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Free Online Course on Big Data and the Environment

The University of Reading and Institution of Environmental analytics are offering a free online course on Big Data and the Environment. This course is aimed at professionals seeking a better understanding of environmental big data and the potential these offer to address key questions and underpin novel solutions for business.

Students will explore the complexities of managing and analyzing big data to seek innovative solutions.

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Course At Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Big Data and the Environment
Institution: University of Reading, Institution of Environmental analytics and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on April 13, 2020.

Providers’ Details

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Institution of Environmental analytics

A world-leading applied Research and Development organization, helping customers who understand the opportunities of environmental data analytics to manage risk and improve business.

About This Course

From weather fluctuations to the spread of an invasive species, what problems can scientists address by analyzing these vast data collections? What are the potential benefits for business, research and our daily lives?

Why Take This Course?

Find out about possible career paths and gain insights from industry experts and research scientists working on a range of current projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the characteristics and identify sources of big data
  • Explore applications of data in environmental science for business
  • Understand the skills necessary to be a data scientist
  • Discuss the importance of open data and participate in citizen science

Requirements

This course is aimed at professionals seeking a better understanding of environmental big data and the potential these offer to address key questions and underpin novel solutions for business.

It is also relevant to anyone studying environmental topics with a general interest in big data analytics and the complexities and issues surrounding the collection, curation and application of these vast data sets.

Instructors

Vicky Lucas

Training manager for the IEA – interested in all things about learning and the environment.

Jon Blower

Chief Technology Officer at the Institute for Environmental Analytics. We help all kinds of people to understand and make the most of the environmental data!

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicants will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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