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About the Course

Interested in increasing your knowledge of the Big Data landscape? This course is for those new to data science and interested in understanding why the Big Data Era has come to be. It is for those who want to become conversant with the terminology and the core concepts behind big data problems, applications, and systems. It is for those who want to start thinking about how Big Data might be useful in their business or career. It provides an introduction to one of the most common frameworks, Hadoop, that has made big data analysis easier and more accessible -- increasing the potential for data to transform our world! At the end of this course, you will be able to: * Describe the Big Data landscape including examples of real world big data problems including the three key sources of Big Data: people, organizations, and sensors. * Explain the V’s of Big Data (volume, velocity, variety, veracity, valence, and value) and why each impacts data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis and reporting. * Get value out of Big Data by using a 5-step process to structure your analysis. * Identify what are and what are not big data problems and be able to recast big data problems as data science questions. * Provide an explanation of the architectural components and programming models used for scalable big data analysis. * Summarize the features and value of core Hadoop stack components including the YARN resource and job management system, the HDFS file system and the MapReduce programming model. * Install and run a program using Hadoop! This course is for those new to data science. No prior programming experience is needed, although the ability to install applications and utilize a virtual machine is necessary to complete the hands-on assignments. Hardware Requirements: (A) Quad Core Processor (VT-x or AMD-V support recommended), 64-bit; (B) 8 GB RAM; (C) 20 GB disk free. How to find your hardware information: (Windows): Open System by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties; (Mac): Open Overview by clicking on the Apple menu and clicking “About This Mac.” Most computers with 8 GB RAM purchased in the last 3 years will meet the minimum requirements.You will need a high speed internet connection because you will be downloading files up to 4 Gb in size. Software Requirements: This course relies on several open-source software tools, including Apache Hadoop. All required software can be downloaded and installed free of charge. Software requirements include: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.10+, Ubuntu 14.04+ or CentOS 6+ VirtualBox 5+....

Top reviews


Sep 8, 2019

I love the course. It goes deep into the foundations, and then finishes up with an actual lab where you learn by practice. I greatly benefited from it and feel I have achieved a milestone in big data.


Aug 11, 2021

I love the course. It goes deep into the foundations, and then finishes up with an actual lab where you learn by practice. I greatly benefited from it and feel I have achieved a milestone in big data.

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By Jonathas S M

Aug 8, 2016

Excellent for a introduction course. More exercises would be nice.

By Mrutyunjaya S Y

May 13, 2020

Very Informative and hands on programming is too good to practice

By Alexander A

Dec 26, 2019

More practical examples with Hadoop environment would be helpful.

By Shuai M

Dec 23, 2018

good starting course for knowing the 3 main types of data source.

By Ronald M

May 1, 2017

Some quiz have some bad wording which make it hard to understand.

By Marwan E M

Mar 23, 2018

Nice course especially for beginners without a prior knowledge.


May 24, 2020

i got a good knowledge about the big data in our growing world

By Nitesh R

May 20, 2019

Course structure is great and its easy to learn for beginners.

By Xiaotong ( C

Jul 25, 2018

Pretty easy, but necessary knowledge for beginners in big data

By Yunzhe F

Jan 2, 2018

If the contain could be more brief that would be really great.

By Nikhar M

May 26, 2022

nice but need to include more technical informative lectures.

By Divya S

Oct 22, 2020

Absolutely amazing this is my first certification in coursera

By Martin L

Jun 27, 2016

A good orientation class to level set key terms and concepts.


Nov 8, 2018

interesting course and efficient pedagogic method to teach !

By Ravi C

Sep 14, 2017

Video quality could be more crisper. Content is good though

By charles m

Aug 31, 2020

for basic knowledge of big data you can choose this course.

By Rana R

Oct 6, 2018

It was somehow boring but the final practical part was fun.

By Sanket s

Sep 16, 2018

Really good start to the journey of learning about Big Data

By 学洲 刘

Jan 12, 2018

This course makes understand the foundation about Big Data.

By Lokesh K

Dec 6, 2018

A very good course for basic knowledge regarding Big Data.

By Miguel G

Oct 28, 2018

Good starting point if your do not know what is it about.


Sep 3, 2018

More videos or excercises for the final quiz are required

By Satyam S

Jul 25, 2018

Good Course if you want a basic introduction to big data.

By Jorge O

Mar 30, 2017

Simple introduction, easy to follow. Probably too simple.

By Kishor B

Apr 25, 2020

it is very good who want to make carrier as hadoop admin