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.

In this introductory Tableau course, you will learn the basics of how to analyse data, create charts and tell stories. 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 instructor-led course will build your skills in analysing data through the use of Tableau charts and Tableau data functions, so that you will have the confidence to immediately apply this learning in your own workplace. This is achieved through hands-on exercises that will give you the practical steps needed for using Tableau, with confidence.

This course will build your skills in creating stylish visualisations and dashboards that can be used to explain complexity with clarity. In so doing, you will learn how effective data storytelling can be used to improve business decision-making.

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


The course aims to build your skills in:

  • performing basic functions in Tableau
  • connecting to data sources, importing data into Tableau and saving Tableau files
  • managing, sorting and grouping data
  • filtering data in views
  • creating maps, dashboards, visualisations and stories
  • saving and sharing data sources and workbooks.


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

  • prepare and clean data so that Tableau displays the best answers to your questions
  • analyse data using Tableau data functions
  • build effective visualisations and dashboards in Tableau
  • share dashboards and visualisations for telling a story
  • tell stories with data to aid decision-making.


Downloading Tableau

  • Tableau Public
  • Tableau licensed versions

Connecting Tableau to data files

  • Excel
  • CSV
  • Other file formats

Tableau worksheets

  • Understanding the Tableau workspace
  • An overview of the worksheet
  • Meaning of icons

Tableau Data Properties

  • How to define the data type in Tableau
  • Data properties and data fields
  • Change data type for a data field (number, date, string, Boolean, etc.)
  • Manage data properties (dimensions, measures)
  • Manage data fields (discrete, continuous)

Tableau Data Commands

  • Filtering
  • Sorting
  • Grouping
  • Hierarchies

Tableau Chart functions

  • How to create a basic chart
  • Line chart
  • Bar chart
  • Scatter Plots
  • Pie Charts
  • Effective Use of Titles and Captions

Tableau Data Analysis

  • Basic arithmetic calculations with Tableau
  • Working with Statistics and Trend lines

Creating visualisations and story-telling with Tableau

  • Creating visualisations with data sets provided
  • Building a Dashboard

Saving and sharing data

  • Share Workbooks for Collaboration
  • Save and Publish Data Sources

Intended audience

This course is designed for the beginner Tableau user. It will help you understand and use the basic techniques within Tableau for creating visualisations. This is a slower-paced class for users who need time to grasp the fundamental concepts relating to use of Tableau.


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

Delivery style

  • Instructor-led, interactive workshop.
  • Computer based training in a computer lab on University premises.


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.

Introduction to Tableau Course: Level 1A

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