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Data Analysis: A Practical Introduction for Absolute Beginners

Provided by Microsoft
Introductory
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$99 USD for graded exams and assignments, plus a certificate

Become Data Literate, no prior experience required. This hands-on course gives you an overview of what a Data Analyst needs to know and deliver, and is meant to inspire you with all the possibilities that Data unlocks for the world.

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Before you start

Basic excel proficiency

What you will learn

  • Understand data’s many contexts, origins and applications in life, work, and society
  • Understand introductory level data and mathematical concepts
  • Work with different types of data
  • Become data literate with the basic data analyst toolkit, including data storytelling
  • Apply summary statistics to analyze and understand data sets
  • Apply analytics methods to industry and business scenarios
  • Learn about data analyst career paths
Module 1: Our Data-Driven World
Module 2: Our First Data Walkthrough
Module 3: Our Data Structures
Module 4: Our Data Analysis Methods
Module 5: Our Data Analysis in Context
Module 6: Final and Challenge Labs

Overview

This course is part of the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Analysis.

Digital transformation and advanced technologies like AI and quantum computing are fueled by data. Every industry and profession needs data analysis, from a small business’s survey data to CERN’s 100’s of petabytes per experiment. Analyzing data is one of the most critical skills of the future.

This course, meant for people of all ages, will bring you from the very beginnings of data concepts and structures in context, all the way through analyzing data, telling data stories effectively, and understanding the environments in which data exists throughout our work and life. It will also start you on the path to becoming a data analyst. Throughout the course, we’ll reference additional courses and learning paths you can take to help you on your data career journey.

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Frequently asked questions

Q: Do I need desktop Excel?
A: No. We will be using Excel Online for all applied portions of the course
 
Q: Do I need a Windows computer to complete the course?
A: No. You can complete the labs using a computer running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.
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