths and stats at the start of your degree. Dive into more advanced topics in data visualisation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, text and social media analytics, and predictive analytics.

From every click, swipe, share, search, and stream, data is created at an extraordinary rate every second and is changing the way companies do business. Depending on what field you work in, data can be used to optimise digital marketing campaigns, develop new and innovative products and services, predict customer sales patterns, or increase productivity in areas such as sales and supply chain management.

Demand for data analysts is soaring, but there is a widening gap between the needs of organisations and the abilities of job candidates to fulfil those needs. Your UniSA Online data analytics degree is an opportunity to equip yourself with a powerful skill set that will make you highly competitive in the marketplace.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Throughout your degree, you’ll study 10 data analytics-focused courses, seven IT-focused courses and three fundamental courses in maths and stats. At the start of your degree, you’ll cover key concepts in IT, programming, maths and stats, and foundation topics in data analytics before diving deeper into specialist data analytics courses in your second year. Towards the end of your studies, you’ll explore advanced topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, text and social media analytics, data visualisation, and predictive analytics. For your capstone project, you’ll collaborate with an organisation on a real business challenge, using your skills to develop an approach to tackle a specific problem and deliver a solution for the client.

As cloud-hosted platforms and cloud solutions become part of modern analytics strategies, you must be armed with the most up-to-date knowledge. Learn about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the AWS Global Cloud Infrastructure, as well as other cloud service offerings from Azure and Google Cloud.

Take a practical, hands-on approach to learning and download the latest software professionals use – for free. Become proficient at using commonly used open-source statistics packages such as the R language. Discover data visualisation software such as Tableau and advanced data platforms such as Snowflake’s Data Cloud, as well as other tools and techniques for data acquisition and cleaning.

As a graduate, you won’t just gain technical data analytics skills. You’ll develop strong communication skills that will prepare you to present clear ideas and important business decisions to both technical and non-technical stakeholders across all levels of an organisation.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

Assessment

Assessment

All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
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UO Statistics Using R (MATH 2032)
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Elective 1
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Second year
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UO Cloud Platforms (INFT 2066)
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UO Data Structures (COMP 2033)
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UO Data Visualisation (INFS 3080)
book
Third year
book
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Elective 2
, Note(s): 1
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UO Machine Learning (INFT 3046)
book
book

Study Data Analytics on Demand

Dr Rhoda Abadia, UniSA Online Program Facilitator gives an insight into what the Data Analytics degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Data Analytics

Why this Degree

As the complexity and magnitude of data continue to grow, new data trends and insights are also evolving. At UniSA Online, we’ve specifically designed your data analytics courses in self-contained modules so that innovative and emerging data science topics can easily replace those that have become more mainstream.

You’ll be taught by experienced academics with expert knowledge in areas such as AI and machine learning, and you’ll study course content that has been co-developed with industry professionals and informed by the latest research in the field.

In a study that looked at the 10,000 Australian and New Zealand professionals listed on LinkedIn with the job titles ‘Data Scientist’ and ‘Data Analyst’, the most popular skills listed included programming languages such as SQL, Python, and R, business analysis, machine learning, visualisation tools such as Tableau and Microsoft PowerBI, as well as cloud technologies such as AWS, Google Cloud and Azure*. Your UniSA Online data analytics courses will ensure you leave job-ready with all these skills.

Study 100% online data analytics courses that have been designed with industry to meet common job requirements in roles such as data analysts, data scientists, business analysts, risk mitigation analyst and marketing analysts. You can be confident that what you’ll learn will directly translate into any data analysis-related profession, no matter where your career takes you.

*Data Science & Analytics – Market Snapshot and Salary Guide, Talent 2020

Career outcomes

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Your career

The explosion in device connectivity and increasing data volumes, combined with the rise of the Internet of Things and the impact of social media, are all factors fuelling exponential growth in big data and data analytics. The digitisation of industries and the sheer volume of data being collected is not showing any signs of slowing. As businesses harness the power of data to remain competitive, demand for data analysts who can effectively extract, translate, visualise, and communicate information is soaring. The boom in big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence means demand is peaking for these specialists globally.

