Data Science | Big Data Management Systems and Tools

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Program length Format Session start date(s) Program fees
12 weeks Online learning with live recorded sessions May 29, 2023

September 25, 2023

January 29, 2024

May 27, 2024

$995 + applicable taxes

Big Data involves massive data volumes and diverse data types. Modern organizations need people who can help implement the tools they need to deal with these huge data sets.

In this course, you’ll learn the technology of Big Data and build in-demand skills. You’ll also get hands-on experience using up-to-date database management systems and tools. Get in on the explosion of new NoSQL technologies and Big Data tools including Hadoop, Spark, and Cassandra.

This course is developed in partnership with the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

Who should enrol

  • Business associates, operations managers, project managers and intelligence analysts
  • Finance, securities and insurance professionals
  • Digital marketing and communication specialists
  • Professionals from every level or industry who work with analytics or data

What you will learn

  • Understand the architecture of reliable Big Data systems.
  • Describe how they differ from traditional systems.
  • Use several NoSQL database management systems.
  • Address the many challenges of working with data at scale.
  • Use tools such as MongoDB and Spark to process large datasets.

Weekly webinars review key concepts and provide an opportunity for live interaction and Q&A with the instructors. The webinars will be recorded so if you are unable to attend you can watch the webinar recording at a time that is convenient to you.

Academic requirements

  • Required prerequisites:
  • A working knowledge of Python.
  • A degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Science is recommended, but not required. Basic knowledge of programming and programming languages is strongly recommended.

System requirements

Program lead

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Larry Simon, MBA

Mr. Simon is an entrepreneur, management consultant, and angel investor, specializing in IT strategy and data analytics. He has over 30 years of experience advising startups, global corporations, and government institutions. He is the founder and a Managing Director of Inflection Group. Prior to this he was a Partner with Ernst & Young Consulting, their CTO and National Director of their strategy and delivery centres.

He has previously served on the faculty of the Rotman School of Management, as the Head Judge of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA), and as a Councillor of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario. Larry holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a B.Math (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo.


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Online Data Science courses taken through WatSPEED at the University of Waterloo will have applicable taxes applied at the time of purchase. A T2022A tax slip is not issued for these courses.

Withdrawal and refund policy

You can withdraw from this course, or transfer to the next start date, up to 14 days after the start date. You must request this in writing ( before 4:30 pm (EST) on the 14th day. Please indicate if you want a refund or a transfer. There is an administrative fee of $75 (+ applicable taxes) for either option.