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Welcome to the part time Data Science course at General Assembly! We are building a global community of lifelong learners who are excited about using data to solve real world problems.
In this program, we will use Python to explore datasets, build predictive models, and communicate data driven insights. Specifically, you will learn how to:
- Define many of the approaches and considerations that data scientists use to solve real world problems.
- Perform exploratory data analysis with powerful programmatic tools in Python.
- Build and refine basic machine learning models to predict patterns from data sets.
- Communicate data driven insights to peers and stakeholders in order to inform business decisions.
What You Will Learn
- Statistical Analysis with Python:
- Perform visual and statistical analysis on data using Python and its associated libraries and tools.
- Data-Driven Decision-Making:
- Define and determine the trade-offs involving feature selection, model accuracy, and data quality.
- Machine Learning & Modeling Techniques:
- Explore supervised learning techniques, inlcuding classification, regression, and decision trees.
- Visualizations & Presentations:
- Create visualizations and interactive notebooks to present to industry stakeholders.
The curriculum materials for this course are written in Python 3.6.
Your Instructional Team
Instructor: Parker Williams
Assistant: Dodge McIntosh
General Assembly's Data Science part time materials are organized into four units.
|Unit 1||Data Foundations||Python Syntax, Development Environment||Lessons 1-4|
|Unit 2||Working with Data||Stats Review, Visualization, & EDA||Lessons 5-9|
|Unit 3||Data Science Modeling||Regression, Classification, & KNN||Lessons 10-14|
|Unit 4||Data Science Applications||Decision Trees, NLP, & Flex Topics||Lessons 15-19|
Here is the schedule we will be following for our part time data science course:
|Lesson||Unit Number||Session Number|
|Welcome to Data Science||Unit 1||Session 1|
|Your Development Environment||Unit 1||Session 2|
|Python Foundations||Unit 1||Session 3|
|FLEX: Project Workshop + Presentations||Unit 1||Session 4|
|Exploratory Data Analysis in Pandas||Unit 2||Session 5|
|Experiments & Hypothesis Testing||Unit 2||Session 6|
|Data Visualization in Python||Unit 2||Session 7|
|Statistics in Python||Unit 2||Session 8|
|FLEX: Project Workshop + Presentations||Unit 2||Session 9|
|Linear Regression||Unit 3||Session 10|
|Train-Test Split & Bias-Variance||Unit 3||Session 11|
|KNN / Classification||Unit 3||Session 12|
|Logistic Regression||Unit 3||Session 13|
|FLEX: Unit 3 Project / Capstone work||Unit 3||Session 14|
|Working With Data: APIs||Unit 4||Session 15|
|Intro to Natural Language Processing||Unit 4||Session 16|
|Intro to Time Series||Unit 4||Session 17|
|Developing personal libraries + capstone checkin||Unit 4||Session 18|
|Capstone Presentations||Unit 4||Session 19|
|Capstone Presentations||Unit 4||Session 20|
This course will ask you to complete a series of projects in order to practice and apply the skills covered in-class.
At the end of each Unit, you'll work on short structured projects. These activities will test your understanding of that unit’s most important concepts with in-class practice and instructor support.
For those of you who want to go above and beyond, we’ve also included stretch options, bonus activities, and other opportunities for further reading and practice.
You'll also complete a final project, asking you to apply your skills to a real-world or business problem of your choice.
The capstone is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your new skills and tackle a pressing issue relevant to your life, industry, or organization. You’ll create a hypothesis, analyze internal data, and generate a working model, prototype, solution, or recommendation.
You will get structured guidance and designated time to work throughout the course. Final project deliverables include:
- Proposal: Describe your chosen problem and identify relevant data sets (confirming access, as needed).
- Brief: Share a summary of your initial analysis and your next steps with your instructional team.
- Report: Submit a cleanly formatted Jupyter notebook (or other files) documenting your code and process for technical/peer stakeholders.
- Presentation: Present a summary of your business problem, approach, and recommendation to an audience of non-technical executive stakeholders.
- Project 1: Python Technical Code Challenges
- Project 2: Exploratory Data Analysis
- Project 3: Modeling Practice
- Project 4: Final Project
- Part 1: Proposal + Dataset
- Part 2: Initial EDA Brief
- Part 3: Technical Report
- Part 4: Presentation
- Project 1: Due @ End of Unit 1
- Project 2: Due @ End of Unit 2
- Project 3: Due @ End of Unit 3
- Project 4 (Final):
- Proposal + Dataset: Due @ Session 11
- Initial EDA Brief: Due @ Session 13 example
- Technical Report: Due @ End of Unit 4
- Presentation: Due @ End of Unit 4
- 8GB Ram (at least)
- 10GB Free Hard Drive Space (after installing Anaconda)
- Download and Install Anaconda with Python 3.6.
Note: Anaconda provides support for two different versions of Python. Make sure to install the "Python 3.6" version.
- Install Git Bash
- Google Chrome
- Text editor (we recommend Atom)
We'll use Slack for our class communications platform. Slack is a messaging platform where you can chat with your peers and instructors. We will use Slack to share information about the course, discuss lessons, and submit projects. Our Slack homepage is dsfundamentalswave3.slack.com.
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Every week, your instructional team will hold office hours where you can get in touch to ask questions about anything relating to the course. This is a great opportunity to follow up on questions or ask for more details about any topics covered so far.
- Instructor's Office Hours - By Appointment
- Assistant's Office Hours - Tentatively TR, 6-730 (or by Appointment)
Slack us or post in our #officehours channel to reserve a time-slot!
Throughout the course, you'll be asked to provide feedback about your experience. This feedback is extremely important, as it helps us provide you with a better learning experience.
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