IIT Madras Offers Free Online Course on Python for Data Science

The course aims at equipping participants to be able to use python programming for solving data science problems.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : Final Year Undergraduates
PRE-REQUISITES : Knowledge of basic data science algorithms
Course Status :Upcoming
Course Type :Elective
Duration :4 weeks
Start Date :26 Jul 2021
End Date :20 Aug 2021
Exam Date :26 Sep 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends :02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
Credit Points :1
Level :Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: 

• Introduction Spyder
• Setting working Directory
• Creating and saving a script file
• File execution, clearing console, removing variables from environment, clearing environment
• Commenting script files
• Variable creation
• Arithmetic and logical operators
• Data types and associated operations

Week 2:

Sequence data types and associated operations
•        Strings
•        Lists
•        Arrays
•        Tuples
•        Dictionary
•        Sets
•        RangeNumPy
•        ndArray
Week 3: 
•Pandas dataframe and dataframe related operations on Toyota Corolla dataset
  1. Reading files
  2. Exploratory data analysis
  3. Data preparation and preprocessing
•Data visualization on Toyoto Corolla dataset using matplotlib and seaborn libraries
  1. Scatter plot
  2. Line plot
  3. Bar plot
  4. Histogram
  5. Box plot
  6. Pair plot
•Control structures using Toyota Corolla dataset
  1. if-else family
  2. for loop
  3. for loop with if break
  4. while loop



  1. Predicting price of pre-owned cars
  1. Classifying personal income

Books and references

1. Introduction to linear algebra – by Gilbert Strang 2. Applied statistics and probability for engineers – by Douglas Montgomery 3. Mastering python for data science, Samir Madhavan

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: 26 September 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 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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