Introduction to Data Science

Get started on your Data Science journey.

Created by: Graeme Malcolm

Produced in 2017

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Course Description

Learn what it takes to become a data scientist.
This is the first stop in the Data Science curriculum from Microsoft. It will help you get started with the program, plan your learning schedule, and connect with fellow students and teaching assistants. Along the way, you'll get an introduction to working with and exploring data using a variety of visualization, analytical, and statistical techniques.
edX offers financial assistance for learners who want to earn Verified Certificates but who may not be able to pay the fee. To apply for financial assistance, enroll in the course, then follow this link to complete an application for assistance.

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Instructor Details

Graeme Malcolm

Graeme has been a trainer, consultant, and author for longer than he cares to remember, specializing in SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert for the SQL Server Data Platform and Business Intelligence. After years of working with Microsoft as a partner and vendor, he now works in the Microsoft Learning Experiences team as a senior content developer, where he plans and creates content for developers and data professionals who want to get the best out of Microsoft technologies.

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By Juan Corporan on 5/17/2017

Its good for one of its intended purposes: to provide an introduction to Data Science using Microsoft Tools.The first 5 courses provide a general introduction to Data Science, with querying databases with T-SQL, Data Exploration and Visualization with PowerBI/Excel, Probability and Statistics (with Excel), Programming Basics in R/Python, and Data Science Essentials. These courses provide a beginner with the basic knowledge of some aspects of Data Science, as well as some practical exercises to test the knowledge of the course taker.However, in the more advanced courses, things get a bit more complicated. The courses get a bit too hands-on after the halfway mark, and most courses concentrate in Microsofts ML platform, AzureML.

The courses seem to be very introductory. In addition, the focus is on learning how to use specific tools from Microsoft. More than a professional degree in data science, it seems to be a certification in Microsoft tools for data analysis, akin to be certified in Microsoft database servers. This might have at some point some commercial value in the job market but it will not make anyone into a data scientist.

By Hkon Hapnes Strand on 9/16/2017

Microsofts data science courses at edX offer a good introduction to Microsofts tools and services related to data science.They wont teach you the principles, ideas and basic theory of data science. As such, I wouldnt recommend them to complete beginners. But if you already master the fundamentals, these courses can be a good way to add additional tools to your tool belt.

By Kapil Nakra on 6/4/2018

The Microsoft's Data Science curriculum is pretty good and has a great collection of courses that are vividly detailed for students to understand each and every concept properly.