Data Fundamentals

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Welcome to the Course “Data Fundamentals”. This is the 4th course in the Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) INTRODUCTORY program that seeks to empower youth with the practical skills for today’s Digital economy. These courses are designed to address competency profiles in Digital literacy and Data skills that have become essential for the job markets of today and the future. Participants in this course “Data Fundamentals”, will acquire the essential practical skills that will equip them with foundational data competencies such as Data Collection, Organisation, Management, Evaluation and Application to various business scenarios and activities.

In the Digital economy, Data has become a critical and valuable business resource. Data literacy and the ability to collect, organise, manage, evaluate and apply Data to various business scenarios and activities is rapidly becoming an essential 21st century skill.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of data and information, and basic toolkits (including spreadsheets) for collecting, organizing and applying data effectively. Practical techniques are learned to process, manipulate and visualize data using spreadsheets. Students also learn about important data issues such as data quality, security, privacy and are introduced to good practices for working with Data.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of data and Information
  • Differentiate between various types of structured and unstructured data
  • Demonstrate how to use the smartphone as a tool for data collection
  • Use basic spreadsheet functions for common data formatting and organization activities
  • Demonstrate techniques to reduce data errors by cleaning
  • Explain critical data issues such as security and privacy and the role they play in data management
  • Demonstrate how to interpret data using visualization tools

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