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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Data Literacy (certificate)

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Official Title of Certificate: Data Literacy, Certificate 

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 18

About the Economics Department

Purpose: Provides functional skills and literacies in simple data analysis within a common statistical software package.  Introduces advanced techniques such as binary variables and logistic regression and prepares students to read and interpret results using those techniques.  Major emphasis is on the work before and after an analysis, such as proposing a question, collecting data, interpreting results, and applying findings to improve decision making.

This program is intended for students already possessing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree who seek a career-boosting credential in the growing field of analytics.  Data science training has grown and become very specific, so most certificates, including this one, introduce the field. They are unlikely to lead to a position with the title “data scientist” or “analyst.”  However, as data has become a more important piece of nearly all business decisions, the exposure to this element provides competencies and training that provide an edge over other job candidates, such as for acquiring or advancing in managerial positions.

Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid by calling 410-777-2203, emailing finaid@aacc.edu or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  or ENG 101A . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .


Choose two courses (6 credit hours) from the following list.  Substitutions allowed with permission of the department chair of economics.  Students are advised to choose courses related to their career goals. Students should work with current employers or faculty members to choose beneficial courses from this list.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Compose questions about an action or process that can be answered with the help of data and data analysis.
  • Determine necessary characteristics of a data set and its variables to address a given question related to the chosen elective coursework.
  • Determine what questions related to the chosen elective courses could be addressed with a given data set.
  • Manage data sets as needed to calculate descriptive statistics, construct tables or graphs, and perform hypothesis tests.
  • Use statistical software to perform hypothesis tests and estimate linear regression models.
  • Apply results of reports including hypothesis tests, multivariate regressions, and logistic regressions to situations related to the chosen elective coursework.

Career and Educational Advancement Resources


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