UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

DATA SCIENCE WITH PYTHON

Use statistical learning to solve real-world business problems.

Duration

8 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

The ability to apply data science and analysis solutions to business situations and analyse raw data and present it effectively in a visualisation.

2

The tools to build and modify robust models, using techniques such as regularisation, to help you solve business problems.

3

A practical grounding in Jupyter Notebook, one of the most widely used notebooks in data science.

4

A certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Africa’s leading university,1 as validation of your new data science and analysis skill set.


1 QS Top Universities (Jun, 2019).

COURSE CURRICULUM

Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work your way through the following modules:

Module 1:
Data Science and Statistical Learning
Module 2:
Tree-Based Methods
Module 3:
Managing the Complexity of Tree-Based Methods
Module 4:
Neural Networks
Module 5:
Managing the Complexity of Neural Networks
Module 6:
K-Means Clustering
Module 7:
Hierarchical Clustering
Module 8:
Data Science in the Real World

READINESS TEST

Assess your knowledge of Python in preparation for this course with our readiness test. The test will gauge your competencies in mathematics and statistics, as well as your understanding of relevant programming languages.

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YOUR COURSE CO-CONVENORS

Etienne Pienaar

Lecturer, Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town

Pienaar is a postdoctoral fellow at UCT where he convenes the postgraduate diploma in entrepreneurship. He obtained a BSc in financial mathematics at the University of Johannesburg and subsequently completed a postgraduate diploma in actuarial science, and an honours in statistics at UCT. He then obtained a master’s, as well as a PhD, in statistics. Although his research focuses primarily on the analysis of non-linear jump diffusion processes and the development of computationally scientific techniques (and accompanying software packages), he has strong interests in machine learning and risk valuation for financial instruments.

Jean-Paul Van Belle

Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa at the University of Cape Town

Van Belle has written over 120 published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of service-oriented architecture, unified communications within businesses, open source software, mobile computing, and information and communication technologies for development. In 2012, he established the UCT-Samsung Mobile Innovation Lab at UCT.

AN ONLINE EDUCATION THAT SETS YOU APART

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:

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