Centre for Continuing Education

Introduction to Tableau Course: Level 1B

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.

This Tableau course is suitable for those wanting to further develop their Tableau skills and build out their introductory Tableau skill set. Turn your data into actionable insights with Tableau’s data management, visualisation, interactive dashboard and online sharing capabilities.

This course will take you beyond the initial steps in mastering Tableau. It is assumed you have already acquired basic skills with Tableau charts, commands and data functions. We encourage you to complete the Introduction to Tableau Course: Level 1A, or check you can complete the learning outcomes in the Level 1A course before enrolling.

This course is also suitable for people who have some basic prior experience with Tableau and now wish to become more savvy, when analysing and visualising data. This is achieved through hands-on exercises so that you have a set of steps for achieving similar outcomes in your workplace.

This instructor-led short course will give you the confidence to take a range of different data sets, prepare the data and then produce meaningful data visualisations and charts. You will learn Tableau’s data connection capabilities and visualisation features, which go far beyond those that can be found in spreadsheets, allowing you to create compelling and interactive worksheets, dashboards and stories that bring your data to life and allow you to take thoughtful action.

You will also work with Tableau’s wizards and shortcuts, for the purpose of creating beautiful Business Intelligence visualisations quickly and with the least amount of effort, thereby enabling your organisation to make smarter and more informed decisions.


This course aims to build your skills in:

  • preparing and cleaning data in Tableau to efficiently find answers
  • creating advanced visualisations with Tableau that explain complexity with clarity and style
  • using data storytelling to aid decision-making.


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

  • proficiently navigate Tableau using a full suite of commands
  • analyse data and calculate with tables using Tableau commands
  • generate the most meaningful visualisations
  • develop interactive dashboards
  • deliver insightful stories visually in addressing a business problem.


Preparing & connecting Data in Tableau

  • Connecting to different types of data sources (Excel, CSV, Access, MS SQL, Tableau Server)
  • Structuring data for Tableau
  • Manage Data Source Metadata
  • Cross database joins
  • Data Blending – integrating different data sources

Analysing data

  • Create a visual group
  • Create a calculated field (e.g. string, date, simple arithmetic)
  • Add a parameter
  • Totals and Subtotals

Calculate with tables

  • Explaining a table calculation
  • Aggregating and disaggregating data
  • Forecasting

Building Interactive Dashboard

  • How to create a dashboard
  • How to perform navigation in dashboards
  • Combining multiple visualisations into a dashboard

Visualising Distributions and Multiple Axes to Compare Different Measures

  • Making your worksheet interactive by using actions and filters
  • Using Background Images
  • Animation

Telling a Data Story

  • Working with Labels and Annotations
  • Visualising Dates and Times
  • Custom chart types – KPI matrix, Gantt, Pareto, Trend lines
  • Sharing Insights

Sharing and Publishing Workbooks

  • Publish to Reader
  • Publish to Office
  • Publish to PDF
  • Publish to Tableau Server and Sharing over the Web

Intended audience

This course is designed for the Tableau user who has moved beyond the beginner stage and has some prior experience with Tableau.


It is assumed you have completed the Tableau: Level 1a course, or have equivalent knowledge.

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 1B

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