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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Data Science, Certificate

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In this certificate course series, students will be introduced to the world of data science and, upon completion, will be prepared to apply their new skills in the business world.  Students will get the opportunity to work with many different data analysis techniques including regression and machine learning concepts.

This certificate is intended to be completed in three semesters and will provide the skills needed for entry level Data Science positions.

For more information about the Data Science program, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/it/.

Program Details

Locations:Ankeny, Urban

Students may start this program any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Data Science Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Option 1 - Select 4 Credits

Semester 3

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 19

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate)  $150 $250 $100

Approximate total cost for the program: $3,806**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

The data science work life can be incredibly varied depending on the company. A data scientist is expected to find valuable information about sets of data so the company can get value from this information. A data scientist is also expected to communicate to multiple different groups of varied technical expertise from developers and engineers to marketers and executives.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

The most important skill of a data scientist is curiosity.  Wanting to find the valuable information from often large sets of data needs to be motivating.  A data scientist also needs to be a confident communicator.  They need to be able to communicate will with technical groups to get the assistance they need in accessing data.  They also need to be able to communicate well with business groups to gather requirements as well as defend the answers they find.  Finally, a data scientist needs to be able to control work load because a good data scientist is always in demand.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

This certificate is a great jumping off point in the world of data science but this career is one of life-long learning. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, as of 2019, the median annual wage for a statistician is $95,680 annually.  Statisticians with data science specific skill sets can most likely exceed this median wage

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of Python development.

  2. Employ understanding of Python concepts to apply to more advanced topics.

  3. Examine the basics of data science concepts including data analysis, data reporting, and expectations of a data scientist career.

  4. Experiment with data acquisition, data cleansing, data analysis, data visualization, and simple modeling.

  5. Analyze datasets through different machine learning techniques.

  6. Demonstrate understanding of statistics concepts to be utilized for data analysis.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)

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