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Project Manager

Course overview

This course teaches you how to use Git, one of the most popular version control systems. You will learn how Git is helpful in the context of data analysis and data science. We’ll cover the fundamentals, including how to clone a project to your local machine, how to iterate on the project by creating branches, and how to push your work to Git remotes like GitHub. You’ll learn how Git automatically creates “merge conflicts” to prevent catastrophic mistakes.

By the end of this course, you’ll know how to install Git on your local machine. An active GitHub account is crucial for making your data analysis and data science projects available to potential employers.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser.

Key skills

  • Organizing your code using version control
  • Collaborating with others using Git and Github
  • Resolving conflicts in version control

Course outline

Introduction to Git and Version Control [5 lessons]

Introduction to Git 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify the benefits of version control
  • Commit changes in Git
  • Explore Git commit history

Git Remotes 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify the benefits of remote Git repositories
  • Make changes to local and remote Git repositories

Git Branches 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Organize code using Git branches
  • Merge and delete Git branches
  • Explore different branch histories

Merge Conflicts 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Reveal why merge conflicts occur
  • Resolve merge conflicts

Project: Git Installation and GitHub Integration 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Configure Git on your computer
  • Authenticate with a Github account

Projects in this course

Project: Git Installation and GitHub Integration

Learn how to install Git and authenticate with GitHub.

The Dataquest guarantee


Dataquest has helped thousands of people start new careers in data. If you put in the work and follow our path, you’ll master data skills and grow your career.


We believe so strongly in our paths that we offer a full satisfaction guarantee. If you complete a career path on Dataquest and aren’t satisfied with your outcome, we’ll give you a refund.

Master skills faster with Dataquest

Go from zero to job-ready

Go from zero to job-ready

Learn exactly what you need to achieve your goal. Don’t waste time on unrelated lessons.

Build your project portfolio

Build your project portfolio

Build confidence with our in-depth projects, and show off your data skills.

Challenge yourself with exercises

Challenge yourself with exercises

Work with real data from day one with interactive lessons and hands-on exercises.

Showcase your path certification

Showcase your path certification

Impress employers by completing a capstone project and certifying it with an expert review.

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Aaron Melton

Business Analyst at Aditi Consulting

“Dataquest starts at the most basic level, so a beginner can understand the concepts. I tried learning to code before, using Codecademy and Coursera. I struggled because I had no background in coding, and I was spending a lot of time Googling. Dataquest helped me actually learn.”


Jessica Ko

Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

“I liked the interactive environment on Dataquest. The material was clear and well organized. I spent more time practicing then watching videos and it made me want to keep learning.”


Victoria E. Guzik

Associate Data Scientist at Callisto Media

“I really love learning on Dataquest. I looked into a couple of other options and I found that they were much too handhold-y and fill in the blank relative to Dataquest’s method. The projects on Dataquest were key to getting my job. I doubled my income!”

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