Queensland University of Technology

Social Media analytics: Using data to understand public conversations

Delivered online

Queensland University of Technology
Enrolment Date(s):
11 November
3 weeks

Course description

Learn how to use powerful digital tools to analyse conversations on Twitter.

What are tweets and the cultural politics of Twitter? Learn to use TAGS and discuss the implications of accessing social media data.

What are the pros and cons of analysing social media data in real time? Learn how to use Tableau to analyse data, identify trends and patterns and explore how social media have been used in times of crisis and during political campaigns.

Use Gephi to visualise data networks, discuss the benefits of using digital tools to analyse social media data and consider how such analyses may be supported by other methods.

What topics will you cover?

The role and structures of social media conversations
Methods for and implications of gathering data
Key metrics used for analysing Twitter
Methods for identifying trends in social data
The theory of social networks
Methods for creating and interpreting data visualisations

What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

Access social media data and understand the ethical implications of doing this
Apply digital methods to recognise and explain the significance of patterns in social data
Create data visualisations and use them to identify features of social networks
Draw personally relevant conclusions about social media that apply beyond the course

Entry requirements

This course is for anyone who wants to gain insight into social media analysis, develop a critical understanding of how digital media are used and gain skills using three digital tools. This course will allow learners without coding skills to access, analyse and visualise their own social media data.

Everything you need to succeed in this course is provided or can be downloaded for free. There is no special prior experience or knowledge required to join in. To make the most of this course, you will need to:

  • install or access TAGSTableau and Gephi
  • use a laptop or desktop computer so you can install and complete activities with these tools
  • ensure you have both a Google and Twitter account.

We will guide you through the set-up of these tools, step by step, as you progress through the content of the course. Using these tools will really give you a powerful learning experience, letting you explore your own interests and put the theory to the test.