The University of Massachusetts Amherst

DACSS 601: Data Science Fundamentals

Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Data Analytics and Computational Social Science course, DACSS 601: Data Science Fundamentals, introduces fundamental data science concepts and the world of big data, while continuing to help students develop their programming skills in R. R is a general purpose data science language used for everything from mapping, network analysis, and text processing to standard statistical analysis. 

I started the course knowing next to no R, and now I feel confident that I have a solid understanding of R that will help me succeed in my other classes.

- Larrisa Miller (DACSS '21)

I love that this course really scaffolded me as I figured out how to use R and RMarkdown,” said Larri Miller, a current DACSS student. “I started the course knowing next to no R, and now I feel confident that I have a solid understanding of R that will help me succeed in my other classes."

This course also provides students with a solid grounding in general data management and data wrangling skills that are required in all advanced quantitative and data analysis courses.

DACSS 601 is one of the core courses students are required to take in order to complete a DACSS M.S. or graduate certificate. Learn more about our program and courses here.