About this Specialization
Some related experience required.
Some related experience required.
Reza FarivarData Engineering Manager at Capital One, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty and alumni. Illinois serves the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and finding solutions to critical societal needs.
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How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
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How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
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What background knowledge is necessary?
Basic working knowledge of computers and computer systems
Familiarity with common programming languages (e.g., C, C++, Java)
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all the courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
There will be hands-on laboratory experiments (Load Balancing and Web Services, MapReduce, Hive, Storm, and Mahout). Case studies will be drawn from Yahoo, Google, Twitter, Facebook, data mining, analytics, and machine learning. We will also explore current practice by talking to leading industry experts, as well as looking into interesting new research that might shape the cloud network’s future.
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