STATS 7022 - Data Science PG

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of modern data science. It will provide students with tools to deal with real, messy data, an understanding of the appropriate methods to use, and the ability to use these tools safely. Topics will include data structures; regression models including lasso regression, ridge regression and non-linearity with splines; classification models including logistic regression, linear discriminant analysis, support vector machines and random forests; and unsupervised learning methods such as principal component analysis, k-means and hierarchical clustering. The practical skills will be focused on data science in R.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code STATS 7022
    Course Data Science PG
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge STATS 2107 or (MATHS 2201 and MATHS 2202) or (MATHS 2106 and 2107). Experience with the statistical package R such as would be obtained from STATS 1005 or STATS 2107.
    Assessment Ongoing assessment and examination.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jono Tuke

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    The topics covered will include:

    Overview of modelling framework
    Model theory
    Penalised regression
    Classification modelling
    LDA / SVM
    Random forests
    Feature selection
    Unsupervised learning
    Learning outcomes:

    On successful completion of this course, students will:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of machine learning
    2. Recognise which method to use for a given data analysis problem.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding the statistical underpinning of the chosen method.
    4. Implement safely any chosen method and interpret the results.
    5. Be confident to apply the methods to large datasets.
    6. Apply the theory in the course to solve a range of problems at an appropriate level of difficulty.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The structure consists of

    - Weekly topic videos watched in own time.
    - One interpretation workshop a week held in the lecture time.
    - One implementation workshop a week held in practical time.

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

    Activity Quantity Workload hours
    Topic videos 12 24
    Interpretation workshop 12 24
    Implementation workshop 12 24
    Assignments 3 33
    Online test 3 33
    Online quizzes 12 18
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

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    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 Percent of final mark
    Online quizzes 5
    Written assignments (3) 15
    Test (3) 30
    Written exam 30
    Practical exam 20
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Distributed Due Weighting
    A1 Week 2 Friday Week 4 5%
    A2 Week 6 Friday Week 8 5%
    A3 Week 10 Friday Week 12 5%
    Test 1 Week 2 10%
    Test 2 Week 6 10%
    Test 3 Week 10 10%
    Online quizzes Weekly Weekly 5%
    Practical exam TBD (week 12 or exam period) 20%
    Final exam Examination period 30%

    No information currently available.

    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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