Centre for Continuing Education

Introduction to Tableau Course: Level 1A

Data analysis and analytics. Uncover insights and transform your organisation.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Tableau is the first choice for organisations looking to unlock the potential of big data. Turn your data into actionable insights with Tableau’s data management, visualisation, interactive dashboard and online sharing capabilities. Tableau enables you to perform essential tasks for many of today’s research, analysis and business intelligence jobs.

This Introduction to Tableau course runs in two parts. After completing Level 1A, we encourage you to proceed with Introduction to Tableau Course: Level 1B.


This course aims to provide you with a practical, working knowledge of Tableau Desktop’s and Tableau Prep’s core features. These core features include: the user interface, data management, basic graphs and maps, field calculations and interactive dashboards.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • find your way around the Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep user interfaces
  • connect to data from a variety of sources and prepare it for analysis using Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep
  • distinguish between data types (measures/dimensions, continuous/discrete)
  • filter and sort data
  • work with dates
  • create basic graphs and maps using Tableau Desktop’s built-in chart types
  • use the field calculator
  • perform quick table calculations
  • create interactive dashboards
  • find information on the Tableau Knowledge Base and other sources to help you create basic visualisations not explicitly covered in the course.


Installing Tableau

Tableau desktop introduction

  • Importing and preparing data
  • Visualising data

The Tableau desktop user interface (UI)

  • Menus and toolbar
  • Side bar
  • Shelves, cards and pills
  • Legends

Basic functions

  • Axes, labels and panes
  • Filtering
  • Maps and colour
  • Dates
  • Quick table calculations
  • Tooltips

Data management

  • Working with untidy data
  • Handling missing values
  • Handling unrecognised place names
  • Tableau prep introduction

Basic charts

  • Table
  • Bar chart
  • Scatterplot
  • Line graph
  • Histogram
  • Heat map
  • Dot/lollipop chart
  • Bullet chart
  • Area chart
  • Choropleth map


Intended audience

Suitable for professionals and academics who want to learn basic data management and visualisation techniques in Tableau.

Delivery style

  • Workshop
  • Computer based training in a computer lab


It is assumed you have data literacy knowledge to the level of performing basic data analysis tasks in Microsoft Excel.


You will be provided with online training materials including a mixture of step-by-step instructions and exercises. These materials will serve as a useful reference when working with Tableau in the future.

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.

Recommended reading

Tableau online learning materials


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

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