DATA 7202OL - Applied Data Science
Online - Online Teaching 6 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code DATA 7202OL Course Applied Data Science Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Online Teaching 6 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description An introduction to the role and application of data science in modern organisations and society. Case studies will be used to demonstrate current best practice as well as common pitfalls. Processes for data collection, analysis, verification and validation. The use of data for modelling, prediction and decision support. An overview of widely used tools for data analysis and modelling.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Nickolas FalknerAssociate Professor Nickolas Falkner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course/subject, students will be able to:
- Recommend methodologies for the use of data science in business/ in modern organisations and societies
- Evaluate data science use to describe best practice in modern organisations and societies
- Analyse issues associated with the use of data for solving complex problems
- Evaluate the tools used in the data science community for reporting on data analysis.
- Critique data science solutions against recommended methodologies and best practice, identifying areas for improvement.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,3,4,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,4,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,3,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources beyond meeting course pre-requisites.
Recommended ResourcesStudents are encouraged to have access to the programming environment that they used for the earlier courses, for Python. Beyond that, there are no recommended texts or software.
Online LearningAll material is available online from the University's MyUni Learning Management System. The material is available for two weeks prior to the course, in readonly mode, and all weeks are published to allow students to plan.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesAll course material and interactions take place in the on-line mode. While most of the course may be carried out asynchronously, scheduled tutorial activities are held at defined times.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are expected to carry out readings, assignment work, discussions, and material viewing. The majority of material will take approximately 15 hours a week, with an additional 50 hours spread over three assignments. The total commitment is 140 hours.
Learning Activities SummaryAll learning activities are online. Each week contains recorded material, web pages, designated readings, discussion boards, and tutorial activities. The topics covered in each week are:
Week one: Introduction to Data Sources
- Describe data sources used in current data science practice
- Detect practice appropriate data sources
- Describe the impact of using different data types
- Produce a plan of the resource requirements for a Data plan
Week two: Noisy Data and Reliability
- Identify data noise in a data context
- Describe the impact of data noise on analysis and decision making
- Select and apply tools and techniques to reduce the impact of noise or unreliability
- Produce a data cleaning plan that has clear outcomes for reliability
Week three: Analysis and Verification
- Consider analysis techniques used to analyse prepared data sets
- Differentiate the benefits and costs of different analysis techniques used to analyse data.
- Verify analysis standards in current data science practice.
- Produce a data analysis and verification plan for a prepared data set
Week four: Visualising Data
- Produce a visualise from analysed data using tools
- Critique the benefits of different visualisation techniques in current practice.
- Consider the narrative visualisation journey that occurs with/to data
- Produce a visualisation plan for the analysed data
- Week Five
Week Five: Validation
Week Five: Validating Your Results
- Determine the validation of results used for different data sets in the data science context
- Determine end-user requirements for data related results
- Construct a survey instrument to gather end-user feedback
- Produce a validation instrument to identify when end-users have validated the results
Week Six: Prresentation
- Presenting Your Results for Decision Making
- Establish a full plan from data gathering to validation from an unseen data set
- Determine the role of iterative improvement in data science
- Produce an update plan for an existing data plan
Specific Course RequirementsThere are no specific course requirements.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThere is no Small Group Discovery Experience in this course.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThere are three assessment items, two reports and a peer review activity. These are spaced throughout the course.
Assessment Related RequirementsThere are no additional requirements beyond the assignment specification.
Assessment 1: Report Part A- (1500 words)
End of Week 3,
Assessment 2: Discussion Board peer review
End of Weeks 2,3,4,5
5% each –total of 20%
Assessment 3: Report Part B- (1500 words)
End of Week 6,
SubmissionAll assignment work is submitted through the MyUni Learning Management System.
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
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