Fundamentals of Big Data


Learn foundational concepts about the big data landscape.


This course (formerly titled Introduction to Big Data) was created for individuals who are new to the big data landscape and want to become conversant with big data terminology. It will cover foundational concepts related to the big data landscape including characteristics of big data, the relationship between big data, artificial intelligence, and data science, how individuals on data science teams work with big data, and how organizations can use big data to enable better business decisions. Note: This course will not cover Databricks concepts or functionality. This is an introductory-level course focused on big data concepts.

Learning objectives

  • Explain foundational concepts used to define big data.

  • Explain how the characteristics of big data have changed traditional organizational workflows for working with data.

  • Summarize how individuals on data science teams work with big data on a daily basis to drive business outcomes.

  • Articulate examples of real-world use-cases for big data in businesses across a variety of industries.


  • Experience using a web browser.

Learning path

  • This course is part of all Databricks Academy learning paths.

Proof of completion

  • Upon 80% completion of this course, you will receive a proof of completion.