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An Introduction to Data Understanding

The module gives an overview of what Data Understanding is and who is involved in it. The module explains the typical methods used for understanding an organisation’s data.

The module then goes on to explain how entities, attributes and relationships can be used to build data models and the benefits that these data models bestow on an organisation.

How techniques such as data dependency analysis, data lineage and data relationship discovery are used for better understanding of data is explained along with how they relate to data keys.

The methods which are used to make understanding of data clearer and more efficient such as a business glossary, data dictionaries, data definitions and metadata management are also explained.

What is Data Understanding?

Learning Objectives

Learn what data understanding is.

Learn what data modelling is.

Learn what data models are.

Learn what data keys are.

Learn what data dependency analysis is.

Learn what data relationship discovery is.

Learn what a business glossary is.

Learn what a data dictionary is.

Learn what a data definition is.

Learn what metadata management is.

Learn what data lineage is.

Who is Suitable?

No prior knowledge is required so all Data Practitioners can undertake the course.

As this is a foundations of data management module the content is especially useful poeple who are looking for a steady paced introduction to data management. The module is also very useful for managers who need to know the fundamental information and theories in order to understand data specialists work.


  • What is a Database Management System (DBMS)?
  • What is meant by a “Primary Key”?
  • In what order are the data models created and why?
  • Could you give an example of hidden data dependencies in complex financial products?
  • What is a business glossary?
  • What is a data dictionary?
  • What is the difference between a business glossary and a data dictionary?
  • What is a golden source?
  • What is data lineage?
  • What are the issues associated with capturing data lineage?


An Interactive Presentation

10 Videos

60+ Questions

10+ Interactive Questions

3 Final Practice Tests – 30 question over 30 minutes

Final Examination – 60 questions over 30 minutes


DQRB Certificate

4 hours of learning materials to complete.

Valid for 24 months

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