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Introduction to Power BI Desktop Data Modelling

1 Day

This Introduction to Power BI Desktop Data Modelling course covers the basics needed to enable users to analyse data and create interesting visual reports.  It is purely aimed at users new to Power BI.

Microsoft's Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that allows you to gather, shape, analyse and visually explore data.  The Power BI Desktop is where you CREATE data models and build visual reports.  Once reports are created most use the Power BI Service i.e. to create Dashboards they can share with others to view and interact with, via browsers or on mobile devices.

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What will you learn?

At the end of this Introduction to Power BI Desktop Data Modelling course, delegates will be able to:
  • Use Power BI to analyze your data
  • Access, prepare and create basic transformations of your data
  • Use data modeling and exploration
  • Create rich, interactive reports and visualizations


Anyone wanting to create data models and reports in Power BI and who would like to expand their skills in data analysis language (DAX – data analysis expressions).

Course Contents

What is Microsoft Power BI?

  • The Power BI environment
  • Working with the Fields and Visualisation Panes
  • Using Report View and Data View

Data Sources

  • Using Excel, CSV/Text files, Folders and SQL server as data sources

Power Query

  • The role of Queries in data import
  • Extract, Transform & Load (ETL)
  • Working with Applied Steps
  • Exploring some transformations
    • Unpivot
    • Split columns
    • Extract
    • Group

Replacing Values

  • Calculated columns
  • Append and Merge Queries
  • Understanding Applied steps limitations

DAX Introduction

  • Calculated Columns & Measures
  • Evaluation Context


  • Adding visualisation to a Report Canvas
  • Controlling visualisation interactions
  • Drill Down and Drill Through
  • Custom Tooltips


  • Importance of calendars
  • Creating a calendar via DAX

Time Intelligence

  • Time Intelligence Functions
  • Comparison with Previous periods
  • Aggregations over time

Creating a Data Model

  • Model view
  • Creating and managing relationships
  • Cross filter directions
  • Inactive relationships

Preparing for Publishing

  • Adding bookmarks
  • Creating action buttons

Course Materials

Enliten IT will provide each delegate with a workbook and other useful reference materials where applicable.  These may be either paper based or in Adobe pdf format or a combination thereof. Enliten IT reserves the right to modify course content and materials as required in the interests of continuous course improvement, at any time, without notification.
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Delegates should have a good knowledge of using Excel analytical skills.

Additional Information

NOTE:   We only offer this Introduction to Power BI Desktop Data Modelling course on a private in-house basis. The suggested course duration is a guideline.  Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.