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Unit information: Applied Data Science (Teaching Unit) in 2021/22

Unit name Applied Data Science (Teaching Unit)
Unit code COMS30050
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ajmeri
Open unit status Not open

COMS10016 Imperative and Functional Programming and COMS10017 Object Oriented Programming and Algorithms I or equivalent

COMS10014 Mathematics for Computer Science A and COMS10013 Mathematics for Computer Science B or equivalent

COMS20011 Data-Driven Computer Science or equivalent

COMS30035 Machine Learning or equivalent

Good knowledge of machine learning.

Programming: Python or another major programming language (Java, C)

Maths: basic linear algebra, basic statistics, some calculus, some discrete maths.


EITHER Undergraduate students in Year 3 must choose Assessment Unit COMS30051

OR M-level students must choose the Masters Level Assessment Unit COMSM0055

OR Interactive Artificial Intelligence CDT PhD students should choose Assessment Unit COMSM0056.

Please note, COMS30050 is the Teaching Unit for Applied Data Science. Undergraduate students can take this unit in either their third or fourth year, and must also choose the Assessment Unit for their year group. Interactive Artificial Intelligence CDT PhD students must chose the CDT Assessment Unit.

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces key data science concepts and their application to support data-driven approaches to problem solving.

The aim of this unit is to allow students to acquire fundamental skills covering the full data science pipeline, including the pre-processing, manipulation, integration, storage, exploration, visualisation and privacy.

Students will study techniques to transform raw data into advanced representations that will enable a deeper understanding of the original data:

  • Data ingress and pre-processing
  • Data storage and data management
  • Data transformation and integration
  • Data exploration and visualisation
  • Data sharing, privacy and anonymisation

The students will also gain practical skills in handling structured and unstructured data, gaining hands-on experience of software tools widely used in real-world settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will:

  • Acquire a working knowledge of practical data science, applied to real world problems.
  • Be able to start from raw data and deliver a representation allows a better understanding of the topics in the data.
  • Have experience of using software tools for data pre-processing and management.
  • Acquire first hand experience in specific techniques for data storage.
  • Understand the differences between different visualisation strategies to efficiently explore the data.
  • Have learnt how to present and interpret data to/for a non-technical audience.
  • Be able to share data under privacy constraints.
  • Have practised teamwork and time management.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, group work and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

100% coursework, completed in groups

M-level students are expected to go deeper in their analysis and reflect on the process and the steps followed.

CDT student coursework is also 100% coursework, completed in groups.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.