DATA 1501 – Intro to Data Science
The School of Data Science and Analytics is proud to introduce a new course at Kennesaw
State University, an Introduction to Data Science. KSU, in combination with other
universities in the University System of Georgia, have identified a need to prepare
the general population of students with basic data analysis skills to keep them competitive
in the growing data-driven workplace. After consulting with various departments at
KSU, we were able to determine a need for students to not only have a solid foundation
in data literacy, but also the ability to manipulate data in Excel.
DATA 1501 is intended to provide an introduction to the field of Data Science. Students
will develop skills in appropriate technology and basic statistical methods by completing
hands-on projects focused on real-world data and addressing the social consequences
of data analysis and application. DATA 1501 will teach students how to independently
manipulate data in Excel, in addition to exploring larger data sets and more advanced
topics using other statistical software packages. The goal is to show students ways
in which data can be managed, as well as the wealth of information that can be obtained
by carefully managing the data. While some statistics topics will be explored, it
will be done from a perspective of applying the statistics concepts.
Who should take this course?
Everyone! The only prerequisite to this course is the completion of an Area A2 mathematics
course (MATH 1001, 1101, 1111, 1113, or STAT 1401). Any student may take DATA 1501 to satisfy their Area D gen ed requirement or as
an elective credit. When taken in succession after STAT 1401, the combination of the
courses provide a statistics pathway for major programs that require a basic knowledge
of these skills. The course was designed with the non-stem major in mind, so have
no fear – all students are welcome here.
Please contact Nicole Carder, DATA 1501 Course Coordinator