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Unit information: Introduction to Data Science in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Data Science
Unit code EMAT20011
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Cristianini
Open unit status Not open

EMAT10100, EMAT10704, EMAT10007, EMAT10006, EMAT20920



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce core data analysis skills and concepts. Students will acquire fundamental data science skills including importing and exporting data, data visualisation, detecting statistical patterns, and testing their statistical significance. They will be introduced to key concepts from statistics and machine learning such as classification and regression, clustering and linear manifolds, time series analysis, multi-dimensional probability distributions, feature selection and generation, and network analysis. They will be exposed to different types of data and patterns and gain experience in data analysis using suitable software tools and packages.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to

  1. Explain and use key concepts in machine learning and statistics
  2. When presented with a data set, identify and apply suitable data analysis methods.
  3. Use data visualisation methods to gain insight into data, and to explain their findings.
  4. Test the statistical significance of any patterns the identify.
  5. Use software packages/toolboxes for data analysis.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions or online computer laboratories and problem sheets.

Assessment Information

1 Summative Assessment, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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