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Power BI Data Analysis Classes

Power BI is a set of software analytical tools to help you gain insights into your data. It can be used to bring together data from a variety of sources and create interactive reports, visualizations, and dashboards to share with others in your organization. Learn to use this software by taking an instructor-led class from the Computer Education & Training Center at UMSL. [More on Power BI]

Our Power BI classes are now available online with an instructor present for the entire course. You will see the instructor's screen throughout the class and you can share your screen if you need individual help from the instructor. You will have time to practice, ask questions, and receive hands-on training. In addition, if you don't have Power BI installed on your machine, you can remote into one of our computers. For more information, email

Introduction to Power BI

(Prerequisite: Intermediate Excel and Introduction to SQL or experience with any database.) Power BI allows users to bring their business information to life. Visualize data through interactive tools designed to deliver fast, meaningful insights into the needs and goals of an organization. Discover how to connect to a wide variety of data sources. Learn the terminology associated with data analysis and explore the Power BI interface. Manage data in workbooks containing multiple worksheets, each displaying a different visualization. Explore ways to sort and filter a variety of data types. Manipulate date data to further enhance data analysis. Turn information into maps based on geographical data. Display data visualizations in interactive dashboards for a quick, easy view of what matters most. [Course Outline]
Fee: $279

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E1096 Tues., Aug. 11West CountyMark Ratliff
E1191 Thurs., Sept. 3West CountyMark Ratliff
E1271 Fri., Oct. 2West CountyMark Ratliff

Intermediate Power BI

(Prerequisite: Introduction to Power BI or equivalent experience.) Improve your Power BI skills as you work with more complex data. Learn to use Data Modeling in Power BI to create the foundation for your reports and visualizations as well as to manage your data relationships. Understand naming conventions and best practices for importing your data. Use the Query editor to shape, cleanse, and query your data. Learn how to import Data Models from PowerPivot. Incorporate date and time intelligence to filter your data and discover how key metrics change over time. Understand how to work with dates and calculate month-to-date or year-to-date sales or compare similar time periods between two years. Additional topics include grouping data, and working with visualizations including dual axis charts, scatter charts, and gauges. [Course Outline]
Fee: $279

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E1097 Tues., Aug. 18West CountyMark Ratliff
E1192 Thurs., Sept. 10West CountyMark Ratliff
E1272 Fri., Oct. 9West CountyMark Ratliff

Advanced Power BI: Level 1

(Prerequisite: Intermediate Power BI or equivalent experience.) Use Power BI to shape and cleanse data, preparing it for output to visualizations and reports. Learn to work with more advanced data models, and to create and use data hierarchies. Understand how to create/apply reference lines using the Analytics panel, and how to create and use measures. Learn to make calculated columns using Data Analysis Expression (DAX) functions and to use DAX to calculate across multiple tables. Discover the CALCULATE function to generate multiple criteria filters, the RANK function to order data, and other functions to manage date arithmetic. Understand how to use logical functions to create alerts and custom groups. Topics include in-depth calculated columns and measures, and creating end-user parameter controls. Additonal topics include advanced aggregation and filtering using the X functions (SUMX, AVERAGEX, MINX, MAXX, COUNTX). [Course Outline]
Fee: $279

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E1098 Tues., Aug. 25West CountyMark Ratliff
E1193 Thurs., Sept. 17West CountyMark Ratliff
E1273 Fri., Oct. 16West CountyMark Ratliff

Advanced Power BI: Level 2

Prerequisite: Intermediate Applications of Power BI or equivalent experience.) Take your Power BI skills to the next level and work with larger data models. Discover how to generate fiscal quarters and years to target planning and projections. Use a calendar table to store and utilize date and time functions more efficiently. Understand how to create and use functional measures to calculate percentages. Learn basic and advanced techniques for un-pivoting tables. Understand how to combine data from multiple sources, do multiple queries, and work with mismatched tables. Learn to Import and cleanse data from a web source. Additional topics include employing a KPI visualization, custom visualizations, and using an R script to import data for analysis.
Fee: $279

One-Day Class Meets 8:30am-4:00pm (6.5 hours)
Code Date Location Instructor
E1099 Tues., Sept. 1West CountyMark Ratliff
E1194 Wed., Sept. 23West CountyMark Ratliff
E1274 Fri., Oct. 23West CountyMark Ratliff

If you would like to register for a course, call (314) 984-9000 or register online.

Classes are also available in SQL (Structured Query Language) commands which can be used in a variety of client/server database systems.