Working with data

Aims and objectives

This module will:

  • explain what data is
  • examine how data is used
  • explore ways to analyse data.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • find, clean and use data
  • evaluate and select tools to analyse and display data.

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 What is data?

  • Data can take a variety of forms.
  • It must be analysed and interpreted to give it meaning.

 Uses of data

  • Data is used to build knowledge and inform research.
  • It must be used ethically.

 Sources of data

  • You can use existing data or collect your own.
  • The quality of datasets should be evaluated.

 Clean data

  • Data may require cleaning to be usable.
  • Data must be in a format that analysis software can open and read.

 Analyse and display data

  • There are many ways that data can be analysed and visualised.
  • Tools and software can help with this process.

 Cite data

  • Any data used in your assignments or projects should be cited.
  • Different referencing styles have different formats for citing datasets.


Duration:   Approximately 30 minutes

Graduate attributes

Knowledge and skills you can gain to contribute to your Graduate attributes:

 Independence and creativity

 Critical judgement

 Ethical and social understanding

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