***This course is an elective course of the Micro-credential in Advanced Data Science Program. Ask about this program at contact@hpedsi.uh.edu.

This hands-on course introduces the key concepts for business data analytics using both MS Excel and Power BI, serving as an analytics literacy course to help students gain essential knowledge in business data analytics to enhance firm competitiveness. Concepts introduced in this course aim to develop an understanding of the several types of business data, data modeling techniques, various analytical approaches, and the application of these approaches to solve business problems using platform-agnostic tools in MS Excel and Power BI. The practices cover both basic and advanced functions of MS Excel, including PivotTable, PivotChart, and Adds-in, as well as key features of Power BI such as data connections, report designing, and interactive report creation. No textbooks are required.

Prerequisites: None.



Syllabus: Link to syllabus 

Instructor: Josh K Kaisen

Teaching Assistant: Udaya Sri Mandadapu (umandada@cougarnet.uh.edu)

Date: 27th August 2024 - 1st October 2024

Time: Tue Thur, 5:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Location:  Join microsoft teams  

Capacity: 150

  • HPE DSI’s courses are free for UH System students from outside the Main Campus. However, these individuals must enroll in our courses at least three weeks before the courses starting date to allow for proper registration.

Attendance Requirement:

Good standing on Attendance grade (>50%) would be required to see new course materials, homework assignments, and exams/projects as the course proceeds.

Also, for students interested in getting a badge or certificate for completing this course, an attendance grade of at least 12 hours of the class meeting sessions is required, to be qualified for passing the course and getting the badge.


Clear Lake, Victoria, Downtown, Sugar Land, or Katy campuses

Attendees who are current UHS students, staff, or faculty from the Clear Lake, Victoria, Downtown, Sugar Land or Katy campuses MUST fill in this credentials form at least three(3) weeks before the course start date. This will allow adequate time to process your course access credentials before the first class.

Current UHS (all campuses) Student, Staff, or Faculty Registration Fee: Free.


UH Alumni and Non-UH Affiliates

Attendees who are not current UHS students, staff, or faculty will need to make a payment for the course prior to its commencement.

UH Alumni Registration Fee: $250.00.

Non-UH Affiliate Registration Fee: $250.00.

** Non-UH affiliates and alumni registering for the HPE DSI classes MUST:

(1) complete the payment of the course fees ($250.00 per course) at least three(3) weeks before course commencement using this link https://store.mynsm.uh.edu/index.php?route=product/product&path=377_380&product_id=998


(2) fill in this credentials form at least three(3) weeks before the course start date. This will allow adequate time to process your course access credentials before the first class.

If you wish to withdraw from the course, Please use the option "Unenroll me" available at the right-hand pane on the course webpage to unenroll from the course. Feel free to e-mail us at contact@hpedsi.uh.edu, if you have any questions.

** The following refund schedule applies:
More than three weeks before the start date: A cancellation fee of 10% of the total workshop cost applies.
Less than three weeks before the start date: 15% cancellation fee applies.
Less than one week before the start date: 25% cancellation fee applies.
48 hours or less before class start: No refund is available.
All deposits and payments made are non-transferable. The HPE DSI cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason. If the HPE DSI has to cancel a workshop, you will receive a full refund.