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Data Management Fundamentals

5 Aug 2024 - 30 Sep 2024

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Full course description

A leadership course to grow your team and data literary with confidence.

People Power Data is our online course designed for leaders, managers and HR professionals to help develop an understanding of their organisation’s data needs. This course leadership data course is a must-have in your professional development journey if you work with employees or teams who use data and AI.

Learn how to define and source your skills requirements and develop or source employees with the proper knowledge.

During the course, you will examine the challenges of upskilling an organisation within the context of strategic and societal expectations, with practical tools and techniques to inform your learning.


Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are involved in building or growing a data literate team. You may be looking to develop an understanding of your organisation’s data skills needs, or actively working to define and source new employees. It is for organisational leaders, HR or recruitment professionals in charge of building data capacity and teams, or any data-curious person looking to improve their data literacy, and understand what best-practice looks like.

The course is not industry-specific and applies to learners across all sectors from anywhere in the world.

What will you learn?

  • Understand what data profiles exist or are needed within your organisation
  • Identify specific skills requirements by considering both what your people and your organisation need to succeed
  • Learn how to maximise the talent you have, and understand your talent and recruitment gaps
  • Develop a strategy for embedding data literacy across your whole team

You will leave this course with the confidence to articulate and justify the upskilling and reskilling plan required by your organisation, and your people, to succeed in today’s data-driven society. You’ll have a clear roadmap unique to your journey, an increased understanding of your skill requirements, and the next steps for success.

Course structure

The Data Lab online courses are not technical and can be done at your own pace. They are guaranteed to have an impact on the way that your business uses data and AI. These courses have been created specifically for those working in businesses or organisations – which differ from the traditional personal upskilling journey of other courses in this realm.

Start date

Enrolment for our summer cohort opens 8 July 2024. Join the waitlist now.



Completion requirements

In order to earn a completion badge, learners must complete all modules and associated quizzes with an 80% passing grade or above

Module 1: Understanding People’s Needs

  • Explore the data profiles of your organisation, and society
  • Consider how these data profiles map and apply to your organisation
  • Identify your specific skills requirements to succeed

Module 2: Setting Yourself Up for Success

  • Understand society’s data expectations and how this impacts your organisation
  • Align your upskilling needs with your business ambitions
  • Identify how to mitigate bias in data

Module 3: Your Upskilling and Reskilling Plan

  • Capture the organisational opportunity you are striving for
  • Identify the skills gap between what you have and what you need
  • Build your upskilling and reskilling plan from proven resources

Term enrolment dates 2024/2025

Summer 2024

Enrolment open 8th July – 12th August for summer cohort (5th August – 30th September)

Autumn 2024

Enrolment open 7th October – 11th November for autumn cohort (4th November 2024 – 13th January 2025)

Winter 2025

Enrolment open 8th December 2024 – 10th February 2025 for winter cohort (3rd February 2025 – 31st March 2025)


If you are unemployed, at risk of redundancy, or returning to work after an absence, we may be able to offer a funded place on the course through Data Skills for work. Please contact us for more information at

Why study with The Data Lab?

The Data Lab is hosted by the University of Edinburgh and funded through the Scottish Funding Council. We are a respected and trusted provider of professional development, business support and innovation within Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Our courses provide actionable material to make an immediate impact. You’ll get precise instructions, step-by-step guidance, relatable case studies, and valuable material for your work – all without the jargon. Plus, they’re entirely non-technical – meaning anyone can benefit, regardless of previous data knowledge.

All courses from The Data Lab benefit from a digital badge on completion that is compatible with LinkedIn and is an asset to your CV or portfolio. These official credits are emailed directly to you and are easy to integrate.

Beyond your learning, you’ll have access to The Data Lab Community – an online community of over 5000 data and AI professionals and business leaders worldwide. Discover more about our online courses

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