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Microsoft Future Ready: Data Science Research Methods on Python Programming

Discover how strong research methodologies will support your data science projects and analysis.

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

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Although data scientists often focus on data analysis, they must understand the research process to gain valid insights from this work. This course covers the fundamentals of data research - from developing a good question to designing good data collection strategies that will put your results in context.

Upon completion of the course, you will have a basic understanding of data analysis and inference, and data science research design. You’ll also explore experimental data analysis and modelling.

Understand the data research process

Data is only as good as its source - without this key information, it can be difficult to query the validity or context of your data, or make robust statements as a result of your analysis. This course will help you to understand the research process and grow your knowledge of the planning required for high quality analysis.

Build the confidence to query your data

You’ll build your understanding of the process so that you can properly query your own and external data for more robust analysis. That includes understanding how to partition data, test hypothesis, and use inference.

Apply Python programming knowledge in your labs

In this course, all of the labs are done with Python, while the videos are language-agnostic. By the end, you’ll understand the basics of the research process, you’ll be able to plan for analysis, and you’ll know the basics of correlational and experimental design.

Start a career in data science

Developing practical skills across research methods and Python programming will mean that you have some of the most in-demand skills within data science. Jobs in the industry have grown 37% in the last three years, while salaries have grown 11-14% year on year, making it an excellent area to start or change careers today.

What topics will you cover?

  • The Research Process
  • Planning for Analysis
  • Research claims
  • Measurement
  • Correlational and Experimental Designs.

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Applied data analysis and inference
  • Applied data science research design
  • Experimented with data analysis and modeling

Who is the course for?

This self-paced course is designed for learners with:

*a basic knowledge of maths *some programming experience – Python is preferred *a willingness to learn through exploration and perseverance

Who developed the course?

CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc.

CloudSwyft has partnered with the top global technology companies to deliver cutting edge digital skills learning across the modern workplace.

About this ExpertTrack

Learn data analysis on Microsoft Azure using Python programming

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After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
  • Keep access to the content of courses you complete even after your subscription ends

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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