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About the Course

In this course, you'll get a big-picture view of using SQL for big data, starting with an overview of data, database systems, and the common querying language (SQL). Then you'll learn the characteristics of big data and SQL tools for working on big data platforms. You'll also install an exercise environment (virtual machine) to be used through the specialization courses, and you'll have an opportunity to do some initial exploration of databases and tables in that environment. By the end of the course, you will be able to • distinguish operational from analytic databases, and understand how these are applied in big data; • understand how database and table design provides structures for working with data; • appreciate how differences in volume and variety of data affects your choice of an appropriate database system; • recognize the features and benefits of SQL dialects designed to work with big data systems for storage and analysis; and • explore databases and tables in a big data platform. To use the hands-on environment for this course, you need to download and install a virtual machine and the software on which to run it. Before continuing, be sure that you have access to a computer that meets the following hardware and software requirements: • Windows, macOS, or Linux operating system (iPads and Android tablets will not work) • 64-bit operating system (32-bit operating systems will not work) • 8 GB RAM or more • 25GB free disk space or more • Intel VT-x or AMD-V virtualization support enabled (on Mac computers with Intel processors, this is always enabled; on Windows and Linux computers, you might need to enable it in the BIOS) • For Windows XP computers only: You must have an unzip utility such as 7-Zip or WinZip installed (Windows XP’s built-in unzip utility will not work)...

Top reviews


Sep 27, 2019

The course is an excellent overview of database technologies and introduction into big data. Useful also for those who already worked with a few SQL engines. MIllion thanks to the creators! :)


Sep 9, 2019

Awesome foundation to build on skills of query and analysis of big data and to use big data technologies like Hive and Impala

I Really enjoyed the course and the instructor is perfect

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By Hu Y

Mar 22, 2020

Good and clear lecture. Only the content is very basic and there is no hands-on activity. It could be compressed to less weeks.

By Daniel F

Mar 4, 2021

Very good course, it helped me better understand many key concept about databases, structuring data for analysis etc.

By Nisar H

Apr 2, 2020

Good start of specialization. Great instructor and nicely elaborated difference between RDBMS and Big Data Analytics.

By Jenn M

Sep 8, 2021

Good grounding for those who have been away from SQL for awhile and are exploring its use in the world of Big Data.

By Sandalu A

Jun 22, 2020

Very Detail heavy course compare to practical aspects.However in week 5 we are introduced to Hive and Impala.


May 5, 2021

Great Introduction to the Big Data world and to the infrastructure offered by Cloudera for big data analysis

By Pranita M R

Jul 1, 2020

Overall it is a good course to understand the basics. The quizzes were apt.

By Tristan S

Jul 23, 2020

Useful information but I was hoping for more hands-on experience

By Tichaona M

Mar 5, 2020

A great course to build the basis for dealing with Big Data!

By Olayinka O

Aug 22, 2021

Good intro. Lots of theory more practical exercises needed.

By Simón M

Oct 4, 2020

Good initial course, more practical lessons would be great

By Yulia D

Sep 2, 2020

Too basic materials are provided but overall good enough.

By Utkarsh M

Apr 9, 2020

Nice but quizzes and assignments can be made harder

By Muhammad S F

Jul 27, 2020

Finest Course from cloudera for beginners

By Monika S

Jun 15, 2021

It is good but mostly theoratical

By Kartik K

Jul 4, 2020

A fine course, it is.

By Abdulrahman A T

Nov 8, 2020

Good refresher

By Akshaya S

Jul 24, 2020

Very good

By Keshav B

Aug 9, 2021


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By Jun-Hoe L

May 7, 2021

Quite basic. I understand that the course is aimed to for everyone, including those without a programmign background. But I feel this course could have been compressed into fewer weeks, and the contents of Course 2 and 3 can be spread earlier in this course.

Warning: Anyone thinking of doing the Specialization, consider the Honours track with pinch of salt. Even though you get an Honours banner for the individual courses, for some twisted/lazy logic the final Speclalization certificate doesn't show the Honours banner. Might not be a big deal to some, but still a bit of a let down. Especially when you paid for the subscription.

By Siwei

Sep 26, 2022

it's like a conference for the introfduction of SQL, not at course level