Big Data Analytics

Program: BDAT
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


Big Data allows users to visualize past, present, and future patterns by linking and presenting information in meaningful ways. Data Analytics offers deeper insight into the meaning of data sets by telling the story behind the information. This enables stakeholders to make more informed decisions, predict trends and better understand the needs and sentiments of customers. This program provides students with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and applied skills. Students learn how to collect, curate, manipulate, encode, and store data sets so they can be analyzed and mined in such a way that they can be reused and repurposed to solve challenges that don’t yet exist.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are able to collect, organize and correlate data for a wide range of industries including government, applied research, human resources, health care, and sales and marketing. Leveraging prior background, skills, and experience, students may be employed in roles such as Data Analyst, Data Visualization Developer, Business Intelligence (BI) Specialist, Analytics Specialist, BI Solutions Architect or Business Analytic Specialist.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • collect, manipulate and mine data sets to meet an organizational need;
  • recommend different systems architectures and data storage technologies to support data analytics;
  • design data models that meet the needs of a specific business process;
  • develop software applications to manipulate data sets, correlate information and produce reports;
  • design and present data visualizations to communicate information to business stakeholders;
  • apply business analytics and business intelligence tools to support evidence-based decision making;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the field of data analytics;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma, degree or equivalent. It is recommended that the applicant have a specialty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or business.

Graduation Requirements

12 Mandatory Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
BDAT 1000Data Manipulation Techniques
BDAT 1001Information Encoding Standards
BDAT 1002Data Systems Architecture
BDAT 1003Business Processes and Modelling
BDAT 1004Data Programming
BDAT 1005Mathematics for Data Analytics
BDAT 1006Data Visualization
BDAT 1007Social Data and Mining Techniques
BDAT 1008Data Collection and Curation
BDAT 1009Enterprise Analytics
BDAT 1010Business Intelligence
BDAT 1011Data Analytics Project

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