Melbourne MicroCert

Analytics and Organisational Impacts

Learn about different types of analytics for organisational success.

Study mode
4 weeks (42 hours)
Skills area
Leveraging Organisational Data

Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021


There are a range of different types of analytics which, depending on their application, can produce various competitive advantages for organisations.

This Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with a sound understanding of the different types of analytics, and the skills and knowledge to apply these within various organisational functions to produce competitive advantage.

Guided by leading practitioners from the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems, you will learn the various impacts of analytics application within specific organisation functions, such as human resources, business processes and supply chain, and how to apply them for success. You will also explore a range of key issues that affect the use of strategic information within organisations, including ethics and big data, privacy, and identity.

Analytics and Organisational Impacts is part of the Leveraging Organisational Data Melbourne MicroCert series.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for mid to late-career ICT professionals seeking to advance their careers or future-proof their skillsets. It will provide you with an opportunity to advance your knowledge and gain evidence of your understanding and expertise in this area. It is also valuable for professionals in other sectors who need to improve their digital fluency.

Key topics

Delivered as two modules, this Melbourne MicroCert will equip you to understand and apply different types of analytics. You will cover:

Module 1: Analytics for a fact-based decision-making culture

  • How analytics can support competitive advantage
  • The different types of analytics
  • Specific tasks that can use analytics within business functions.

Module 2: Organisational issues around strategic information

  • The impact of big data and ethics on analytics and decision making
  • The responsibilities regarding privacy of personal information
  • The concept of identity and its impact on analytics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Formulate an analytics initiative for an organisation, explaining and justifying the type of analytics approach chosen
  • Assess the organisational issues relating to ethics, privacy and identity, and recommend strategies to mitigate risk when dealing with strategic data.

Learning experience

In our innovative online learning environment, you will engage with other professionals and undertake interactive and reflective activities such as webinars, peer discussions, readings and analysis of real-world examples. You will also hear from industry experts who will share valuable insights into the topic.

Fully online delivery presents a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you.

Who will you learn from?

Dr Sean Maynard is based in the School of Computing and Information Systems. Over his career, he has gained significant teaching and research experience in the information security management and business analytics domains. His interests in information security management include: policy, culture, strategy, governance, risk, incident response and training, along with how analytics can be utilised in these areas. His research has been published in high-impact journals such as Decision Sciences, Computers & Security and the International Journal of Information Management.


This MicroCert is taught over four weeks (including one week for orientation and one for assessment). The total time commitment is 42 hours, consisting of approximately eight hours guided online learning, 13 hours self-guided study, and 21 hours for assessment tasks.

Assessment includes:

  • Part 1: An Analytics Initiative Pitch (30%)
  • Part 2: Analytics Initiative Presentation (70%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Analytics and Organisational Impacts Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will warrant the achievement of knowledge, skills and capabilities outlined in the learning outcomes. It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert has been designed in close collaboration with industry to ensure it reflects best practice and has direct relevance to your profession. As part of your learning, you will hear from practising industry experts.

Pathways to further study

Analytics and Organisational Impacts can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Leveraging Organisational Data series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Analytics and Organisational Impacts is designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – to into the Master of Information Systems or Master of IT Management Executive.

To use it in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Leveraging Organisational Data series, as each MicroCert is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, then apply for credit towards the qualification.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

Analytics and Organisational Impacts will expire five years from the date of issue due to the changing nature of the technology landscape.

Eligibility requirements

To take this MicroCert it is recommended you have:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and two years’ documented experience in IT-related work


  • At least five years’ documented experience in IT-related work.

You are encouraged to complete the Enterprise Analytics and Data Store Strategies prior to undertaking this MicroCert, but this is not a formal prerequisite.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

Monday 11 October 2021

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