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MA5800 - Foundations for Data Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will provide students with an overview of data science as a discipline as well as an introduction to a number of topics that play fundamental roles across various subjects in this area. Students will learn different forms of representing and pre-processing data for further analysis and visualisation. They will also learn principles of algorithm analysis that will allow them to assess and compare the scalability of different algorithms to be studied across other subjects in the realm of data science. Core elements of this subject include: An Introduction to Data Science and Big Data; Data Types and Representation; Essentials on Data Visualisation of Tabular Data; Data Pre-Processing; Data Wrangling and Tidying; Algorithm Analysis; Case Studies; Software Practice (R).

Learning Outcomes

  • explain what data science is about and the areas that play major roles within the realm of data science;
  • explain and exemplify the most common forms of data types and representations;
  • identify and describe at a conceptual level a core collection of simple yet powerful techniques for data visualisation in the realm of data science;
  • conceptually describe and apply a core collection of elementary techniques for data pre-processing;
  • interpret and explain, at a conceptual level, results of algorithm analyses;
  • apply common data representation and data pre-processing techniques, such as wrangling and tidying, using the software package and language R.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (45%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (40%) - Individual.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 83, Internal
Census Date 18-May-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Brisbane, Trimester 1, Internal
Census Date 09-Mar-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours tutorials - 12 x 2 hour tutorials, face to face.
  • 24 hours was Other - 12 x 2 hour sessions: In-person consultations and discussion board participation.
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Brisbane, Trimester 2, Internal
Census Date 22-Jun-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours tutorials - 12 x 2 hour tutorials, face to face.
  • 24 hours was Other - 12 x 2 hour sessions: In-person consultations and discussion board participation.
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Brisbane, Trimester 3, Internal
Census Date 05-Oct-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours tutorials - 12 x 2 hour tutorials, face to face.
  • 24 hours was Other - 12 x 2 hour sessions: In-person consultations and discussion board participation.
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Wayne Read.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours tutorials - 12 x 2 hour tutorials, face to face.
  • 24 hours was Other - 12 x 2 hour sessions: In-person consultations and discussion board participation.
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Online, Study Period 83, External
Census Date 18-May-2023
Coordinator: Dr Sourav Das
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours was Other - Online resources including readings, screencasts, embedded quizzing
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

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