Online courses are becoming more and more prevalent these days with major universities like MIT also joining in with the likes of Udemy, Coursera and others.
The latest to join the fray is the University of California Berkley, which is bringing its fastest-growing course – Data Science – online. What’s more, the course is available for free.
So what is Data Science? And what makes it important?
Data Science, in simple terms, deals with statistical data analysis from all walks of life including science, tech, humanities, businesses, and governments.
John DeNero – Giancarlo Teaching Fellow in the EECS Department, UC Berkeley – and also an instructor for this course, says:
You’ll learn to program when studying data science — but not for the primary purpose of building apps or games. Instead, we use programming to understand the world around us.
If it sounds confusing, folks at UC Berkley also made a short introduction video for the course:
Course Details and Enrollment
Enrollment for the course started back on 3rd April this year, but you can still sign up for this course through the link provided below.
This course will last 5 weeks, requiring 4-6 hours of effort per week, on average. Note that while this course is free, you’ll need to pay a $100 if you want a certificate from edX for the course.
There are three major things you’ll learn in this course:
- Using computation to help data tell its story
- The principles and fundamentals of data visualization
- Python 3 and how to use it for data analysis
Click here to enroll in this course.