This beginner-level course will give you in-depth knowledge and hands-on tools to use and work with different kinds of data. You will gain practical experience across the data science pipeline by acquiring proficiency in the data science coding language R. Using R, you will learn how to get, clean, analyze and use the insights gained from data sets to make more informed decisions and better communicate your results.
Data is information. Acquiring strong data literacy by knowing how to work with and manage data will make you a valuable asset for any employer in a data-driven world.
Companies are increasingly looking for data-savvy professionals. In fact, a lack of data skills is a major challenge for 44% of companies, while 69% of employers would choose a candidate with data skills over one without.
As more companies shift to a data-driven business model and with every department using data for business analytics, basic data literacy is becoming a requirement across functions and levels. This is not just for career advancement, but increasingly for job security.
Working for a humanitarian NGO in finance, Jehiel had long felt that not knowing how to code would be like being illiterate in the future. Curious and keen about lifelong learning he felt he needed to prepare for the digital transformation coming to his workplace.
Learning the Foundations of Data Science with the EPFL Extension School has done more than that. It’s opened up a new world of personal and professional possibilities. With a new data visualization system involving machine learning now being used at work, he says the course has not only prepared him for new challenges now but also for the future. It’s taught him how to speak the language of this new world and to look at the bigger picture too. He’s already begun working with colleagues to see how to apply data science to other areas of work so they can reach and help more people—and better.
Foundations of Data Science is for those who work with both structured—spreadsheets and data tables—and unstructured data and who need to understand how to automate data to gain insights, contribute to strategic discussions and make data-driven decisions. Whether you currently work with data, manage data experts, or simply want to add valuable skills to your CV, this course will give you a deeper understanding of how to use data—and how data is used.
" The EPFL brand caught me. The content was interesting. The price was good as was the flexibility of learning remotely from home. The model is just right. "
Bartosz, EPFL Extension School Learner
The Foundations of Data Science course gives you the essential knowledge, vocabulary and skills for data management and communication. With video trainings, written lessons and hands-on exercises, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the tools and techniques used to work with data.
These course details are subject to change; please refer to the program outline at the time of registration.
This course is taught at beginner-level. You should have the following tools, skills and abilities prior to registering for this course:
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