COMP SCI 7209 - Big Data Analysis and Project

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2022

In this course, you will complete a medium-scale data science project. This project will involve evaluating, selecting and applying relevant data science techniques, principles and theory to a data science problem. Working with a real-world dataset, you will further develop your data science skills and knowledge and demonstrate autonomy, initiative and accountability. You will need to reflect on the nature of your data and identify any social and ethical concerns and identify appropriate ethical frameworks for data management. As part of the course you will deliver a written and oral presentation of your project design, plan, methodologies, and outcomes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7209
    Course Big Data Analysis and Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Master of Data Science students only
    Course Description In this course, you will complete a medium-scale data science project. This project will involve evaluating, selecting and applying relevant data science techniques, principles and theory to a data science problem. Working with a real-world dataset, you will further develop your data science skills and knowledge and demonstrate autonomy, initiative and accountability. You will need to reflect on the nature of your data and identify any social and ethical concerns and identify appropriate ethical frameworks for data management. As part of the course you will deliver a written and oral presentation of your project design, plan, methodologies, and outcomes.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alfred Krzywicki

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
    1 Apply data analysis principles and theory to process and analyse real-world big data.
    2 Evaluate data analysis techniques by them applying real-world datasets using benchmark metrics.
    3 Develop algorithms based on learnt techniques for the statistical analysis of big data.
    4 Identify project goals, develop project milestones and execute them accordingly.
    5 Analyse known industry studies and simulate assessment by following industry standards.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 3

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1. No textbook required.
    2. Knowing some basic statistics, probability, linear algebra and optimisation.
    3. Ability to program in Matlab, or Python is required.  C/C++ is a plus.
    Recommended Resources


    Recommended books:

    1. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by Bishop, Christopher M.
    2. The elements of statistical learning: https://web.stanford.edu/~hastie/Papers/ESLII.pdf 
    3. Deep learning book: https://www.deeplearningbook.org/

    The first two books are for statistical learning and data analysis in general. 
    The last one is about Deep Learning/Neural Networks techniques.

    Online Learning
    Our course forum is accessible via MyUni.

    Excellent external courses available online:
    1) https://www.edx.org/course/big-data-capstone-project-adelaidex-datacapx
    2) https://www.edx.org/course/big-data-analytics-2
    3) Stanford Machine Learning Course: https://see.stanford.edu/course/cs229

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered in a semester, trimester and intensive format, although enrolment options may be limited by availability.

    This course offers opportunities for you to learn through blended learning approaches, meaning some of the learning is done autonomously online and some of the learning is done through face-to-face engagement. This blended approach is used to create a rich scaffolded and supportive learning experience.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This is a 3-unit course. In the semester or trimester format, you are expected to allocate the following study time to fully meet the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course. Please note that students work at different paces, so this indicates the approximate time required to complete this course.
    Learning Activity Hours/Week Duration Total
    Online learning activities 1 hour 12 weeks 12 hours
    Face-to-face learning activities 3 hours 12 weeks 36 hours
    Independent study 4 hours 12 weeks 48 hours
    Assessment tasks 5 hours 12 weeks 60 hours
    Expected total student workload: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    You will be required to complete the online learning activities available on MyUni prior to regular face-to-face learning sessions. Throughout these autonomous tasks, you will have time to process new concepts and build foundational knowledge around them. In the face-to-face sessions, you will get a chance to apply that learning to build new skills and address real-world problems.

    Learning activities, both online and face-to-face, are scaffolding to the learning builds throughout the course. Through this learning experience, you will be asked to draw on a range of lower-order and higher-order thinking skills.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Individual / Group Weighting Learning Outcome
    Report Individual 50% 1, 2, 5
    Develop a tool for a specific purpose based data analysis Individual 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    Full descriptions of the assessment tasks and associated grading rubrics are in the Assignments space on the MyUni course site. You will have opportunities to get further clarification on assessment tasks as needed.
    Submission
    Unless otherwise specified, submit all of your assessments to the Assignments space in the MyUni course site for this course. For written assessments, your submissions will go through Turnitin to check for originality. Make sure your submissions adhere to the University of Adelaide Academic Integrity policies.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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