Computing: Data Analytics Units 3 and 4


In Unit 3 you will access, select and extract authentic data from large repositories. You will manipulate the data to present findings as data visualisations in response to teacher-provided solution requirements and designs. You will develop software solutions using database, spreadsheet and data visualisation software tools to undertake the problem-solving activities in the development stages of manipulation, validation and testing.

The software solutions involve importing data from files to a database to identify patterns and relationships. Data is then imported into a spreadsheet for further refinement before presenting findings as data visualisations.

In Unit 4 you will propose a research question, formulate a project plan, collect and analyse data, generate alternative design ideas and represent the preferred design for creating infographics or dynamic data visualisations.

Who is it for?

If you are interested in database development and design, and data visualisations, this subject is for you.

What do you do?

You will create a database and use software to create data visualisations from the database information.

What skills do you need?

While there are no specified criteria to enrol in this subject, you will need to have good math skills, and you should be able to use and apply logic, as well as being self-motivated and resourceful.

Database software such as Microsoft ACCESS and Excel spreadsheet are helpful.

What skills do you develop?

This subject will develop your skills to identify, select and extract relevant data from large repositories and design data visualisations.



You must have access to the Internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be viewed through VSV online and then submitted online.

A computer device with Windows 10 or macOS 10.14 or greater is required. A user account with administrator privileges is needed to install software. Note: iOS, Android, and Chromebook devices are not suitable for the variety of applications employed in this course.

The following textbooks are required: *Note 2020 is a new course and previous texts may not cover the new course*

  • VCE Data Analytics Units 3 & 4, 7th edition, Nelson Cengage, (2019)

Things to think about

There are no prerequisites, but an interest in Information Technology and databases is helpful.

Things you can do now

You can start by getting an understanding of Microsoft Access and Excel. Search for any Beginner Tutorial on Google.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.