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CS5703: DATA SCIENCE: FROM DATA TO INSIGHT (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to identify and understand phenomena captured in structured or unstructured data, extract insights, and add value by generating predictions that aid optimization of processes and equipment. These techniques show considerable promise for bringing about a revolution, increasing the significance and value of owning and collecting data of all types. This course introduces the common techniques and considers the implications for data managers.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Marco Thiel

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Data Science, short for data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to identify and understand phenomena as captured in structured or unstructured data, extract knowledge or insights from these data, and add value to the data by generating predictions or recommendations that aid optimization of processes, workflows, and equipment usage. Spanning broad areas of information and computational science, mathematics, and statistics, these techniques are showing considerable promise for bringing about a revolution in the uses to which data can be put, solving the challenges of handling exceptionally large datasets, and increasing the significance and value of owning and collecting data of all types.

This course will introduce the subject by explaining the commonly employed techniques, demonstrating with examples the benefits they might generate for a business, and considering the implications for those managing data if the full benefits are to be achieved. Topics to be covered will include: data analytics and data mining; challenges and solutions for large datasets (“Big Data”) and real-time analysis; machine-learning, artificial intelligence, neural networks, and the importance of training data; classification, pattern-recognition and cluster analysis; probabilistic analysis and uncertainty quantification; visualisation; and data integration into models for making predictions and recommendations that aid automation and optimization.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


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Summative Assessments

Group Lab Report (50%); 5 x data analysis and prediction practical challenges performed using the Mathematica toolkit (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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