You will take five compulsory courses, including a Dissertation/Capstone Project. You will also select optional courses to the value of one full unit from a list of options.
The capstone project/dissertation will provide you with the opportunity to study in depth a topic of specific interest. The topic may be identified from a list supplied by the Department or may be proposed by you. The topic will normally relate to a specific data source or sources and will require the use of data science skills learnt on the programme. The topic for a capstone project will be similar to that for the kinds of data-based issues faced in practice by private or public sector organisations. The focus is likely to be practical and there may be the opportunity to liaise with such an organisation during the project to ensure the project has practical relevance. A dissertation will be more academic; it will refer to a research literature and address a research question, building on that literature and using the data source(s).
(* denotes a half unit)
Introduces students to the fundamentals of computer programming as students design, write, and debug computer programs using the programming language Python. The course will also cover the foundations of computer languages, algorithms, functions, variables, object-orientation, scoping, and assignment.
Managing and Visualising Data*
Focuses on data structures and databases, covering methods for storing and structuring data, relational and non-relational databases and query languages. The second part focuses on visualising data, including best practices for visualising univariate, bivariate, graph and other types of data as well as visualising various statistics for predictive analytics and other tasks.
Data Analysis and Statistical Methods*^
This course will provide an introduction to methods of statistics and data analysis. The statistical software R will constitute an integral part of the course, providing hands-on experience of data analysis.
Machine Learning and Data Mining*
Begins with the classical statistical methodology of linear regression and then build on this framework to provide an introduction to machine learning and data mining methods from a statistical perspective.
An in-depth study on an approved topic of your choice.
Optional courses to the value of one full unit from an approved list
^ students who can demonstrate equivalent prior knowledge of this course, via transcripts of prior qualifications, may skip this course and take a further half unit of options from the options list
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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