You’ll gain a foundation in data science methods, ethics and tools from a social science perspective, before before progressing onto learning how to program in R.
This course is taught in two parts and incorporates our introductory course, Introduction to Data Science for Social Scientists.
Part one: Introduction to Data Science for Social Scientists will teach you the theory of computational social science and provide a foundation in data science before you start to develop your programming skills. (Please note, you can also take this as a standalone course).
Part two: The second part of the course will see you specialize in the R programming language. You’ll master the fundamentals of R and learn practical skills that are directly applicable to social science research.
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to develop a solid foundation in data science before going on to learn the basics of R. The two stage approach provides a comprehensive overview, teaching you theory and practical skills that can be applied to your research straight away.
If you would prefer to specialize in Python we also offer Introduction to Data Science with Python
This part of the course includes:
This part of the course covers:
No. All you need to complete this course is a web browser and an internet connection. We do all our programming using JupyterHub, which means that you can code in your browser window.
Jupyter notebooks offer a seamless integration of code with explanatory markdown text. It will allow you to read the narrative of the programming task, and write code of your own to fit into the larger narrative.
If you’d like to find out more about Jupyter notebooks, see our blog post “What is a Jupyter Notebook”.
Part one will take you approximately 10 hours to complete. Part two will take you approximately 15 hours to complete.
We recommend one hour per day four days a week, for four consecutive weeks. Research shows that regular short practice is more effective than inconsistent long sessions of study.
You will have access to the course for 3 months.
For the first 4 weeks of the course you will be able to reach your instructor on the class forum if you get stuck. We recommend that you complete part one of the course during this time.
During weeks 4-8 of your course, live Q&A video sessions will be held weekly with your instructor to ensure that you have support when you move onto part two and start learning how to code. They will be recorded and posted on the learning platform so you can watch the videos later if you can’t attend.
All of our courses offer a certificate of completion signed by your instructor. You will be able to download this certificate, from the Learning Platform, when you complete the course.
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