Complete Introduction to Microsoft Power BI [2020 Edition]

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6.5 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
Enjoy CLEAR and CONCISE step by step lessons from a best selling Udemy instructor
Learn to create POWERFUL reports and dashboards with Microsoft Power BI with a few clicks of the mouse
Gain valuable INSIGHT and INTELLIGENCE from your business and marketing data in a FRACTION of the time of traditional spreadsheets
PUBLISH reports and dashboards on the Internet and view using laptops, tablets or smartphones in minutes
Learn to create Data Models and use the DAX Formula language to develop POWERFUL calculations
Easily create a wide range of GRAPHS and VISUALISATIONS using drag and drop technologies
Use the Power BI Q & A feature to easily ask QUESTIONS of your data and provide new insight
About the course

If you are new to Power BI or want to fill in some gaps in your knowledge, THIS is the course for you.  We've focused on providing you with the fundamentals you need to work with Power BI effectively!  Don't sit through days of boring training to understand how Power BI works! This course will get you up to speed and working in half the time, giving you the crucial foundation to start you on the journey to becoming a Power BI expert

This course has been updated for 2020 so you will learn on the latest Power BI interface. Students who have taken this course have this to say:

  • "Amazing and captivating course! I have started it with a zero knowledge about Power BI. Now I feel very comfortable and knowledgeable to use it. Thank you for the great course. Highly recommended!"
  • "Best course content and trainer I have had. Can translate the new skills learnt directly into my role and elevate our business. Thank you"
  • "This was a very informative course even though I was already a user of Power BI and had followed another course previously. Enjoyed it and learnt a lot which will be useful in my day to day work! Thank you Ian :)"


  • Understand the flow of using Power BI, from connecting to various data sources, importing these into Power BI, transforming the data and then presenting it effectively
  • Learn how to use Power BI Desktop, Power BI Query Editor & the Power BI Service
  • Learn how to create relationships between related data sources
  • Learn how to build reports with various types of aggregations and filters
  • Learn about the various types of visualizations possible in Power BI and how to use them
  • Learn how to create interactive dashboards with drill throughs and relative date filters
  • Learn how to publish dashboards to the web and mobile app
  • Learn how to use themes and custom visualizations
  • Learn about DAX and how to use it to build measures
  • Learn how to work with Excel & Power BI to create a dynamic and effective business solution
  • Learn how to put this all into practice with a case study about the Corona Virus. 


  • You will need to have a PC/Windows laptop loaded with the latest version of Microsoft Power BI (available as a free download).  Note that Power BI does not currently run natively on a Mac.
  • Whilst this course is designed to cover Power BI from the ground up, some experience of working with data in Excel would be beneficial.


Ian Littlejohn has been a top-rated trainer on the Udemy platform for over 5 years and has more than 10 years' experience in training & management consulting.  He specialises in Data Analysis, covering Excel, Power BI, Google Data Studio and Amazon Quicksight. 

Ian has over 88,000 students and 24,000 reviews.  He has a reputation for delivering excellent, logically structured courses which are easy to follow and get the point across without wasting learners' time. 

You can see all of Ian's other Data Analysis courses by searching for his name on Udemy. 


Learners buying this course get:

  • Full access to almost 7 hours of HD quality video
  • 5 downloadable resources and 13 articles
  • Lifetime access
  • Money-back guarantee (see Udemy terms and Conditions)
  • Certificate of completion upon course conclusion


This course will take you from beginner to intermediate level.  Look out for Ian's follow on courses to take your skills onto the next level!

  • Power BI Master Class - Query Editor [2020 Edition]
  • Power BI Master Class-Data Models and DAX Formulas 2020
  • Power BI Master Class - Dashboards and Power BI Service 2020
  • Introduction to Data Analysis with Microsoft Power BI

We look forward to having you on the course!

Introduction Section
Introduction to PowerBI
In this introduction we discuss the different topics and modules that we will be covering in the course.Different topics include Loading data, creating tables and reports, creating visualizations, developing dashboards and sharing data through the PowerBI cloud solution.
Download the Training Data Files and Learner Guide
Signing up for PowerBI
In this lesson we will show how you will sign up for the PowerBI service.This will create a user login and password for the PowerBI service.
Practical Activity
The Power BI Desktop Designer
Intro to PowerBI Desktop Section
Download the Power BI Desktop Designer
In this lesson we will learn how to access and use the PowerBI interface.The PowerBI Interface consists of functions to upload or access data, create reports and create dashboards.
Creating Reports in Power BI Desktop
Create Reports in Power BI Desktop Section
Introduction to Reports in Power BI
In this lesson we learn how to load data into the PowerBI Desktop.We review the different types of data that can be loaded and also the methods and processes for loading data.
  • You will need to know the basics of working with data in Excel
  • In the course you will need a work email address to sign up for the free Microsoft Power BI service
  • Download the Power BI Desktop app which is available free from Microsoft for Windows
Ian Littlejohn
Ian Littlejohn
Excel Power Tools, Power BI and Google Data Studio Trainer
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