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Big Data: from Data to Decisions

Get a practical insight into big data analytics, and popular tools and frameworks for collecting, storing and managing data.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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Big Data: from Data to Decisions

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This course is part of the Big Data Analytics program, which will enable you to gain the big data analytics skills that are in demand today.

Why join the course?

Many datasets can provide solutions to important problems and inform decisions. However, the size, complexity, quality and diversity of these datasets make them difficult to process and analyse. Join us and we’ll share new technological or methodological solutions you can use to meet the demand for analytics in your field.

We will introduce big data and some of the statistical and mathematical approaches for analysing it. Then we explore the power of big data and the process of getting from data to decisions before you use some of the tools available for storing and managing large datasets.

Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHi everyone and welcome to our Big Data Analytics collection of courses. My name is Kerrie Mengersen. In every minute of 2014 there were more than 204 million email messages sent, more than 2 million queries searched on Google, and more than 48 hours of new YouTube videos uploaded to the web. This is only per minute – can you imagine how much these values will increase per month, or per year? This is a significant increase in information, and over the years it’s only going to increase even more. From looking at these numbers it’s obvious we need fast and effective solutions for managing, storing and analysing all this data. This is where our Big Data Analytics collection of courses comes in.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds In this first course we provide an introduction to the world of Big Data and look at how Big Data is applied to solve problems in different fields including health, environment and industry. We'll also showcase different tools for Big Data management. The entire list of tools available for Big Data management is extensive; here we select a few of the most well-known and important tools and show you how to best apply them. We are excited and we hope you are too.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify big data application areas
  • Explore big data frameworks
  • Demonstrate an integrated approach to big data
  • Develop an awareness of how to participate effectively in a team working with big data experts

Who is the course for?

Our course is open to anyone with an interest in big data and is essential if you’re looking to add big data analytics to your skill set. A basic knowledge of software engineering, statistics and mathematics will help you gain the most from this learning experience.

What software or tools do you need?

The course includes optional, practical exercises designed to help you become familiar with some of the current tools used in big data analytics. If you would like to try the exercises you will need to install Cloudera, an open source platform for data management and analytics. We will email you detailed instructions explaining how to access a trial version and set up a virtual machine before the course starts.

Who will you learn with?

Tomasz Bednarz

I'm an A/Professor (QUT) and Team Leader (CSIRO/Data61), active in big bata visualisation and analytics, computational and simulation sciences, computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Kerrie Mengersen

I’m a Professor at QUT and a Deputy Director of ACEMS. My interests are in statistical modelling and analysis, computational and simulation sciences and big data analytics.

Who developed the course?

QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide by the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts 47,000 students.

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Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

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A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.