This hands-on course follows on from COMP 1630, COMP 2362 and was designed to introduce Python fundamentals for data analytics. Students must have skills in Excel spreadsheets, database systems and Structured Query Language (SQL) programming before registering for this course. Students are advised to complete COMP 2454 Python prior to MATH 1060. This is a BYOD courses and students must provide their own Windows 10, or macOS 10.3 or higher dual core laptop with a minimum of 8GB RAM to participate in this course. BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Starting with an overview of the Python IDE, participants will explore foundational programming concepts. Participants are introduced to Variables, Conditions, Operators, Loops, Functions, Arrays, Dictionaries and DataFrames. Exercises and labs explore data analysis using simple statistics with Python. Students are also introduced to string manipulation, Regression, Aggregation, and object-oriented structures with Python used in data analysis. Students are shown how to use Python for basic graphing. COMP 2454 is a required course in the Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC from BCIT Computing. Upon completion successful students will be prepared to move on to MATH 1060 Statistics for Data Analysis, COMP 2854 Data Analytics Fundaments and later COMP 4254 Advanced Topics in Data Analytics.
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