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Course Difficulty Levels

Course Difficulty Levels

See the rubric below to understand our course difficulty levels.

Level 1

  • Requires no specific knowledge or skills prior to taking this course
  • High-level introduction to a topic with no technical details
  • Only applies simple calculations
  • Only applies basic functions in common tools
  • Technical terms that are introduced are well-defined in the course

Level 2

Meets one or more of the following:

  • Touches some depth of a subject and discusses some technical details
  • Complete tasks that require multi-step calculation or analysis
  • Applies less common functions or uses less common tools
  • Creates a simple product to solve a problem or answer business questions

Level 3

Meets one or more of the following:

  • Dives deep into certain subjects and explore different aspects of the topic in detailed examples
  • Applies intermediate level math or stats concepts to solve problems
  • Uses advanced functions of a tool or basic programming language
  • Creates a relatively complex final product from scratch”

Level 4

Meets one or more of the following:

  • Builds up concepts learned in multiple level 2 or 3 courses
  • Applies advanced math or stats concepts to solve problems
  • Uses advanced functions, multiple tools, or robust programming language
  • The final product applies knowledge and skills from different courses and reflects the complexity of a unique business scenario”

Level 5

Meets two or more of the following:

  • Builds up concepts learned in level 2, 3, or 4 courses
  • Assumes understanding of advanced math or stat concepts
  • Assumes proficiency in advanced tools or a programming language
  • The final product is significantly more complex than level 4 products”

Level 5+

Meets two or more of the following:

  • Course targets practiced experts in the field (e.g., experienced roles or specialists)
  • Assumes a practiced familiarity with concepts learned in 2, 3, or 4 courses
  • Assumes experience with best-in-class technical tools
  • Final products or skills use expert-level practices or concepts”

 

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