Data Engineering Fundamentals

Course Available
2 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Understand the Role of a Practical Data Engineer and How Data Drives Projects and Decision-Making

In an ever-expanding and evolving field, Data Engineers are moving beyond traditional job roles and becoming true contributors in redefining the boundaries of data-driven projects. Students seeking Data Engineering as a supplemental skillset or a new career interest will benefit from this introductory course which covers the basic principles, tools, and techniques that define the role and practice of data engineering in the real world. Students will practice determining and deploying data engineering solutions in project settings, consider data engineering technical specializations in relation to their interests, and leverage data engineering fundamentals to expand their career path.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to (1) Data analysts, data scientists, machine learning practicians, and business analysts who want to learn and practice data engineering principles and tools; (2) Individuals with a college degree or full-time students who would be interested in exploring and learning data engineering skillsets as a new career; (3) Professionals who are interested in learning practical data engineering topics; and (4) Anyone who is interested in breaking into the high-growing field of data engineering.

Course Materials: No textbook requirement.

Technical Requirements


  • Familiarity with basic programming fundamental concepts (Python, SQL)

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
PDE-X800 – 002 05 Sep 202323 Oct 2023 2 $1375

Data Engineering Fundamentals

05 Sep 202323 Oct 2023

Practical Data Engineering Certificate – Bundle and save 10% when you enroll in all four courses (must add all 4 courses in one transaction for discount):

  • PDE-X800-Data Engineering Fundamentals
  • PDE-X801-Practical Data Extraction
  • PDE-X802-Practical Data Integration
  • PDE-X803-Practical Data Engineering Capstone

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  "BUS – PDE Bundle and Save 10%" for a discount on each course.
**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **

Online Fixed-Date

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Examine the scope and purpose of data engineering in supporting business, organizational, and project needs
  • Identify the daily duties, technology environments, and tomes of technical knowledge that define the field of data engineering
  • Translate data engineering tasks and responsibilities into recognizable competencies and obtainable skillsets
  • Simulate a solutions-driven business framework to assess data engineering platform, programming, and product decisions
  • Leverage data engineering fundamentals to align professional interests, expand job opportunities, and bridge career pathways


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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.