Math (Courses) for Data Science

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I want to share some thoughts on the math required for a data scientist (or at least, a data science undergraduate degree). The discussion can really be boiled down to one question: “Discrete Mathematics or Calculus 2?” Let’s first take a look at the outcomes from an in-progress and two completed working groups on outlining …

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Student Learning Objectives – Part 4

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This post is part of a series on student learning objectives (SLO’s) for both curriculum and courses. The SLO’s in this post are course level, specifically topical objectives for an “Introduction to Data Science” (Data 151) class for new students. Love them or hate them, student learning objectives are a part of higher education (I …

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Student Learning Objectives – Part 3

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This post is part of a series on student learning objectives (SLO’s) both for curriculum and courses. The SLO’s in this post are course level, specifically for an “Introduction to Data Science” (Data 151) class for new students. Love them or hate them, student learning objectives are a part of higher education (I for one …

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Student Learning Objectives – Part 2

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This post is part of a series on student learning objectives (SLO’s) both for curriculum and courses. The SLO’s in this post are curricular level and address soft-skills and versatile expertise. Love them or hate them, student learning objectives are a part of higher education (I for one appreciate how they provide focus for curriculum …

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Student Learning Objectives (Part 1)

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This post is part of a series on student learning objectives (SLO’s) both for curriculum and courses. The SLO’s in this post are curricular level and address soft-skills and versatile expertise. Love them or hate them, student learning objectives are a part of higher education (I for one appreciate how they provide focus for curriculum …

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Resources for Learning Data Science Visualization

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A large component of a data science education is learning how to effectively visualize data. This could be part of exploratory data analysis, producing presentations for co-workers or bosses, or just because you want to show off something neat you found. One of the content sections for Data 151: Introduction to Data Science tries to …

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In the beginning… (Blog Introduction)

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There was no data science curriculum. There were no data science classes. This blog is about two main topics, closely tied together: Designing data science curricula for undergraduate and graduate education (and) Designing data science (or related) courses. Valparaiso University started their undergraduate data science degree in Fall 2016, after nearly two years of planning …

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