Melbourne MicroCert

Strategic Data in Organisations

Explore how organisations can harness the full power of analytics and design effective data storage solutions.

Study mode
4 weeks (21 hours) + 21 hours for assessment
Skills area
Leveraging Organisational Data

Upcoming sessions

Monday 19 July 2021


In a world rich with information, how can organisations best manage and store data?

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the challenges related to data storage and how an organisation can leverage analytics to gain a competitive advantage in their market.

Guided by leading from practitioners from the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems, you will examine how organisations use data and analytics to inform decision-making.

You will also investigate various ways organisations can design storage for data assets, such as data warehousing, and consider other key trends in information architecture for business analytics.

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 the opportunity for you to advance your knowledge and provide 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 with a strong grounding in data storage and the function of analytics within organisations. You will cover:

Module 1: Analytics in Organisations

  • The function of data and how organisations use data for analytical tasks
  • The role of analytics in organisational decision making
  • The challenges of managing data using Data Warehousing (DW).

Module 2: Data Storage for Analytics

  • Conceptual and logical data warehouse architecture options
  • Trade-offs when making design decisions
  • Trends in information architecture for business analytics
  • Implications for the organisation when making planning and investment decisions.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role of analytics in an organisation
  • Evaluate a range of architecture options and analyse data storage challenges for analytics operations
  • Analyse issues that organisations face in adopting data analytics for decision-making and make recommendations on how an organisation can gain a competitive advantage by adopting data analytics.

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 B. 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 Melbourne MicroCert is delivered over four weeks, with two weeks for teaching, and two weeks for assessment. You will undertake eight hours of guided online learning, 13 hours of independent study and 21 hours to complete assessment tasks.

Assessment includes:

  • Online discussion contributions (30%)
  • An annotated presentation that explores your understanding of analytics in organisations and data storage for analytics (70%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Strategic Data in Organisations Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as 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

Strategic Data in Organisations can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Leveraging Organisational Data series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Strategic Data in Organisations is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Information Systems or Master of IT Management Executive.

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

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire five years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may need to be refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, you must have:

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


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


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 19 July 2021

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