What you will learn
- How to design algorithms
- Understand fundamental programming concepts including data abstraction, storage and structures
- Understand computational thinking which includes decomposition, pattern recognition and abstraction
- Data-driven problem and algorithm design for big data
- Interpretation of data representation and analysis
- Understand key mathematical concepts, including dimension reduction and Bayesian models
- How to use analytical tools such as R and Java
Big data is changing the way businesses operate. Driven by a new scale of data collection that provides massive levels of information, businesses are now able to analyse and gather data insights to make better-informed decisions.
Data scientists and business analysts are in high-demand as companies look to use data to improve their business operations.
In this Big Data MicroMasters program, you will learn tools and analytical methods to use data for decision-making, collect and organise data at scale, and gain an understanding of how data analysis can help to inform change within organisations.
You’ll develop both the technical and computational skills that are in high demand across a range of industries. You’ll develop critical skills in programming for data science, computational thinking, algorithm design, big data fundamentals, and data-driven analysis, with plenty of opportunities to apply and explore your new learnings through a range of case studies.
Courses in this program
AdelaideX's Big Data MicroMasters® Program
What is a MicroMasters Program?
MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.
How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all four MicroMasters program courses, as well as the capstone project.
From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.
The Big Data MicroMasters program from AdelaideX provides a graduate-level foundation in data science.
Learners who successfully complete the Big Data MicroMasters program and gain admission to the Master of Data Science at the University of Adelaide will be granted 12 units of credit towards the Master’s program. The Big Data MicroMasters program certificate represents 25% of the Master of Data Science program, which requires 48 units of coursework to complete.
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) also offers a pathway to credit toward RIT's Master of Science in Professional Studies. If accepted into the program at RIT, students will be eligible for up to 9 credits which will serve toward one concentration required for this interdisciplinary degree. The MS in Professional Studies– which can be completed online or in-person – is a customized, flexible program that meets industry demand by enabling students to strategically combine multiple, complementary fields of study to reflect their unique career and educational goals.
- A McKinsey Global Institute study states that by 2018, the US will be facing a shortage of about 190,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers and analysts who can understand and make decisions using Big Data. (Source: edureka!)
- A report by Glassdoor shows that the median salary for a Data Scientist is US$116,000. (Source: www.glassdoor.com)
- The average salaries for jobs with titles related to Big Data are Big Data Scientist, US$123,000, Lead Data Scientist, US$108,000, Data Scientist and Principal Data Scientist US$102,000. (Source: edureka!)
- Career prospects for people with data science skills and training include data scientist, data engineer, data architect, data administrator, data analyst, business analyst, data or analytics manager and business intelligence manager. (Source: edureka!)
Meet your instructors
Experts from AdelaideX committed to teaching online learning
The chief economist of Google, Hal Varian, predicted in 2009 that the sexiest job over the next decade would be data scientists. We believe this prediction has come true. Not only has the amount of data captured continued to increase exponentially, so too has the reliance on the analysis of this data by large businesses to optimise their operations. At present the demand for talented data scientists is greater than the supply, and this demand is growing very quickly. The University of Adelaide's Big Data MicroMasters program plans to help meet this growing demand by enabling students to build deep skills and expertise in working with data.
Tech Mahindra is guaranteeing interviews at its India locations for edX learners who successfully complete this MicroMasters program and meet other hiring criteria. Today’s disruptive business landscape demands for our talents to be future ready and it is our prime responsibility that the right tools and innovative pathways are facilitated for them... We are excited to work together with edX because careers will be facilitated with a blended learning environment, as well as this gives us the opportunity to bring in new ideas to the table and enhance our customer’s experiences.
- Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.