Data fundamentals

One of the biggest challenges in getting started with data is finding the right place to start. That’s why in this course, we’ll explore the most fundamental aspects of data and how to work with it, without ever having to employ a data tool. The best part is, we’ll do it together in just ten days!

This course will help you gain a deep understanding of the world of data. We’ll start with context, where you’ll learn about popular data professions, tools, and processes. Next, you’ll learn how to take on the most critical undertakings with data through real-world examples. Finally, we’ll reveal our most prized best practices for sharing data insights.

Are you ready for your orientation to data?

   397 students completed this course

   96% recommend it to other students

   Teachers: Colby Schrauth and Serge LeBlanc


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96% of students recommend

  “I enjoyed this course a lot. For a basic walkthrough on what data analysis is, it covered lots of ground. The authors excel at using concrete examples, especially when describing how different file types handle text data. This course felt like a module in a larger course on understanding data manipulation, and if these authors wrote more along these lines I’d feel like I’m taking a 101 course at a university.”

  “This is a clear and concise guide to the world of data that will fit both new and experienced students.”

  “Love the way it structures information step by step and uses real-life examples. That’s a high-quality course!”


Course plan

Lesson 1. Data 101
Lesson 2. Data Professions
Lesson 3. Data Tools
Lesson 4. Data Files, Formats, and Types
Lesson 5. Clean and Organize Data
Lesson 6. Joining Data Together
Lesson 7. Sort, Filter, and Segment Data
Lesson 8. Central Tendency
Lesson 9. Growth and Normalization
Lesson 10. Storytelling with Data
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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