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Essential Data Science in Python

Promote engagement and active learning with fully auto-graded assessments and minimal text in Essential Data Science in Python with native Codio content.

Course Modules & Assignments

Python: Describing a Numerical Data Set - Printing and Sorting
- Data Types
- Statistical Functions
- Coding Exercises
Python: Importing and Describing Mixed Data Sets (pandas, matplotlib) - Importing a Data frame
- Logical Operator
- Selecting Data
- Coding Exercises
Python: Statistical Tests to Determine if Populations are Different - Conditionals
- Handling Incomplete Data sets
- Merges And Joins
- Comparison Test
- Coding Exercises
Python: Statistical Tests to Describe Relationships - Correlation Test
- Regression Test
- Coding Exercises
Python Data Analysis Lab - Lab
Python: Creating Comparison and Composition Charts - Comparison Charts
- Composition Charts
- Coding Exercises
Python: Creating Distribution Charts - Scatter Plots
- Box Plots and Histograms
- Coding Exercises
Python: Creating Specialized Visualizations - Specialized Visualizations
- Coding Exercises
Python: Communicating Data Using Jupyter notebook - Presenting Data as a Document Report
- Presenting Data as a Presentation
- Presenting Interactive Data
- Practice Exercises
Python: Visualizing Data and Communicating Results with Jupyter - Lab Visualizing Data and Communicating Results with Jupyter

Constructing Knowledge Through Coding

Essential Data Science in Python emphasizes students applying and exploring the information presented. A code editor accompanies each page with new concepts so students can see for themselves how the computer responds to code. In addition, the content provides code snippets to get students started as well as suggested avenues for investigation.

Auto-Graded Assessments

Students receive immediate, rich feedback. In addition to correctness feedback (i.e. right or wrong), students will also see an explanation with the complete solution. There are a wide variety of questions — all of which are auto-graded, giving students a sense of their understanding of the material right after they are introduced to it and as they attempt harder and harder problems.

Lowering the Barrier to Entry

Essential Data Science in Python reflects the need for computer science education to meet students where they are. Like any specialized community, computer science has its own jargon. The formal teaching of computer science should not burden students with the assumption that they are fluent in this special language. The material is presented in smaller units that are more manageable for the students. The same vocabulary and concepts are covered, but in a more approachable way — state things as plainly as possible, and, when appropriate, use images, tables, or lists.

Another way in which this content is more approachable is that it uses many small programs instead of one large program. Research shows that a variety of smaller problems increase student performance and reduce stress. Using many small programs leads to students spend a sufficient amount of time on their work, and they do not wait until the last moment to begin their work. 

Encouraging Customization Through Modularity

This content is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it implements a modular format. Natural break points occur in the curriculum where instructors can make the changes they deem necessary. Instructors can re-name, re-order, or remove units.

Using Codio’s excellent content authoring tools, they can author new material. This modular approach gives instructors flexibility when designing the learner’s experience.