Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals

Data science is driving a world-wide revolution that touches everything from business automation to social interaction

Created by Barton Poulson

Data science is driving a world-wide revolution that touches everything from business automation to social interaction. It’s also one of the fastest growing, most rewarding careers, employing analysts and engineers around the globe. This Data science course provides an accessible, nontechnical overview of the field, covering the vocabulary, skills, jobs, tools, and techniques of data science. Instructor Barton Poulson defines the relationships to other data-saturated fields such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. He reviews the primary practices: gathering and analyzing data, formulating rules for classification and decision-making, and drawing actionable insights. He also discusses ethics and accountability and provides direction to learn more. By the end, you’ll see how data science can help you make better decisions, gain deeper insights, and make your work more effective and efficient.

Topics include:

  • Assess the skills required for a career in data science.
  • Evaluate different sources of data, including metrics and APIs.
  • Explore data through graphs and statistics.
  • Assess the role of mathematics, such as algebra, in data science.
  • Assess the role of applied statistics, such as confidence intervals, in data science.
  • Assess the role of machine learning, such as artificial neural networks, in data science.
  • Define the components of effective data visualization.
  • Discover how data scientists use programming languages such as R, Python, and SQL.


Section 1: Data Science

Section 2: The Place of Data Science in the Data Universe

Section 3: Data Science : Ethics and Agency

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About the Instructor

  • Barton Poulson

    Barton Poulson is a professor, designer, and data analytics expert. Barton has bridged the analytic and aesthetic for most of his life, with a background in industrial design, a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology, and a deep love for data analysis and data visualization as well as the visual and performing arts. Bart is an associate professor of psychology at Utah Valley University and has studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and the City University of New York. In his role as a teacher of research and analysis, he has conducted hundreds of studies with his students on topics from social identity and aspirations to implicit preferences for poetry and architecture. Bart and his wife, Jacque Lynn Bell, a modern dance choreographer, live with their three children in beautiful Salt Lake City.