Course Overview

This course is meant for anyone who is interested to take raw data and convert it to meaningful information in the form of visuals. This will be a completely hands-on course where we take raw data, understand how data is captured, how to assess the quality of data and how to clean data. We will start with Microsoft excel. Students will create information views to summarize and visualize data to generate insights.

We will talk about the basic definition of data – What is data? Information collected to generate insights.

We will then move onto more sophisticated tool like Tableau where we discuss design principles on dashboards and the science of choosing charts. We will explore various story telling methods using data.

As a student, you do not need to know coding or programming to work with data in this course. The focus will be on data analysis is a fun visually enriching manner.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Understand what to do first when an unknown data set is presented.
  • Visually explore data.
  • Perform data clean up and get it ready for analysis.
  • Perform basic statistics to generate insights from data.
  • Present the data to stakeholders to make decisions quickly and in an informed manner.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit or noncredit transcript.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 132

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Noncredit: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $2,195
  • Commuter: $1,726

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus1-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2024MTWTh;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Noncredit Open

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will have morning classes that are workshop style, with hands on learning. Afternoon classes will be group activities and labs.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Raghavshyam (Shaam) Ramamurthy

Raghavshyam (Shaam) Ramamurthy is the Co-Founder of Wilson Consulting Private Limited. He has 25+ years of experience across the globe. Shaam completed his MBA at Whitman School of Management at Syracuse, NY specializing in Supply Chain Management. Shaam previously worked in the US for 10 years across a variety of industries including manufacturing, chemical processing and utilities. He also conducts Corporate Trainings on Analytics topics. Shaam has a strong passion for teaching and teaches at universities globally. He visits IIM Calcutta, IIM-Trichy, Masters Union, Great Lakes Institute of Management, XLRI, and Syracuse University where he teaches Data Visualization, Business Analytics and Marketing Analytics at various programs.

Faculty Professional Profile: LinkedIn

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