Getting started in data science
Organisations everywhere want to exploit data to predict behaviours and extract valuable real-world insights to inform decisions. You will focus on data exploration and discovery, learning what to look for in data, its limitations and avoiding being misled. Our visualisations will help you gain skills quickly, and introduce you to the big ideas that will help you to start understanding our world through data. We want to give you the confidence to dive into data using computer software and to start thinking like a statistical data scientist. We also give you an opportunity to learn coding in R.
This course is suited to those new to these areas and those wanting a reminder and fresh perspectives. You will need to be comfortable thinking in terms of percentages, have a level of comfort with using computers. Learners with visual impairments may not be able to complete all of the course material.
We use free software. Parallel threads enable you to choose between using online software that requires only an internet connection, installed “point-and-click” software, or learning to code in R.