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Data Science Fundamentals course overview

Data science allows us to make data-driven insights. In this Data Science Fundamentals course, we will give you an overview of why data science and how it is used in the business and finance world. We will go through the data science cycle of how to build machine learning models to make predictions.

First, we will discuss exploratory data analysis, feature selection, feature engineering, and other common methods to understand and prepare the data for analysis. Then we will explore a few different algorithms used for both unsupervised and supervised machine learning models. We will also discuss how to use validation/resampling techniques to train and test the data. Finally, we will explore evaluation techniques to assess the model’s performance and improve the model based on the evaluation results. We will demonstrate the data science cycle using a real-life scenario.

A dashboard being built in Excel

Data Science Fundamentals learning objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Outline the data science cycle and machine learning process
  • Explain the commonly used feature selection and feature engineering methods
  • List the algorithms mostly used in supervised and unsupervised learning
  • Read the key metrics used to evaluate a machine learning model
  • Explain the techniques used to improve an underfitting or overfitting model

Chapter 3 learning objectives

Data Science Fundamentals is a prep course of CFI’s BIDA™ program

CFI’s upcoming Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program will cover all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about business intelligence and data analysis. This program will teach you the quantitative methods used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to analyze complex data.

Common career paths for students who take the BIDA™ program are Business Intelligence, Asset Management, Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, and other finance careers.

Students can sign up for updates and reserve a spot in the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Program on the student dashboard. 

Who should take this course?

This Data Science Fundamentals course is perfect for anyone who would like to build up their understanding of data analysis and machine learning. This course is designed to equip anyone who desires to begin a career in data analysis, quantitative analysis, business intelligence, or other areas of business and finance.

Data Science Fundamentals

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Become a certified Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification

Data Science Fundamentals is part of the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ certification, which includes 17 courses.

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification
  • Skills Learned Data visualization, data warehousing and transformation, data modeling and analysis
  • Career Prep Business intelligence analyst, data scientist, data visualization specialist

Path to certification

Prep courses

3 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

01 Optional

Core courses

12 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

02 Required

Elective courses

2 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.

03 Optional

Get certified

Submit your BIDA checklist and order your certificate.

04 Required

Join our community

Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.

05 Optional

How the certification works

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and elective courses (17 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified (BIDA)™ Certification will be emailed to you.

What our students say

Excellent
I have extremely enjoyed taking the course. I had no background in Data Science, but the knowledge that I have obtained in this course is enough to give me a solid understanding of Data Science.

Godfrey Nkolokosa

Great Course
comprehensively informative lessons that offer deep understanding of fundamental concepts of data science

Casper Onsare

Data Science Basics
Excellent notes and content, bit confusing on the programming part

Chikomborero Machache

Review
Nice. Learnt the basics.

Sreeharan B N

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Frequently asked questions

Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
Depending on your enrollment type, you will either have two years, yearly, or monthly access to your courses. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
No! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification. You can see our enrollment fees listed here.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All our online courses are priced in USD. We accept debit/credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), PayPal, and wire transfers for one-time course payments. If you wish to proceed with a wire transfer from your bank, please see instructions here.
How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
What is the price of the subscription?
All Access Subscription is priced for $497 per year as Self-Study plan or $897 per year as Full Immersion plan.
What is included in the subscription?
All Access Subscription includes all courses from Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification, Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification, Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® Certification, Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification, Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Specialization.
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