Advanced Analytic Techniques

Advanced Analytic Techniques

$359 | 12 Hours | 1.2 CEUs

Understand the most common advanced analytical techniques in use today, what they can reveal, when to use them, and when to turn to an expert.

Demand for researchers is growing, giving market research a Top 10 outlook for business professions, according to US News and World Report.

Gain Vital Skills with Wide Relevance
Every organization has “customers” to please, whether consumers, clients, or internal teams or outside stakeholders. Research skills are vital to help you understand their needs and make yourself indispensable to them in the future.

Enjoy the Flexibility of On-Demand, Self-Paced Courseware
Complete this online 12-hour course at the pace you set. Weekend warriors master a new skill right away, while others take up to 30 days to learn the material and complete the online assessment.

Let Your Employer Grab the Tab
About 83% of our students receive tuition reimbursement from the organizations they work for — and you should, too. Let us send you an employee sponsorship package to help your manager understand the advantage of investing in our courses.

The Industry-Defining Curriculum
The Market Research Core Body of Knowledge (MRCBOK™) is the up-to-date industry consensus on what insights professionals regard as the required fundamentals for research education. Mastering the MRCBOK is the only curriculum recognized by certification programs in the United States, Canada, or Australia. This is the practical foundation to success as a researcher. See this course’s learning objectives.

Drive Your Career Forward

  • Advance your career by enhancing your research skills while continuing to work full time.
  • Earn continuing education units (CEUs) and a Digital Badge from the University of Georgia.
  • Distinguish between interpolation and extrapolation.
  • Identify the most popular machine learning techniques and describe how researchers can use them to generate insight.
  • When completed with as few as two other courses, you can be recognized by certifying bodies in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Hundreds of Leading Firms Trust UGA/MRII to Train Their Teams


Organized, interesting extra materials (videos), provides a good overview of situations to use each technique, easy to navigate, great for self-paced flexible training.
—Ruth Hochendoner, an experienced supplier-side researcher

To qualify for the IPC Analytics certificate, add Introduction to Data Analysis and Working with Secondary Data: Syndicated and Big Data courses or take the combined Analytics 1-2-3 Course Bundle. Combine this course with Introduction to Market Research and the Research Process and one other Principles Express course to earn the IPC Specialist certificate.

This course is a requirement for the Intellus Certified Master (ICM) on the Intellus Worldwide certification ladder. For more information please go here.

Financial Paths to Investing in Your Education

Employee Reimbursement 
Receive full or partial tuition funding from your employee. We’ll help you make the case.

Participants in career-oriented programs offered through the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance.

Tuition Awards
Apply for the Reg Baker Award to potentially have your tuition covered by the MRII.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take the self-paced, self-study course?

Anyone working in a Consulting, Brand Marketing / Digital Marketing, Market Research or a field with access to large quantities of data (e.g., Human Resources, Financial, Pharmaceutical, etc.), whether in a research company or a client organization that works with quantitative data. You might be a new researcher – with less than two years’ experience. Or, you might be a seasoned market researcher desiring refreshment or an opportunity to update your knowledge on this topic. Learn from the experts! The course author and MRII course contributors have decades of combined experience in this area.

Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in course?

No. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in Advanced Analytic Techniques. However, the course assumes some knowledge of basic research design and quantitative research practices.

You should be familiar with:

  • The differences, strengths and limitations between primary and secondary data sources
  • An elementary understanding and exposure to statistical analysis
  • The ability to detect outlier observations
  • How to frame business problems and suggestions around data which might assist in solving such problems

These topics are covered in detail in separate Principles Express courses. A more thorough overview of some of these techniques can be found in: Introduction to Data Analysis and Working with Secondary Data: Syndicated and Big Data.

For more details about these Principles Express courses, go here.

When are the analytic techniques in this course needed?

Businesses face increasing complexity in making important decisions. As a result, market researchers must move beyond simple descriptive statistics. To gain full value from the data at hand, they need predictive techniques. Statistical modeling, and other forms of multivariate analysis, can provide scenario testing opportunities for consultative recommendations and also allow for contingency planning in case markets (or competitors) move in unanticipated ways.

