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African ​Da​​​ta Science Acade​my​​
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​The African Data Science Academy's mission is to facilitate human capacity building in data science and computational thinking at the University, nationally in South Africa, across Africa and globally. It develops and presents open courses offered by the School as well as bespoke courses developed for our industry and academic partners. We invite you to explore partnering with the African Data Science Academy for your training needs.​

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​​​​Previously offered Courses​


​ Pres​enter(s)
​Dr Juan Klopper, School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, Stellenbosch University
​ Duration
​5 days from 26 - 30 July 2021
Mon 8:30 to 9:30 introductory session
Mon to Fri, 2pm to 4pm workshop session
The course is packed, so one must have enough time to watch the videos and attempt the practice questions everyday before the 2pm session.​
​​Cost
Free.
​ Format
The course takes place online from 26 - 30 July 2021
The course consists of online videos and synchronous lectures/workshops.
​ Requirements
Participants must have one semester of university mathematics. Programming experience not necessary. 
​ Target audience
​This course is aimed at all students, staff, and practitioners.
​ Certificate
Attendance certificate from the National Institute of Theoretical and Computational Sciences for those who participate fully.
​ Focus disciplines
This course is relevant across all disciplines.​
Course outline
Click here​

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General Description
This course covers an introduction to data science and computational thinking. No knowledge of programming is required. We will cover 
the basics of data science and programming using Python; 
  • introduce data and data structures; 
  • introduce Python programming;
  • explore relationship between data using Python.
Outcomes
This course covers the basics of data science through Python programming. The outcomes include:
  • basic Python programming;
  • understand the benefit of data science;
  • basic data science models.


Introduction to Cloud Computing with Azure​
​ Pres​enter(s)
​Mr Luca Steyn, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Stellenbosch University
​ Duration
​4.5 days from 5 - 9 October 2020
​​Cost
R1050 including the Microsoft certification vouchers needed to write the formal accreditation examination.
​ Format
The course takes place online from 5 – 9 October 2020
1 orientation session + 3 one-hour of Q&A sessions over 5 days 
  • ​Compulsory On-boarding takes place the week of 1 October 
  • Delegates are required to test their MS Teams compatibility, attend the orientation session (a maximum of 45 minutes) and fully complete the on-boarding sessions before the course commences to ensure that we are able to resolve any accessibility issues in good time.
​ Requirements
Participants must have a background in computer science, information systems, engineering, and/or data science.
​ Target audience
​This course is aimed at honours, masters and Phd students, final year students in 4 year degrees, staff, and practitioners.
​ Certificate
​Certificate of attendance from SU and the opportunity to write the formal Microsoft Azure examination for accreditation through Microsoft.
​ Focus disciplines
This course is relevant across all disciplines.​

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General Description
This course covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure. No knowledge of the cloud or software engineering is required. We will cover 
the basics of cloud concepts; 
  • explore Microsoft Azure cloud services; 
  • explore how security is a shared responsibility; 
  • learn to apply and monitor infrastructure standards;
  • learn to control and organise cloud resources; 
  • investigate how Microsoft Azure helps us predict the cost of a solution.
Outcomes
This course covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure. No knowledge of the cloud or software engineering is required. We will cover 
the basics of cloud concepts:
  • Learn cloud concepts such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery
  • Understand the benefits of cloud computing in Azure and how it can save you time and money
  • Compare and contrast basic strategies for transitioning to the Azure cloud
  • Explore the breadth of services available in Azure includ-ing compute, network, storage, and security​

​Course Includes
  •   A 'voucher' to write the formal Microsoft Azure examination for accreditation through Microsoft.