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In this applied project course, you will analyze needs, validate potential solutions and make evidence-based recommendations with significant impact for your client, organization or industry. Your proposal will include an analysis on the benefits, risks and obstacles, considerations, and approach; an estimated return on investment; and visualizations using data to support your expected results. This is a capstone project where you will be placed in peer groups while completing your projects separately. While each student is responsible for their own reports and presentation, the facilitator will be available to provide real world insights and guidance to help you succeed.
You will learn:
- to apply previous course learnings in solving real-world business problems
- to build an innovative use-case that is grounded in analytics, business intelligence, good governance and data visualization
- to communicate the implications of your innovation in improving practices and how the results of your work are transferable to other clients, organizations, or industry
to create a comprehensive write-up and final presentation on your project with applied examples and suggested implementation
Prerequisites and requirements
Students are required to have previous data cleansing knowledge. This means that students should already be comfortable using a data analytic tool (such as Power Query or Power BI) to perform data cleansing as well as having basic statistics, visualization, and data modelling knowledge.
While our focus will be on the Microsoft suite of products, this program is designed to be tool agnostic. That means you can use your preferred tool, software and/or method to complete the activities. This is not a software tutorial program. It is expected that you have a good command of at least one tool.
For students who do not feel they have the required skills above, we recommend taking the Data preparation: Cleansing, modelling and dashboards course of the Data Management Foundations Certificate, or other introductory data cleansing courses or programs first.
The ADMCP is a facilitated program. Each core course is composed of six modules to be completed in six consecutive weeks, with one module of one course per week. To support your successful completion in the courses, a facilitator will be available each week during the designated six-week time frame to answer questions during a live Q&A or provide additional support in completing the weekly activities. Completion of course work and access to facilitators will only be available during the specified timeframes. The certificate of completion will be awarded once all module quizzes have been passed.
The next facilitated session for the course is March 4 – April 14, 2024.
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Pricing & registration
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25 CPD CPD hour(s)
Who should attend?
This program is for CPAs and non-CPAs and is targeted toward analysts to senior manager roles in accounting and finance.
Frequently asked questions:
1. How long does it take to complete the course?
Individual courses are designed to be completed within six weeks following the format of one module per week through the facilitated sessions.
2. What are the technology requirements for the program?
The ADMCP is delivered by a platform called Canvas, an online learning management system used by Simon Fraser University. Access to Canvas requires a personal computer and internet. Further, to complete activities, it is recommended for students to have access to Microsoft Office. While the program is designed to be tool agnostic, the following lists the recommended programs and those required for some modules:
- Word and Excel: Can be used for all Courses. Power Query within Excel can be used to solve some activities in this course
- Power BI: Recommended for visualizations and data analysis
- Tableau (optional): Alternative program introduced for visualizations
As many work laptops prevent employees from installing non-work-related programs for security purposes, we recommend using your personal computer or getting approval ahead of time to be ready for this course.
3. Is there any financial assistance or grants available?
Additional options and pricing may be available. Grants and financial assistance may also be available. For a free consultation, contact our CPA Canada Learning Advisors.
4. Where can I find out more about the course and the program?
You can find out more information on the program homepage where you will find a section on frequently asked questions and additional program information. The PDF document includes information on the course structure, facilitated session format, technology requirements, prerequisites, how to prepare, and more.
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