In this Specialization learners will develop foundational Data Science skills to prepare them for a career or further learning that involves more advanced topics in Data Science. The specialization entails understanding what is Data Science and the various kinds of activities that a Data Scientist performs. It will familiarize learners with various open source tools, like Jupyter notebooks, used by Data Scientists. It will teach you about methodology involved in tackling data science problems. The specialization also provides knowledge of relational database concepts and the use of SQL to query databases. Learners will complete hands-on labs and projects to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge.
Upon receiving the certificate for completion of the specialization, you will also receive an IBM Badge as a Specialist in Data Science Foundations.
Learners will complete hands-on labs and projects to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge. You will utilize tools like Jupyter, Zeppelin, R Studio and Watson Studio. You will also work with real-world data sets and query them using SQL from Jupyter notebooks.
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Can I take the course for free?
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The specialization consists of 4 courses. Suggested time to complete each course is 3-4 weeks. If you follow recommended timelines it would take 3 to 4 months to complete the entire specialization.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This specialization is intended for learners wanting to build foundational skills in Data Science. No prior background in data science or programming is required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
In order to get the most out of this specialization, it is recommended to take the courses in the order they are listed.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No University credit will be earned.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
In this Specialization learners will develop foundational Data Science skills to prepare them for a career or further learning that involves more advanced topics in Data Science.