Teaching

Teaching Interests
My teaching interests and experience lie in the areas of data science and business analytics. I like to make my courses hands-on by incorporating programming tools like Python and online resources like Codeacademy. I am also proficient in econometric concepts and open source software development perspectives (technical, social, and economic perspectives). I enjoy learning new subjects/trends and developing practice oriented courses around them.
Courses and Evaluations
Data Science and Analytics using Python
  • PhD elective course, HEC Paris, May 2018
  • Designed and taught the course spanning a total of 10 hrs that was attended by 16 PhD students
  • Major subjects covered: data types and structures, wed data collection using APIs and by scraping, sentiment analysis and machine learning
  • This course has also been scheduled for the academic year 2018-19
  • Evaluation – 4.91/5.00
"Poonacha did a great job dedicating time to our questions and he also didn't overdo the course - I mean, there was nothing that I would say was extra Python knowledge. Would definitely take the course further"
"Excellent course and instructor"
"I wish we had more hours since there is a lot to be learned in Python"
"Super useful content, very clear explanations, best prof ever"
"very good starting point and course very well delivered"
Python Sessions, Part of Digital Management Course, 2017-18
  • Elective course conducted for Masters programs, HEC Paris
  • Taught 2 classes (~50 students each) in the academic year 2017-18
  • For each class, I undertook sessions that spanned a total of 5hrs
  • Major subjects covered: introduction to open source and programming languages, programming using python
  • Average evaluation – 4.00/5.00
"The professor is very friendly and clever"
"Good to have mix of theoretical and practical approach (both background on computer languages and 
 practice with Python"
"Interesting insights into Python. Practical approach. Very passionate lectures about Python"
"The python session was well organised. The learning curve was smooth, which was appreciable"
"Hyper important! Prof pédagogue"
"Very intensive and interaction into creation of our own code is great!"
"Python was really fun and useful. I really enjoyed"
Python Sessions, Part of Digital Management Course, 2016-17
  • Core course conducted for Masters programs, HEC Paris
  • Taught 4 classes (~50 students each) in the academic year 2016-17
  • For each class, I undertook sessions that spanned a total of 5hrs
  • Major subjects covered: introduction to open source and programming languages, programming using python
  • Average evaluation – 3.45/5.00
"M. MEDAPPA était très disponible pour nous aider en cas de besoin lors de la séance sur Python"
"Professeur explications étaient très claires et il s'est montré largement disponible"
"hands on codeacademy MOOC is great I liked the "sentiment" practice exercice: the idea that machines can learn to analyse emotions is very intriguing and funny"
"Très bon prof, solide en python"
"Poonacha was very enthusiastic about coding, and it made listening to his introduction interesting"
"Monsieur Medappa est très à l'écoute, patient, et bon pédagogue"
"Teacher is excited about his part of the course, good insight on how Python is used in reality"