This course provides practical foundation level training that enables immediate and effective participation in big data and other analytics projects. It includes an introduction to big data and the Data Analytics Lifecycle to address business challenges that leverage big data. Labs offer opportunities for students to understand how these methods and tools may be applied to real-world business challenges as a practicing data scientist. The course takes an “Open”, or technology-neutral approach, and includes a final lab in which students address a big data analytics challenge by applying the concepts taught in the course in the context of the Data Analytics Lifecycle. The course prepares the student for the Proven™ Professional Data Scientist Associate (EMCDSA) certification exam.