EMC - Firebrand's training for EMC's Data Science Associate (EMCDSA)



Just 5 Days



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27/3/2023 (Monday)


On this Firebrand course, you'll get the knowledge and skills you need to participate in your businesses big data and analytics projects.

In just five days, you'll get practical foundation-level training, including an introduction to big data analytics technology and tools. Firebrand's unique Lab | Lecture | Review approach means you'll get hands on experience of how these methods are applied to real world business challenges by a practicing data scientist.

The course takes an "Open", technology-neutral approach. This includes a final lab which addresses a big data analytics challenge by applying the concepts taught in the course in the context of the Data Analytics Lifecycle.

Firebrand's training for EMC's Data Science Associate certification will teach you how to use advanced analytic methods and big data analytics tools like MapReduce and Hadoop. After completing this course, you'll have the skills to:

  • Become an immediate contributor on a data science team
  • Assist re-framing a business challenge as an analytics challenge
  • Deploy a structured lifecycle approach to data analytics problems
  • Apply appropriate analytic techniques and tools to analyse big data
  • Tell a compelling story with the data to drive business action
  • Use open source tools such as R, Hadoop, and Postgres
  • Prepare for EMC Proven™ Professional Data Scientist certification

You will also have knowledge of the following areas:

  • Deploying the Data Analytics Lifecycle to address big data analytics projects
  • Reframing a business challenge as an analytics challenge
  • Applying appropriate analytic techniques and tools to analyse big data, create statistical models, and identify insights that can lead to actionable results
  • Selecting appropriate data visualisations to clearly communicate analytic insights to business sponsors and analytic audiences
  • Use tools such as: R and RStudio, MapReduce/Hadoop, in-database analytics, Window and MADlib functions

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to build an understanding of Data Science, including managers of business intelligence teams, data and database professionals and current business/data analysts.

Firebrand's course will prepare you for for the Proven™ Professional Data Scientist Associate (EMCDSA) Certification Exam - which you'll take during the course. This is covered by your Certification Guarantee.

Four reasons why you should sit your Data Science Associate course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be Data Science Associate trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 5-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your Data Science Associate course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass Data Science Associate first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study Data Science Associate with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 134.561 students saving more than one million hours since 2001


  • Introduction and the Course Agenda
  • Introduction to Big Data Analytics
    • Big Data Overview
    • State of the Practice in Analytics
    • The Data Scientist
    • Big Data Analytics in industry verticals
  • The Data Analytics Lifecycle
    • Discovery
    • Data Preparation
    • Model Planning
    • Model Building
    • Communicating results
    • Operationalising
  • Review of Basic Data Analytic methods Using R
    • Introduction to R
    • Analysing and Exploring the Data
    • Statistics for Model Building and Evaluation
  • Advanced Analytics - Theory and Methods
    • K-Means Clustering
    • Association Rules
    • Linear Regression
    • Logistic Regression
    • Naïve Bayesian Classifier
    • Decision Trees
    • Time Series Analysis
    • Text Analysis
    • Advanced Analytics - Technologies and Tools
    • Analytics for Unstructured Data: MapReduce and Hadoop
    • The Hadoop Ecosystem
    • In-database Analytics - SQL Essentials
    • Advanced SQL and MADlib for In-database Analytics
  • The Endgame, or Putting it All Together
    • Operationalizing an Analytics Project
    • Creating the Final Deliverables
    • Data Visualization Techniques
    • Final Lab Exercise on Big Data Analytics

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • DEA-7TT2 Associate - Data Science and Big Data Analytics v2 Exam

Exam details:

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • 60 questions
  • Passing score: 60%

This exam is a qualifying exam for the Data Science Associate (EMCDSA) certification.

What's Included

  • Student Material Folder
  • Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Discovering, Analyzing, Visualizing and Presenting Data, EMC Education Services, ISBN: 978-1118876138

Please note: Firebrand's EMCDSA course does not follow an accelerated schedule. Training days are from 9 to 6. However, delegates have access to our labs for self study after the teaching hours. Our instructor will be there to assist with any questions and reviews.

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


You should possess:

  • A strong quantitative background with a solid understanding of statistics
  • Experience with a scripting language, like Java, Perl, Python or R
  • Experience with SQL

Are you ready to get certified in record time?

We interview all applicants for the course on their technical background, degrees and certifications held, and general suitability. If you get through this screening process, it means you stand a great chance of passing.

Firebrand Training is an immersive training environment. You must be committed to the course. The above prerequisites are guidelines, but many students with less experience have other background or traits that have enabled their success in accelerated training through Firebrand Training.

If you have any doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites please call 78 79 16 53 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants, who can help you with a training plan.


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