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Intro to MS Power BI-Self Service Business Intelligence

Course Outline

Are you under pressure to turn data into actionable insights? Power BI, Microsoft’s self-service business intelligence tool may be just the answer. Power BI is a platform that allows us to model, analyse and visualise data. The main tool for achieving this is Power BI Desktop which is a free tool that can be downloaded for Windows platforms.
Power BI Desktop allows us to connect to data from an almost unlimited range of sources including Excel, Databases, Cloud services and even Salesforce. It then provides a range of intuitive, user friendly tools for developing stunning interactive reports.

Topics Covered

  • Get Started with Power BI
  • What is Power BI
  • Overview of Power BI Desktop
  • Get Data with Power BI Desktop
  • Connect to data from different sources
  • Combine data from multiple sources
  • Use Power Query to clean and transform data
  • Create a Data Model
  • Entities and Relationships
  • Work with the data model and add relationships
  • Use DAX to create a calculated tables
  • Use DAX to create calculated Columns
  • Create a Power BI Report
  • Create DAX Measures
  • Add Visualisations
  • Add other content (logo/banner)
  • Add custom visualisations
  • Working with a Power BI Report
  • Spotlight, and Focus Mode
  • Formatting Visualisations
  • Adding Conditional Formatting
  • Hierarchies
  • Groups
  • Filters and Slicers
  • Adding Time Intelligence
  • DAX time intelligence functions
  • CALCULATE function
  • Add time intelligence measures
  • Organise measures effectively
  • Utilise time intelligence in analysis
  • Sharing Power BI Reports
  • Export to csv or PDF
  • Publish to PBI Service

This course is suitable for people who have some experience at analysing data in a tool like Excel. Pivot Table experience is recommended but not required. Power BI Desktop is currently only available for Windows (not Mac).


If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown OR meet other eligibility criteria, this course may be fully funded under the NSW Government’s Adult & Community Education funding. See ACE Community Service Obligation Funding page for details or contact Susan Wilkinson on 9970 1000 or email to check eligibility or for further information.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113