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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Defining Data Science and What Data Scientists Do

In this module, you will go over the course syllabus to learn what will be taught in this course. Also, you will hear from data science professionals to learn what data science is, what data scientists do, and what tools and algorithms data scientists use on a daily basis. Finally, you will be required to complete a reading assignment to learn why data science is considered the sexiest job in the 21st century.

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6 videos (Total 20 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
The Many Paths to Data Science3m
Advice for New Data Scientists2m
A day in the Life of a Data Scientist3m
Data Science Topics and Algorithms3m
What is the cloud?3m
5 readings
Course Syllabus10m
Data Science: The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century20m
What Makes Someone a Data Scientist?20m
Exercise: Identifying objects in images with IBM Watson5m
Exercise: Upload and classify your images!30m
2 practice exercises
Data Science: The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century10m
What Makes Someone a Data Scientist?10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Data Science Topics

In this module, you will hear from Norman White, the Faculty Director of the Stern Centre for Research Computing, at New York University, as he talks about data science and what skills are required for anyone interested in pursuing a career in this field and as he gives advice to those who are looking to start a career in data science. Finally, you will be required to complete reading assignments to learn about the process of mining a given dataset and about regression analysis.

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7 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Data Scientists at New York University4m
What is Hadoop?6m
Neural Networks and Deep Learning6m
How Can Someone Become a Data Scientist?5m
High School Students and Data Science Careers4m
Applications of Machine Learning4m
2 readings
Data Mining10m
Regression20m
2 practice exercises
Data Mining10m
Regression10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Data Science in Business

In this module, you will learn about what companies need to do in order to start with data science. You will also learn about some of the qualities that differentiate data scientists from other professionals. In addition, you will learn about analytics and what important role data scientists play in this process, and about story-telling and the importance of an effective final deliverable. Finally, you will be required to apply what you learned about data science by answering open-ended questions.

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3 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Recruiting for Data Science7m
Applications of Data Science6m
2 readings
The Final Deliverable20m
The Report Structure20m
2 practice exercises
The Final Deliverable10m
The Report Structure10m
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Top reviews from What is Data Science?

By BBFeb 22nd 2019

Excellent quality content! It's a great introductory course that really gets you interested in Data Science. I would highly recommend it to anyone curious in learning about what Data Science is about.

By PDJul 19th 2018

I thought this course introduced the topic of data science very well. I think I have a much better idea how to describe data science and common terms associated with the field (like machine learning).

Instructors

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Alex Aklson

Ph.D., Data Scientist
IBM Developer Skills Network
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Polong Lin

Data Scientist
IBM Developer Skills Network

About IBM

IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become "smarter" as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. IBM invests more than $6 billion a year in R&D, just completing its 21st year of patent leadership. IBM Research has received recognition beyond any commercial technology research organization and is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 10 Inductees in US Inventors Hall of Fame....

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