Learn Tableau Desktop for Accurate Business Analysis

Hit the ground running with Tableau Desktop - develop 10 core skills for one of the fastest growing job markets in IT!
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

Let's decide if this course is right for you.

  1. Have you recently started, or are you planning to start, using Tableau Desktop in your business?
  2. Are you looking to quickly build your skills in Tableau Desktop?
  3. Are you looking for Tableau Desktop skills that can be immediately put to use in analysing your business?

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then this course is for you!

This course will give you the skills you need to jump straight in to using Tableau Desktop in your business.

Presented in a business context and working step-by-step through an instructor-led case study, this course goes beyond simply teaching the functions of Tableau Desktop. This course uses real-world business problems to give you 10 core skills that business users should have when using Tableau Desktop.

The 10 Tableau Desktop core skills covered by this course are:

    Bar & Line Charts

    Pie Charts

    Geographic Maps

    Scatter Plots


    Area Charts


    Dual Axis Charts

    Crosstabs and calculations


An additional “Bonus Round” provides some more advanced skill development in formatting data, blending data, creating custom design elements and using responsive dashboard elements to build more sophisticated dashboards.

In addition to the video lectures and supporting notes, you will receive a range of workbooks and additional tools that you can use again and again. These tools and templates have been developed and tested over many years of consulting to organisations of all sizes using Tableau Desktop.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic PC or Mac setup - preferably with Tableau Desktop already installed (however instructions to do this are also included in this course).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get started with Tableau Desktop
  • Create a new workbook with a new data source connection
  • Demonstrate each of the following core skills: Bar & Line Charts, Pie Charts, Geographic Maps, Scatter Plots, Groups, Area Charts, Filters, Dual Axis Charts, Crosstabs and Calculations, and Actions.
  • Share your work via a range of platforms.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for business users who want to quickly develop a set of core Tableau Desktop skills that can be put to immediate use in analyzing their business.
  • Students may or may not have had 'hands-on' experience with Tableau Desktop - this course caters for those just beginning their Tableau journey, through to those who have already started exploring Tableau Desktop.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome and Introductions

Are you ready to make USD$100,000 per year? The demand for people with good Tableau skills is growing exponentially. Make sure you're part of the small (but growing!) community of Tableau specialists worldwide and get ready to be in high demand!


This lecture will introduce you to the objectives of this course and outline how, using common business applications , we will highlight key features and demonstrate core skills of Tableau Desktop.

Section 2: Getting Started

This lecture will walk you through how to get started with Tableau Desktop - including links to product trial downloads for you to practice the skills taught in this course.


This lecture will walk you through creating a data connection with a sample dataset (provided in the supplementary materials).

3 questions
Section 3: Sample data files
Click here to download sample data files used throughout this course
Section 4: 10 Tableau Desktop Core Skills in a Business Context

This lecture introduces the 'balanced scorecard' framework we will use to demonstrate key business analysis functions using Tableau Desktop.


This lecture covers off the key skills of bar charts, line charts and pie charts using Tableau Desktop.


This lecture covers off the key skills of geographic maps and scatter plots using Tableau Desktop.


This lecture covers off the key skills of groups, area charts and filters using Tableau Desktop.


This lecture covers off the key skills of dual axis charts, crosstabs (tables) and calculations, and actions using Tableau Desktop.

Section 5: Time to Share
Time to Share
Section 6: Summary and Next Steps
Summary and Next Steps
Section 7: Bonus Round!
Formatting data
Blending data

I always find it interesting to watch teachers and instructors follow their own advice. So, in the spirit of sharing my tips and techniques with you, I wanted to share this video which is a (very) fast replay of how I built my submission for the 2015 Iron Viz Championship. I hope you find it interesting and also reassuring that data visualization is an iterative process!!!

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Instructor Biography

Jane Crofts, Tableau Partner and Tableau Qualified Associate

Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Jane and I want to help you make your business a true success.

I make sense of data and I want to make it easy for you to do that too.

Join the rapidlly growing number of students worldwide who have taken the next step in their analytics adventures!

I have extensive experience in leading business improvement initiatives whilst holding senior management positions across a range of industries, within both the public and private sectors.

In 2012, I established my own business intelligence consulting firm to help organisations better see and understand their data, utilising cutting-edge technology and data visualisation techniques. I'm a Tableau Qualified Associate, and one Tableau Software's first Alliance Partners in Australia.

I have real-world experience - underpinned by Bachelor and Master Degree foundations - which can help you identify, address and improve performance across all areas of your business.

I've amassed a wealth of knowledge and strategies which I have consolidated to bring you a collection of tools, tips and techniques to help you make better, data driven decisions for your business and boost your confidence when it comes to all things 'data'!

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