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Introduction to Data Science


Without organisation and interpretation, data is essentially useless. It most cases, it takes someone with the skill to construct meaning from what seems like chaos. This course equips you with the fundamental skills needed to analyse data and construct meaning from data, thereby realising its value.

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CSA: The Computer Science Association of South Africa is a professional body formed in partnership with Google to promote, protect, and advance Computer Science and software development education in the country.

MICT SETA: The MICT SETA partners with industry, Universities and TVET colleges (both public and private) in the delivery of respective learning programmes in its endeavour to address identified scarce skills. Its commitment to expand and improve provision of skills development for SMMEs and rural communities will contribute towards addressing the requisite skills immeasurably.

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This course is designed for students who have taken one of Hyperion's intermediate courses, or have equivalent experience (1 year + programming experience)

Course Overview


This course covers the fundamentals of software development, offering a beginner-level introduction to the Python programming language and a comprehensive guide to data science libraries such as Matplotlib, Scikit Learn, NumPy, and NLTK, among others.

You’ll explore foundational concepts from thinking like a programmer, to practical usage of common software development tools and resources, to concepts such as data and control structures, control flow, object orientated programming, data analysis, data visualization, machine learning, natural language processing etc..

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$399 per month
$899 3 months up-front

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Access to all course content

Discussion forum

Get paired with a 1:1 mentor
(learn how it works)

Career guidance and job
search support

Tailored marking on your
code within 6 hours

Hyperion certification

Weekly video calls with mentor

On-demand priority live chat
with your mentor

$599 per month
$1497 3 months up-front

Register Now

Course Syllabus

Our courses are designed to help you learn programming skills through practice. Here are the practical projects you'll complete with the help of a mentor as part of this course:


Tools of the Trade

We start looking at the Python programming language to learn the tools we'll be needing in the path of this course. We'll be learning how to create a variety of apps for different purposes that utilise a variety of programming and data structures - while also being able to interact with the user. This will all put is in good stead for what is to follow.


Into The Deep

Now we can begin using our knowledge and applying it to the big data world. With tools such as Numpy and Matplotlib at our disposal we start looking at how we can programmatically handle the highly complex concepts of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning - arguably two of the most vital components of advanced computing in the modern age of big data.

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Why Take This Course?

Data Science is a field that is growing at an exponential rate. Often mixed or related to terms like ‘Artificial Intelligence’. ‘Machine Learning’, and ‘Big Data’, it’s easy to get confused. This course has been developed in partnership with top research institutions in Data Science, such as the University of Cambridge, Oxford, and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

The course proceeds by introducing various fields related to Data Science. Data Science is centred around analysing certain types of data. Biological data is explored in a computational biology exercise, human language data in natural language processing tasks, and core machine learning - which powers much of Artificial Intelligence - is also introduced. General data visualisation and exploration toolkits are also explored.

Handwritten feedback on your work within 6 hours of submission

24/7 online chat with your mentor and weekly 1:1 mentorship call

Full access to tailored course content and coding exercises

On-boarding guidance call with an expert mentor to check you're on the right course

Certificate and professional reference on completion

Post graduation career support
A MicroDegree is a innovative new concept which goes beyond simply taking an online course. This certification is designed to get you the skills that employers believe are integral to get a job in software development. It focuses on learning by doing, and is typically comprised of 8 to 15 practical programming projects with hundreds of additional programming exercises and course content to support the skills needed to complete these projects.

All our MicroDegrees connect you with a 1:1 mentor, to which your practical programming projects are submitted for feedback. Your mentor works with you in real time to improve your code, solve programming exercises, and craft your learning path to match your intended career. Mentor support is available 24/7 online with face-to-face support offered in selected areas.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Prior programming experience requirements

- It is required that you have had at least 6 months programming experience or take one of our beginner courses in order to take this course.


- Motivation and dedication to learn, and apply your mind to more complex tasks in programming.

- Proficiency in both written and spoken English

Technical Proficiencies

-Good programming skills. Python is recommended, but proficiency with another high level will suffice

-Proficient with the use of a IDE’s such as CodeBlocks, Visual Studio, IDLE, or Eclipse

Equipment and Technologies

-Access to a computer and a broadband internet connection *

-A machine that meets the technical requirements to run Python. Please see: https://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7/. More information on the installation of Python will be given in the course

-An email address where course content and other important course information can be delivered.

*The use of Dropbox means you’re not required to be always online while taking this MicroDegree. Even if you don’t have internet - perhaps due to some loadshedding - you can still access your Dropbox folder and continue to edit/update files. As soon as you have internet again, your Dropbox will sync with your trainer and he or she will see your changes. Dropbox and our own website is also available on everything from Blackberry to Apple tablets - so you will be able to learn while on the move.

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