Graduate Certificate of Data Science Online

Why Data Science with JCU?

James Cook University’s online Graduate Certificate of Data Science will give you immediately applicable data science skills. The JCU Graduate Certificate of Data Science is backed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of data science and tech leaders from across Australia with extensive experience both domestically and abroad.

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Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time wherever and whenever suits you.

Qualifications that count

Build on your success with a postgraduate qualification that helps propel your entry to the big data sphere.

Gain skills the industry needs

Develop skills in a suite of programming languages and software including SAS, R Studio and Tableau.

Program Highlights

  • Develop fundamental skills in data science.
  • Open up your career opportunities.
  • Gain skills in SAS, Python, R Studio and more.
  • Begin the pathway towards a master degree.
  • Fast-track your career with 100% online study.
  • Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
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Graduate Certificate of Data Science

Expand your career opportunities in the world of data science

Looking to embrace the data science revolution as part of your job specification or steer your career in a whole new direction? Organisations of all kinds continue to recognise and explore the insights and advantages linked to extensive analysis of raw data. The global business and research sectors offer a wealth of opportunity to professionals who hold an understanding of the applications of data analytics through career growth, new role creation and recruitment.

James Cook University’s online Graduate Certificate of Data Science is a fast way to gain the foundational knowledge you need to maximise opportunities in a data-driven world. Delivered by expert teaching staff with deep academic knowledge and real-world industry experience, the program of study will provide you with current knowledge that will be the catalyst for a wealth of new career opportunities.

 

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What you will study

You will study four subjects while you complete your Graduate Certificate of Data Science. An interdisciplinary approach means you’ll acquire relevant knowledge from across the mathematics, information technology and business domains, delivered by academics with deep experience in research and business.

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Graduate Certificate subjects
  • Foundations for Data Science
    This subject provides an overview of data science as a discipline, as well as an introduction to fundamental aspects of this area. Read more
  • Statistical Methods for Data Science
    This subject introduces practical applications and concepts involved in descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and linear modelling. Read more
  • Data Visualisation
    This subject introduces the fundamentals of data visualisation and how it can solve a wide range of practical data interpretation problems. Read more
  • Database Systems
    This subject provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of database systems and their importance in data science. Read more

Course information

The Graduate Certificate of Data Science gives you immediately applicable data science skills and is a great foundation for moving into a data science career, as well as a stepping stone towards higher qualifications.

  • Entry Requirements
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Career Outcomes
Entry Requirements

The JCU Graduate Certificate of Data Science welcomes applications from students who are able to meet the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor degree, plus high school intermediate level mathematics (basic algebra and differential calculus)*; or at least five years of relevant work experience (high numeracy skills)
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

*JCU offers a specified online mathematics subject, which can be completed prior to application if you do not currently meet the mathematical entry requirement level.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

JCU recognises the value of past study and real world experience. Exemptions or credits for subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon submission of verifiable supporting documentation.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Data Science, you will gain:

  • A foundational knowledge of the discipline of data science.
  • An understanding of database systems, data visualisation and statistical methods for data science.
  • Skills in programs including SAS, Python, RStudio and Tableau.
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Career Outcomes

The field of data science continues to grow, and studying a Graduate Certificate of Data Science will give you an edge in this diverse industry. Upon successfully completing a Graduate Certificate of Data Science with JCU, you will have the skills and expertise to succeed in roles like:

  • Data Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst

You can also choose to continue your studies by completing a Graduate Diploma or Master of Data Science.

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Meet our Data Science Academics

With deep academic knowledge and industry experience from a range of disciplines, our data science academics will offer you a world-class learning experience that ensures you have the skills to remain ahead in our data-driven world.

Nested qualifications: Early entry exit options

JCU’s online Graduate Certificate of Data Science is a pathway towards obtaining a master degree. After completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your studies and gain a Graduate Diploma or Master of Data Science. Get in touch with an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

 

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Frequently asked questions

What is data science?
Data science is anything and everything about data, from collection, storage, cleaning, processing, analyses, visualisation to communicate the finding with end-users. Data scientists not only extract valuable insights from data they also predict the possibility of future events using available data.
What is the difference between data science and data analytics?
Data science is anything and everything about data. Data analytics is part of data science which centres on formulating actionable insights to pre-existing questions.
Why study data science?
As more data are collected each day, the field of data science continues to grow. Studying a Master of Data Science will give you the in-demand skills in programming, visualisation and cloud platforms. Upon successfully completing a Master of Data Science with JCU, you will have the skills and expertise to succeed in roles like: Data Scientist, Business Analyst, AI Developer, Machine Learning Specialist, Data Analyst, Chief Information Officer.
How do I get into data science?
A postgraduate degree in data science will help you navigate into this industry. To enter our Master of Data Science you must have a Bachelor degree or at least five years of relevant work experience in an IT or data science-related industry.
What software programs are studied in the course?
Gain skills in highly requested data science software such as Python, R, Tableau, SAS, and AWS.
Will I learn about cloud-based computing in this course?
Yes, students get to learn how to choose and apply different techniques and software for cloud computing of big data in the subject: Advanced Data Management and Analysis using SAS.
What level of mathematics is required to complete the degree? How will I catch up if I do not meet the requirement?
Numeracy skills equivalent to senior level mathematics that includes algebra and elementary differential calculus is assumed. JCU offers a specified online mathematics subject, which can be completed prior to application if you do not currently meet the mathematical entry requirement level.
What kind of assessments can be expected in this course?
Assessment includes a combination of, reports, assignments and presentations. Students receive regular feedback on their progress via online forums and individual consultations with academic staff.
What is FEE-HELP?
Some students may be eligible for government assistance to help their study. For more information and to see if you are eligible visit: https://online.jcu.edu.au/fees