Data Science: Introduction

Course Description

This short course aims to answer the question “What is Data Science?”. It provides a high level introduction to the following:

  • What is Data Science?
  • Big Data: Is it all just hype?
  • Data Science lexicon
  • Tools of the trade
  • What makes a good Data Scientist?
    • Technical background
    • Computing skills
    • Domain knowledge

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Training Philosophy

Our training emphasises practical skills. So, although you'll be learning concepts and theory, you'll see how everything is applied in the real world. We will work through examples and exercises based on real datasets.


All you'll need is a computer with a browser and a decent internet connection. We'll be using an online development environment. This means that you can focus on learning and not on solving technical problems.

Of course, we are happy to help you get your local environment set up too! You can start by following these instructions.


The training package includes access to
  • our online development environment and
  • detailed course material (slides and scripts).

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