Information Visuals and Dashboards for Business

For-Credit Non-Degree, Online

Take control of your data and learn to tell compelling stories with it. This course, led by industry expert Kevin Hartman, Google's former Chief Analytics Evangelist, will equip you with the skills to transform raw data into visually stunning and persuasive narratives.

Apply the credits you earn in this course directly into eligible degree and certificate programs.

Register now to start the course July 3.


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$103k median income for roles needing data visualization


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About the course

Information Visuals and Dashboards for Business is a 3-credit online course from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University focused on the art and science of data visualization and dashboard design. The course is divided into seven comprehensive modules that will guide you through the process of crafting a compelling data story. You'll learn from real-world examples and develop your skills through hands-on projects.

Meet the instructor

Kevin Hartman is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in digital solutions, working with major brands such as Nestle, General Mills, Kellogg's, and Bank of America. Kevin's expertise will guide you as you develop the skills to visualize data and make informed decisions.

Course preview

Course structure

Information Visuals and Dashboards for Business is broken up into 7 modules:

Planning Your Data Story: Learn about the key objective of a data analyst and begin mapping out stories in your data using Tableau.

Exploratory Data Analysis: Dive into your data and search for patterns or trends that indicate the presence of a story.

Creating Visualizations: Understand the basics of visualization and learn how to use contrast to grab your audience's attention.

Communicating Meaning From Data: Develop your skills in presenting ideas in an accessible way during chart design.

Refining Execution of Visualizations: Learn to identify common mistakes that clutter charts and confuse audiences and how to avoid them.

Presenting Information: Understand the art of presentation and learn to target your audience effectively with your data story.

Dashboards: Learn the role dashboards play in data presentation and how to use Tableau to create effective ones.

Real-world projects

Each module comes with a hands-on project that puts you in the role of a data analyst. You'll work with real-world data from Divvy, a bicycle-sharing system, and use your skills to address business challenges.


  • Data Storytelling 70% 70%
  • Exploratory Data Analysis 40% 40%
  • Data Visualization 80% 80%

What you need to start

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample

Note: materials are not required at the time of registration.

Registration information

Deadline Start Date
Extended: June 23 July 3


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Quick Facts

  • Credits: 3
  • Course cost: $2,000
  • Learner platform: Coursera
  • 100% online
  • Apply credits directly into eligible degree and certificate programs

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