Data Science for Engineers

By Prof. Ragunathan Rengasamy, Prof. Shankar Narasimhan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 19724
Learning Objectives :
  1. Introduce R as a programming language 
  2. Introduce the mathematical foundations required for data science 
  3. Introduce the first level data science algorithms 
  4. Introduce a data analytics problem solving framework
  5. Introduce a practical capstone case study
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe a flow process for data science problems (Remembering) 
  2. Classify data science problems into standard typology (Comprehension)
  3. Develop R codes for data science solutions (Application) 
  4. Correlate results to the solution approach followed (Analysis)
  5. Assess the solution approach (Evaluation) 
  6. Construct use cases to validate approach and identify modifications required (Creating) 

Any interested learner
PREREQUISITES:  10 hrs of pre-course material will be provided, learners need to practise this to be ready to take the course. 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Programming
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 12 Mar 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 21 Mar 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Course philosophy and introduction to R  
Week 2:  Linear algebra for data science 
1. Algebraic view - vectors, matrices, product of matrix & vector, rank, null space, solution of over-determined
set of equations and pseudo-inverse) 
2. Geometric view - vectors, distance, projections, eigenvalue decomposition
Week 3:  Statistics (descriptive statistics, notion of probability, distributions, mean, variance, covariance, covariance
matrix, understanding univariate and multivariate normal distributions, introduction to hypothesis testing, confidence
interval for estimates)  
Week 4:  Optimization
Week 5:  1. Optimization
2. Typology of data science problems and a solution framework
Week 6:  1. Simple linear regression and verifying assumptions used in linear regression 
2. Multivariate linear regression, model assessment, assessing importance of different variables, subset selection
Week 7:  Classification using logistic regression
Week 8:  Classification using kNN and k-means clustering

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Ragunathan Rengasamy

IIT Madras
Prior to joining IIT Madras as a professor, Prof.Rengaswamy was a professor of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director of the Process Control and Optimization Consortium at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA. He was also a professor and associate professor at Clarkson University, USA and an assistant professor at IIT Bombay. His major research interests are in the areas of fault detection and diagnosis and development of data science algorithms for manufacturing industries.

Prof. Shankar Narasimhan

Prof.Shankar Narasimhan is currently a professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras. His major research interests are in the areas of data mining, process design and optimization, fault detection and diagnosis and fault tolerant control. He has co-authored several important papers and a book titled Data Reconciliation and Gross Error Detection: An Intelligent Use of Process Data which has received critical appreciation in India and abroad.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 March 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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