Intermediate Data Science for HR Professionals

Part of the ModularMaster in Digital HR programme

HR professionals who want to stay ahead of the curve need to continue to embrace and enhance their data analytics skills so that they can provide relevant and important people insights. The course combines theory with practical applications, flexibility, creativity and rigour to give you a comprehensive view of data analytics so that you can further extract business value and make the right people decisions for your organisation’s success. 
This course goes beyond tracking of traditional HR metrics to showing you the fundamental building blocks of HR data science, and teaches you the basic coding skills for deriving the necessary insights for action and decision making. 

You will be exposed to more data science techniques including in-depth data collection techniques, data modelling and statistical analysis, and analytics and machine learning for manipulating swaths of data without getting overwhelmed. 
This is an immersive course where you will exposed to real HR data sets to elevate your data analytics skills from basic to intermediate.

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:
Coming soon.


  • 5 days (In-class) or
  • 10 half-days (Online)

Who Should Attend

  • SME Business Owners

  • HR Leaders

  • HR Business Partners

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to / can expect to: 

  • Understand and apply the fundamental HR data analytics building blocks and linking them to the core business;
  • Learn about the robust methods for data collection
  • Interpret a mix of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics tools, as well as causal inference techniques;
  • Learn about basic coding skills and machine learning for manipulating swaths of data;
  • Understand data-driven story telling approaches for developing a narrative that makes sense for your business leaders;
  • Prepare, analyse and identify business insights for elevating the impact of HR to your organisation’s success.

Participants will also get to work on practical HR problems using machine learning techniques. These problems include

  • Employee Turnover Analysis using Logistic Regression
  • Developing Engagement Surveys,
  • Workforce Planning Analytics,
  • Leave Likelihood Analysis,
  • Compensation and Benefit data;
  • Employee performance; 
Day 1
  • Introduction to the course
  • Understanding the importance of data science and its application in HR business cases
  • Types of analytics and machine learning methods used in HR Projects
  • Business case sharing
  • Regression vs classification supervised learning methods.
  • Understanding the concept of regression models covering simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, and polynomial regression.
  • Understanding gradient descent optimization.
  • Understanding the importance of feature scaling.
  • Understanding the concept of classification models covering logistic regression and decision trees.
Day 2
  • Introducing Python programming
    • Basics of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)
    • Data Types, Variables, Classes
    • Functions
    • String, Special Characters, Date, Regex handling
    • Data Structures
  • Data Acquisition with Python
    • Connecting to a database
    • Querying a database and loading data into a DataFrame
  • Combining multiple DataFrames
Day 3
  • Data Preparation on HR dataset with Python
    • Introducing various data profiling and cleaning techniques.
    • Understanding data enrichment and the importance of feature engineering.
    • Understanding the importance of feature scaling.
    • Performing train-test split and cross validation.
  • Data Science Modelling on HR dataset with Python
    • Building machine learning models.
    • Evaluating the performance of machine learning models.
    • Optimizing the performance of your machine learning models.
Day 4

Intermediate Data Storytelling
Under the intermediate data storytelling, the emphasis is on deriving insights from visuals and putting the visuals together in a dashboard.

  • Data vs Insights - Data Science Lifecycle and DIKW Pyramid
  • Insights from Visuals - Exploratory Data Analysis (Techniques)
  • Enhanced SPSN
  • Dashboard – Design and Considerations
  • Individual Quiz

 This is a quick, practical introduction to PowerBI. At the end of this session, participants should:

  • Understand additional PowerBI elements that enhance user interactivity
  • Have exposure to basic Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
  • Be able to create visuals with dynamic features
  • Know how to put together a dashboard to tell a story

This course does not cover programming or advanced DAX formulas and leverages on knowledge and pre-work done during PowerBI fundamentals.


  • Applying filters and drill-throughs
  • Binning and grouping
  •  Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) basics
  • Calculated Columns
  • Measures + Level of Details
  • Dynamic Features
    • Parameters
    • Dimensions
    • Measures
    • Chart Titles
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Dashboard Interactivity
  • Individual Quiz
  • Project
  • 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.

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. 

Thia Wei Soon
Instructor, SUTD Academy

Wei Soon has more than ten years of experience working in the manufacturing and IT sectors. He worked as a data scientist using data analytics and machine learning to deliver actionable insights and drive strategic marketing initiatives. In recent years, as a technology consultant, he successfully helped clients to streamline enterprise operations and achieved cost saving through the adoption of robotic process automation.

Wei Soon has a Master of IT in Business Artificial Intelligence from Singapore Management of University and a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. He is proficient with tools such as Tableau, Jupyter, RStudio, MS Visual Studio, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, and programming languages such as Python, R, C#, HTML5, and JavaScript.

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    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
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