300512 :Skills: Communicating with Data

General info

Instruction language Bi-lingual (Dutch/English)
Type of Instruction Lectures, tutorials, practica (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Permanent evaluation + final assignment(s) (No data available yet)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
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dr. L.B.D. Raes (Coordinator)

prof. dr. D. Brounen

L. Avezum






In this course, students learn to combine modern analytical skills and the possibilities of data in order to create a compelling story. We teach students how to look critically at common beliefs and stories about economics and business. Students need to be able to detect what could be true and what not. After this course they can quickly dissect data stories. They are also able to tell a story themselves using data. This means that can collect the (raw) data and transform this into a message which is viisually appealing and convincing. 


This course contains two parts. In the first part students learn to detect and refute lies and nonsense ("bullshit"). In the second part they learn to tell a story of their own.

Within these parts we pay attention to technical skills (using modern tools to collect, handle and transform data) and to soft skills (drafting a story and presenting it). 


Recommended Reading

  1. Stephen Few, Show me the numbers.

Recommended Prerequisites

Some experience with R or Python

Required Prerequisites

Introduction to data-analysis (or equivalent)

Compulsory for

  • BSc EBE, track Commercieel Management ( 2016, 2017 )
  • BSc EBE, track Economics and Society ( 2016, 2017 )
  • BSc EBE, track Financial Management ( 2016, 2017 )