Data Mining Foundations and Practice, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Launch Your Career in Data Science. Master core data mining concepts, techniques, and hands-on skills with this Data Mining Foundations and Practice course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder.

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The Data Mining Foundations and Practice course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder is intended for data science professionals and domain experts who want to learn the fundamental concepts and core techniques for discovering patterns in large-scale data sets. This specialization consists of three courses: (1) Data Mining Pipeline, which introduces the key steps of data understanding, data preprocessing, data warehouse, data modeling and interpretation/evaluation; (2) Data Mining Methods, which covers core techniques for frequent pattern analysis, classification, clustering, and outlier detection; and (3) Data Mining Project, which offers guidance and hands-on experience of designing and implementing a real-world data mining project.

Data Mining can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-DS is an interdisciplinary degree that brings together faculty from CU Boulder’s departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Science, and others. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the MS-DS is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience in computer science, information science, mathematics, and statistics.

Applied Learning Project

There are programming assignments that cover specific aspects of the data mining pipeline and methods. Furthermore,  the Data Mining Project course provides step-by-step guidance and hands-on experience of formulating, designing, implementing, and reporting of a real-world data mining project.

What You Will Learn:

  • Data mining pipeline: data understanding, preprocessing, warehousing
  • Data mining project: project formulation, design, implementation, reporting
  • Data mining methods: frequent patterns, classification, clustering, outliers

Skills You Will Gain:

  • Apply and evaluate data mining methods
  • Work through the data mining pipeline
  • Data mining project design and implementation

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Mining Pipeline
  • Data Mining Methods
  • Data Mining Project

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate level

  • Learners should have some experience working with data, Python programming, data structures and algorithms, and basic concepts of probability.

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