Why should I complete the course?

As a graduate of the course, you will be well-positioned to understand the data your organization possesses and how such data can be “brought to life” by providing incremental insight to the organization by being processed through one or more advanced analysis techniques. Also, this course offers continuing education for research practitioners. If you are PRC certified through the Insights Association (IA), this course qualifies for 12 hours for continuing education.

What do I receive when I complete the course?

Successful graduates of the course will receive 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Georgia. Additionally, you will earn a Digital Badge to post to your social media assets. Your Digital Badge recognizes your accomplishment as well as builds your brand and credibility in the global market research industry.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Upon receipt of the course “Welcome” email (containing the course URL, your username, and password), you are given up to 30 days to complete the 12-hour, self-paced, self-study course. A one-month extension can be granted for a nominal fee ($50 US). You can make your one-month extension request and payment here. Upon receipt of your extension request payment, 30 days will be added to your original course expiration date.

How much time will I need to devote to study?

Former students have reported spending 11-13 hours in the course. This course awards 1.2 Continuing Education Units to successful graduates.

Who wrote this course?

Ray PoynterRay Poynter – Managing Director, The Future Place and Founder, NewMR
Ray is the author of The Handbook of Mobile Market Research, The Handbook of Online and Social Media Research and the #IPASOCIALWORKS Guide to Measuring Not Counting. He is the founder of, editor of the ESOMAR book Answers to Contemporary Market Research Questions, and is the Managing Director of The Future Place, a UK-based consultancy, specializing in training.

Ray has spent the last 35 years at the intersection of innovation, technology, and Market Research, during which time Ray has held director level positions with Vision Critical, Virtual Surveys, The Research Business, Millward Brown, Sandpiper and IntelliQuest.

What are the graded components of the course?

You must successfully complete three online assessments with a score of 70% or greater:

  • Progress Check 1
  • Progress Check 2
  • End of Course Quiz

When you earn a score of 70% or greater for the End of Course Quiz you will be passed to the evaluation questionnaire where you will be completing a short evaluation of the course.

After you have successfully completed the questionnaire, then click on the section entitled:
Course Complete – Report My Status to the University. An automated message will then be sent to the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education alerting the administrative staff of your SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of the online course. Within 36 hours, you will receive a confirmation “graduate” email from the University of Georgia.

Note: When attempting Progress Check 1, you must earn a score of 70% or greater to continue on with the questions in Progress Check 2. When attempting Progress Check 2, you must score a 70% or greater to continue on with the questions in the End of Course Quiz.

Do I have to purchase a textbook?

No. However, we suggest you consider purchasing the recommended textbook. The suggested textbook is:
Chakrapani, Chuck, Analytics for Customer Insights: A Non-Technical Introduction. ©2018.
ISBN: 978-0-920219-52-2 (print version recommended) or ISBN 978-0-920219-52-2 (eBook).

Included in the online course are suggested reading assignments from the above textbook.

These readings are not required content and will not be part of the testing for the course. The textbook suggestions are simply intended to add additional depth to your understanding of the topic.

Can I study the online course content with my mobile device? What are the technology requirements (devices and browser)?

The online course content, tools and resources are best optimized for a desktop or laptop computer. While the online platform is designed to be mobile responsive, we strongly recommend the use of a desktop or laptop computer.

To take advantage of the different features (PDF files, URLs/links to external websites, animated exercises, audio and video clips) you should use a Windows or Macintosh-based browser. A robust browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari and a fast internet connection provide the best experience. The online platform supports many popular web browser versions. To find out if your computer’s current software configuration is compatible, see System & Software Requirements.

What are my financing options?

Participants in career-oriented programs offered through the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

You may cancel your enrollment within the first seven days and receive a refund less a $100 administrative processing fee, provided that you have not accessed the online course material at all. Written requests for course cancellation or transfer must be sent to in order to be processed.