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Short Course: Data Science for Industry

Date: 23 July 2018 - 5 September 2018 (lectures Monday, Wednesday 4-6pm)
Venue: UCT upper campus
Course fee: ZAR 6000

"Data Science for Industry" is a 24-lecture module in the MSc in Data Science program at the University of Cape Town. This year a small number of places are available for those who would like to take the module as a short course but are not registered at UCT.

The course provides an applied, hands-on overview of selected topics useful in the working world of data science that are not covered by other modules in the program. Broadly speaking these topics fall into two themes: workflow/productivity tools and skills (GitHub, data wrangling, visualization, creating R packages, Shiny applications) and modelling (recommender systems, text mining, neural networks). For a full list of topics covered and last year's lecture materials, see

The course consists of 12 double lectures, taking place on Monday and Wednesday 4-6pm for six weeks, starting 23 July 2018 and ending 5 September. Roughly half of the lectures are in traditional lecture format, with the rest taking the format of a practical/tutorial. In these you would be expected to work through a video lecture before the class meeting, with the lecture time being used for computer practicals and discussion.

The course is conducted in R and to get the most out of the course you should already have at least a working knowledge of R, meaning you would have some experience with reading in data, running statistical analyses (e.g. lm, anova, glm), plotting results, and writing your own functions.

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To apply for a place on the short course, please complete the application form at

Applications close 5 July 2018 but as limited places are available you are advised to apply as early as possible.