Go beyond the spreadsheet! Crunching Public Data is an introductory programming course intended specifically for public- and private-sector knowledge workers who want to make sense of data stored in tabular format, then analyze and visualize it in meaningful ways. In the course we make use of actual data from the US government site data.gov to give students real-world experience with data analysis, particularly with data sets in the megabyte to gigabyte range that are larger than spreadsheets can typically handle.
The programming language of instruction for this course is Python. Previous experience coding in Python is helpful, but not necessary.
Taught online. Instructor-led. 4 units. What's a unit?
CodeLesson courses are available to students 24 hours a day while the course is in session. That means you can participate in the course even if you have a busy daytime schedule or if you're located in a different time zone.
Courses are comprised of online and offline readings, weekly quizzes, online discussion topics, and hands-on coding exercises that are evaluated by the instructor. You can post questions about the coursework at any time and the instructor will provide guidance. You're never stuck on your own.