Data Science Essentials online short course


Course information

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6 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $1,900
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UC Berkeley School of Information


Big data has transformed, and continues to transform, the global business environment, with data scientists and analysts becoming prized assets within organizations. There’s now a need for managers and working professionals to understand the principles and value of data science, and use this to inform business decisions, and recruit and retain the right talent to drive change.1

With insights from the UC Berkeley School of Information (I School), the Data Science Essentials online short course aims to equip you with the fundamentals of data science and the requirements for learning from data. You’ll learn the foundations of data science for business, allowing you to articulate the value this implementation can bring, and apply it for success.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The knowledge to make informed decisions regarding data science and its impact on your business
  • The ability to establish a team capable of delivering results through data science projects
  • An understanding of how complex data can be harnessed to grow and scale an organization, and the skills to tackle the challenges associated with leading a data science project

Is this course for you?

While most data science courses focus on the technical skills of becoming a data scientist, the primary focus of this course is the non-technical skills required to understand and make informed decisions on the impact data science can have on your business. The course is aimed at business leaders who are eager to understand how the field of data science can be harnessed to drive organizational value. Professionals leading a team of analysts or data scientists will benefit from the foundational principles. Senior managers will gain the technical acumen needed to be more effective in strengthening the data science capabilities of their business. For leaders intent on driving a greater data science awareness in business and team collaborations, the iterative nature of the course material will support this application. 

1 Forbes (Oct, 2018).


Course curriculum

Learn to be the bridge between data and business objectives as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Principles of data science 
  • Module 2 Data science processes, impact, and functions
  • Module 3 Modern applications of data science
  • Module 4 Building a data science team
  • Module 5 Measuring the success of data science projects
  • Module 6 Digital transformation strategies

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

Understand the theory behind the science

This UC Berkeley School of Information online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain the skills needed to motivate for the inclusion of data science, and lead its implementation in your organization. Through your new understanding of the principles that underpin data science, you’ll be well equipped to add value to your business and find solutions to business problems.

Your Faculty Director

The design of this online short course is guided by the UC Berkeley I School faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Edward Fine

Edward Fine

Lecturer, Data Scientist and Consultant, UC Berkeley School of Information

Earn a certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Information

Get recognized for your knowledge on the elements of data science when you earn an official certificate of completion from the I School.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.