New Data Science Course: A Joint Collaboration between Coursera and MathWorks

Even though Gen-X has access to the latest tech gadgets and technology, they still lack basic IT skill-sets mandatory for growth today. Owing to this gap in tech skills, several companies and online platforms have now started online courses to help youngsters and college graduates to sharpen their skills before stepping into the corporate world.

Taking the same route, MathWorks and Courserahave joined hands together to address the data science skills gap. As per reports, MathWorks has already begun a series of courses dubbed “Practical Data Science with MATLAB”. The first course of the series is already available on the Coursera platform titled “Explanatory Data Analysis with MATLAB.”

As a part of this four-course specialization, both the learners and tech-enthusiasts can explore, learn and solve domain-specific data problems. All they need is a prior registration that can be done through this 

It’s a known fact that the IT sector is booming at a rapid pace. Even the Coursera Global Skills Index report from March 2019 confirms the same. As per the GSI report, there’s a huge demand for data science skills by both individuals and corporate organizations alongside the increase of learner enrollment numbers within the data science domain.

As “data is the new asset” for industries across the globe, it has led to a great demand for personalization in products and services thereby influencing the popularity of these skills. There’s a notable increase in demand for the competencies of machine learning (+14%) and statistical programming (+9%).

The latest Data Science specialization course entitled the “Practical Data Science with MATLAB” is beneficial for engineers, scientists, and researchers who are keen on exploring the depths of this domain either as a part of their job profile or to jump into newer avenues and stay at par with the ongoing trends. This is a 5-week duration course (approximately) and is designed for domain experts to help them learn & apply data science without getting stuck with software development skills.

Once the candidate finishes the four-course Specialization, he/she can apply MATLAB to common analysis tasks usually found in applications like voice recognition, autonomous systems, medical imaging, etc.

In the words of Dil Sidhu, Chief Content Officer at Coursera – “The data science skills gap spans industries and countries. We’re excited to launch this new content featuring MATLAB, which has worldwide appeal given its use across disciplines in industry and academia.”  He further added, “In this Specialization, learners will work with trusted MATLAB capabilities and use community-driven solutions from the large MATLAB user base, gaining skills they can use to do their jobs more efficiently and strengthen their careers.” 


Technical Marketing Manager – Data Science, MathWorks Seth DeLand too commented on the joint venture and said, “Engineers, scientists, and researchers are increasingly working on projects that demand data processing, feature engineering, and machine learning to build and operationalize predictive models. They rely on learning platforms like Coursera to acquire and hone these data science skills. Our new series of courses supports multiple types of learners, including those new to data science who want to learn and understand where to apply this in their work, as well as domain experts already involved in projects requiring data science who want a deeper understanding so they can begin immediately using data science on a project.”

The entire Data Science series is divided into a 3-course segment. Each segment of the series acts as a bridge to help learners master the skills and to build competencies to use MATLAB successfully for data science. Here’s the sub-division of the entire series:

  • Course 1 – Exploratory Data Analysis with MATLAB


  • Course 2 – Data Processing and Feature Engineering with MATLAB


  • Course 3 – Predictive Modeling and Machine Learning with MATLAB
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