CAS Experience: Completing a data science course using python

In this CAS experience, I did a data science course from Henry Harvin, India. In this course, I Studied data mining, descriptive and inferential statistics, machine learning, and different supervised and unsupervised techniques. This was something I was trying for the first time, I was always interested in data analysis but never knew how to exactly do it. 


Strands Covered: LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO7

LO2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills

This CAS experience was a challenge for me because this course was rigorous as I had to spend 3 hours per day behind for a month because we had 3 hour classes every alternate day and had to do many projects on the way to complete it successfully. Time management was really the key here because it was also my final year of high school.

LO3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

Usually, I am not an organized person, but for this project it was really important to manage time. I needed to finish every assignment given as it was connected to the next topic which was going to be taught. Therefore, I needed to have a good organised time table and give up some of my physical activity time to manage this. 

LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences

For me personally, it is really hard to commit to things and be persistent. I keep jumping from task to task however this CAS experience was different for me. As I mentioned earlier, I really love coding so when it comes to something I like doing, I don’t usually stop doing it and it was the same case here. I was too into coding, I lost track of time most of the time and would sleep around 3 in the night. I was able to persevere and be committed to this task. 

LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

In this course I had many classmates and some of the projects needed to be done as a group. So there were many instances where I worked with others during the project. Also during classes, I helped my classmates understand and solved doubts on our chat group

LO7: Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

For this course, there was an easy way out which I did not take because of my ethics. There were many instances where I could copy my classmates’ assignments and not do the work myself. This was an easy way and I could have gotten the certificate anyhow but I did not and worked upon them myself to have better understanding.  

This CAS experience was a really great experience for me. I was able to brush up on my old coding skills and also learn a lot of things in python. This CAS experience is extensively related to one of my subjects, which is Math Application and Interpretation. Unit 4 in this subject which is statistics is closely related and I found it really easy because of this course. I believe that this was a success as I was able to learn a lot of things and cannot wait to apply it in real life. I am glad that I took up this experience and was enlightened about a lot of things.

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