What is Data Science?

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What Will You Learn?

  • Define data science and its importance in today’s data-driven world.
  • Describe the various paths that can lead to a career in data science.
  • Summarize advice given by seasoned data science professionals to data scientists who are just starting out.
  • Explain why data science is considered the most in-demand job in the 21st century.

Course Content

Module 1: Defining Data Science and What Data Scientists Do

  • Course Introduction
  • What is Data Science?
  • Fundamentals of Data Science
  • The Many Paths to Data Science
  • Advice for New Data Scientists
  • Lesson Summary: Defining Data Science
  • A Day in the Life of a Data Scientist
  • Data Science Skills & Big Data
  • Understanding Different Types of File Formats
  • Data Science Topics and Algorithms
  • Lesson Summary: What Do Data Scientists Do?

6 readings

5 assignments

1 discussion prompt

4 plugins

Module 2: Data Science Topics

3 readings

6 assignments

5 plugins

Module 3: Applications and Careers in Data Science

8 readings

8 assignments

6 plugins

Module 4: Data Literacy for Data Science (Optional)

3 readings

4 assignments

3 plugins

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