About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Core Database Concepts

3.9
53 ratings
15 reviews
This course introduces the world of database systems. It provides the foundation that will enable learners to master skills in data modeling and information, as well as extract information using existing database management systems. The following main topics are covered: database design/modeling, data storage and indexing, query processing/optimization, transaction management, database security, and data analytics....
Course2

Distributed Database Systems

4.2
17 ratings
2 reviews
The increased capabilities of a collection of logically interrelated databases distributed over a computer network enable scalable data processing. This course addresses the components of these systems, covering the following main topics: distributed database architectures, distributed data storage and indexing, distributed and parallel query processing/optimization, and concurrency control in distributed Parallel Database Systems....
Course3

NoSQL Database Systems

3.4
5 ratings
Unlike traditional relational database management systems, NoSQL databases are capable of storing unstructured data. They therefore not only meet the performance, scalability, and flexibility needs that data-intensive applications require but are essential to big data processing. This course covers main NoSQL data management systems topics such as key-value stores, graph databases, and document databases....
Course4

Big Data Tools

Systems that perform big data analytics require highly distributed architectures and new levels of memory and processing power. This course covers main topics associated with systems such as Hadopp MapReduce, Apache Spark, and Graph Processing Engines....

Instructors

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Mohamed Sarwat

Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
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Ming Zhao

Associate Professor
ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.
Graduation Cap

Start working towards your Master's degree

This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Computer Science from Arizona State University. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Basic computer science knowledge including computer organization and architecture, discrete mathematics, data structures, and algorithms

    Knowledge of high-level programming languages (e.g., Java) and scripting language (e.g., Python), PostgreSQL

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule and experience level, most individual courses, in which this Specialization has 5, will take about a month to complete if you devote 2-5 hours per week.

  • No, you may take the courses in any order.

  • Learners completing this specialization will be able to:

    Differentiate among major data models such as relational, spatial, and NoSQL

    Perform queries (e.g., SQL) and analytics tasks in state-of-the-art database systems

    Apply leading-edge techniques to design/tune distributed and parallel database systems

    Utilize existing NoSQL database systems as appropriate for specified cases

    Perform database operations (e.g., selection, projection, join, and groupby) in state-of-the-art cluster computing systems such as Hadoop/Spark

    Perform scalable data processing operations (e.g., selection, projection, join, and groupby) in cloud computing environments, including Amazon AWS

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