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Unit information: Data Science Project in 2021/22

Unit name Data Science Project
Unit code EMATM0047
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Forsyth
Open unit status Not open

Software Development: Programming and Algorithms (TB1)

Large-Scale Data Engineering (TB1)

Technology, Innovation, Business, and Society (TB1)

Data Science Mini Project (TB2)

EMATM0044 (TB2)

Visual Analytics (TB2)

Text Analytics (TB2)



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit requires each student to complete a substantial project, conducted on a research or implementation topic of their choosing from a selection proposed by project supervisors. This unit will provide students with first-hand experience in planning, running, documenting, and presenting a substantial piece of original work in the field of Data Science. The aim of this unit is to give students a substantial opportunity to integrate material from all taught units that they have studied as part of the programme, to demonstrate the breadth and depth of their learning on the MSc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to

1. Work independently on a data-science related project for which they have clearly defined the objectives and rationale.

2. Identify methodologically appropriate and ethical approaches towards addressing project aims and objectives.

3. Analyse the requirements for a data science application to address a problem and apply domain knowledge to create a suitable solution.

4. Critically evaluate and effectively communicate their findings in terms of their motivation,

methodology, results and in relation to existing work (both in written, visual, and oral forms).

Teaching Information

The supervision of every MSc project is carried out by a qualified member of academic staff, sometimes

with the assistance of a postdoctoral research associate, doctoral student, or external industrial

advisor/supervisor. All students are expected to meet regularly (at least fortnightly) with their supervisor

(and any co-supervisors) throughout the duration of this unit.

Assessment Information

Project plan and initial literature review (10%) (ILO 1, 2)

Dissertation (70%) (ILO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Oral presentation/demonstration (20%) (ILO 4)


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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.