Data analytics is not just reserved for big tech giants. Traversing areas such as health, education, retail, telecommunications, financial services and management consulting, data analysts are needed in almost every industry, opening a world of opportunities for your career.

A UniSA Online Data Analytics degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Data analyst:
    Conduct pre and post-campaign analysis, identify targeting opportunities that support decision making across promotional campaigns; work with datasets or big data environments such as SQL Server, AWS Athena or Presto; demonstrate proficiency in Excel, SQL and scripting languages such as R or Python; create dashboards and data visualisations using tools such as Tableau or Microsoft PowerBI; design and drive analytical experiments and make recommendations based on results; communicate data insights to both analytical and non-analytical stakeholders.

  • Data scientist:
    Identify relevant data sources for business needs; collect and organise large amounts of data into usable formats; solve business-related problems using data-driven techniques; build predictive models and machine learning algorithms; work with a variety of programming languages including SAS, R and Python; keep-up-to-date with analytical trends and techniques such as machine learning and text analytics; generate insights from data sets and identify trends and patterns, and effectively communicate data findings to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Business data strategist:
    Assess the most effective operating model and data approach to achieve business objectives; define and drive the enterprise-wide analytics vision across strategy, people, process, data and technology; and be heavily involved in business transformation, change and education needed to embed analytics into the organisational culture.

  • Data engineer:
    Develop new ways to store and access large amounts of data; design, build and test data architectures and tools that enable easier access and interpretation of data in a business context; develop, construct, test and maintain IT architectures such as databases and large-scale processing systems; gather, process and transform raw data from different sources and third parties; and extract data from systems to develop insights and recommendations that inform business decisions.

  • Data architect:
    Set up data platform technologies to manage and secure the flow of structured and unstructured data from multiple sources; create and maintain an optimal data pipeline architecture; develop reusable, maintainable and scalable data integrations and services; install and configure information systems; migrate data from legacy systems to new software solutions; design conceptional and logical data models and flowcharts; improve system performance by conducting tests and troubleshooting new elements.

  • Data visualisation specialist:
    Use visualisation tools and software to communicate information in different ways; present data in a way that is easy to understand, and spot patterns, trends and correlations; transform, improve and integrate data depending on business requirements; combine data sets across multiple sources; and deliver data in a useful and appealing way to users.

  • Information analyst:
    Provide advice, analysis and interpretation of data and information to key senior stakeholders; test security systems and identify potential problems that could cause security breaches in computer systems, mobile apps, and cloud software; write detailed risk reports if potential threats are discovered; develop security plans to protect system data; put up firewalls to guard data and protect systems from potential dangers; possess expert knowledge of the networking technologies within the organisation; demonstrate advanced programming skills in C, C+, and Java.

  • Reporting analyst:
    Analyse metrics and design reports to help drive critical business decisions; communicate results to senior stakeholders and provide recommendations based on the findings; design business analysts and data recording systems for the organisation; maintain databases and perform updates to ensure data accuracy; collect and analyse data for various types of business reports; monitor data to identify changes in financial and business trends.

Industry facts

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76% of businesses plan to increase investment in analytics capabilities over the next two years.

Deloitte Access Economics, The future of work: Occupational and education trends in data science in Australia, February 2018.

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The world creates an additional 3.5 quintillion bytes of data each year.

Data61. (2016). Tomorrow’s digitally enabled workforce: Megatrends and scenarios for jobs and employment in Australia over the coming twenty years.

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The data science workforce is forecasted to grow at 2.4% per annum (compared to 1.5% for the entire Australian labour workforce.)

Deloitte Access Economics, The future of work: Occupational and education trends in data science in Australia, February 2018.

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Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, UniSA undergraduates studying online have graduate employment rates well above the national average1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 1UniSA External UG full-time employment rate 83%
Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment.You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

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What others are saying

I have a young family and work full-time, so flexibility is very important to me. Being able to study 100% online means that I can study when my child is in bed, or when I’m commuting to work. It means that I can study during my child’s gymnastic class, when I’m waiting in the car, or on a weekend trip away.

Joan Khoo

UniSA Online student

Joan Khoo

Joan Khoo

UniSA Online student

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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