In the course Datascience 101 (Basistraining Data) the foundation is laid for our students so they can develop into true data jugglers. To become a Geo Media & Design professional, our students are supposed to learn to analyse and visualize all kinds of data. Nowadays this is often done through programming and all kinds of specialistic software. In six weeks I challenge my students to:
- Think about their future role as Geo Media Designer and skills necessary to fulfill that role.
- Learn a bit about how computers work and how we make them compute what we want.
- Learn to work with Excel at advanced levels
- Learn to calculate statistics over data and to answer research questions based on data and their statistics.
If you think that's a lot for six weeks, you're probably right! Still our students tend to get through the course quite well and it's a fulltime education so we do expect our students to do some work. The subject is worth 2 ECTS, so the total workload is 48 hours. Sounds a lot more manageable, right?
So why are we touching on these subjects in this course? It's one of the first courses which are students follow in the GMD curriculum. They often still don't have a very clear idea of what they're studying. When I discovered this, I descided it was important that they realize themselves that to work in our field, knowing to code and to analyze data would be mandatory. Even more, web development would be mandatory. If students are not interested in these things, I'd rather not have them in my classes, because then it's going to be difficult to get through the curriculum. So, to take away much of the resistance against programming and data juggling, I wanted to show the importance and the world of possibilities that's opened up if you know how to handle data.