Foundation Data Science for HR Professionals

Part of the ModularMaster in Digital HR programme

In today’s digital economy, it is crucial for business professionals and leadership teams to be able to use analytics to manage Human Resources. With technological advancements towards a more data driven economy, it is imperative for HR professionals to understand data science and how to use techniques in data science to make sense of people data.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of data science and its applications; then progress to HR analytics, where they will learn techniques to start such a function within the HR Division. Topics covered will be comprehensive and will include the full value chain of the data science cycle, to having hands on practice with statistics, utility tools, data cleaning, Excel visualization as well as Power BI.

Plan your learning path

This course can be taken as a module on its own or as part of the Graduate Certificate in HR Analytics and Technology stack and participants will earn 12 subject credits which can also be used towards completing the ModularMaster in Digital HR.

Course Details

Course Dates 2023:
Registration closed

Past Intakes
Intake 1: 19 May - 26 June 2020


Who Should Attend

  • SME Business Owners

  • HR Leaders

  • HR Business Partners


Learner's Experience

"The lecturers are very passionate about analytics and were very willing to share their experience. They shared examples from their working experience to draw linkages to help us understand the concepts better. And now, I am able to read data and able to apply what I’ve learned especially at work."

Madeleine Wong
Attended Foundation Data Science for HR Professionals

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  1. Equip participants with the foundational understanding of the HR Analytics Function within an organisation

  2. Train participants with the ability to understand the data cycle, from developing the business question to data cleaning, data selection, data analysis and data visualisation

  3. Plan and develop the Strategic Workforce Model, and link it to performance and potential through the use of Excel Modelling Techniques and the use of Pivot Tables

  4. Equip participants with skills to perform analysis, ranging from Financial HR to Correlation, Regression and ANOVA techniques

  5. Train participants on the use of Visualisation Tools such as Power BI to develop dashboards for Data Storytelling.

Day 1
  • Key technological trends happening in Industry 4.0 and importance of analytical skills
  • Introduction to Data Science and types of HR Analytical Skills
  • Introduction to Strategic Workforce Planning and data-driven decision making
  • Performance Modelling using Excel Visualisation
  • Introduction to the Balance Scorecard and HR Scorecard for developing KPIs
  • Hands-on exercises
Day 2
  • Data Analysis in Excel – Descriptive Statistics, Correlation, Regression, Multiple Linear Regression. Hands-on exercises using excel formulas to solve HR problems
  • Introduction to the Linear Equation for predicting future costs
  • Financial HR – ROI – Ratios for calculating payback period, cost of absenteeism, cost of turnover
  • Utility Models for calculating ROI of recruitment tools
Day 3
  • Data management
  • Identify sources and different ways for data collection
  • Execute data acquisition
  • Perform data cleansing
  • Prepare and transform data
  • Project briefing
Day 4
  • HR reporting and dashboards
  • Introduction to storytelling
  • Steps to data storytelling
  • Different types of data visualisation
  • Introduction to Power BI
    • Basic understanding of Power BI
    • How to create basic visualisation
    • Putting together a dashboard
Day 5
  • Project Consultation – Half day
  • Final Project Presentation – Half day
  • Short quizzes at the end of each class
  • Class assignment from curating of data and to final presentation
Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Dr Jaclyn Lee
Adjunct Senior Fellow
SUTD Academy

In her current role as Chief Human Resources Officer for Certisgroup, a leading security solutions provider with a global footprint and a workforce of 27,000, Dr Jaclyn Lee drives HR Strategy for the group and works alongside key stakeholders to achieve business objectives. Prior to joining Certisgroup, Jaclyn used to manage Human Resources, Faculty Administration, Organisational Development and Digital HR as Chief Human Resources Officer in SUTD for over 13 years. She has vast experience in Human Resources in various industries and this includes expertise in managing large and diverse workforces in the Asia Pacific Region. This was gained from her years spent in large MNCs and global companies.
Jaclyn has in recent years been advocating the use of Digital technologies for Employee Experience, and also educating the HR community on the use of Data Analytics for the HR Function. She is a frequent speaker in key conferences and sits in various national HR committees and workgroups. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Information Systems from University of Twente in the Netherlands, Master of Business from SMU, Master of HRM from Rutgers University and a BSc in Psychology from Brandon University in Canada.

Dr Jovina Ang
Adjunct Senior Fellow at SUTD Academy
Managing Director at Communicatio

Dr Jovina Ang is a recognized leader and practitioner of change, communication and diversity and inclusion. She is also a global speaker, a board member of Kobieta Women and Business, Poland, and a mentor of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE). And she has authored two books.

Previously, Dr Ang was an award winning corporate executive with more than 20 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies. She has transformed businesses, reinvented organizational culture, built world-class high performing teams, elevated employee engagement, and enhanced corporate reputation in market leading multinationals such as Microsoft, Dell and Cisco Systems.

Khoo Sock Ling
Adjunct Fellow at SUTD Academy

Sock Ling has more than 16 years of analytics experience spanning across multiple industries and subject domains (CRM, Marketing, Digital, Retail). She has worked in several MNCs such as IBM, P&G, Levi’s and J&J where she was focused on driving strategic insights and business outcomes from data. In her current role as an analytics director, Sock Ling is leading a team which works on several commercial and strategic analytics initiatives. Sock Ling has a Master of Business Administration from Nanyang Business School (Strategy and Finance) and a Master of Technology in Enterprise Business Analytics from NUS ISS.

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Use of Personal Details

In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

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The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

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  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

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Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
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UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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The Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) is part of the Post-Secondary Education Scheme to help pay for the post-secondary education of Singaporeans.

This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

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