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Introduction to Data Science (11372.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit provides an introduction to the rapidly developing field of data science, which deals with the dramatic growth in the scale and complexity of data that can be collected and analysed. Data and its analysis and modelling underpins all aspects of work and society in the 21st century. Understanding effective and ethical ways of using vast amounts of data (big data) is a significant challenge to science and to society. Applying and developing techniques for data analysis and decision making requires interdisciplinary research in many areas, including algorithmic reasoning, statistics, technology competence, data handling, big data analysis / modelling, pattern recognition / artificial intelligence, enterprise / cloud computing, data visualisation / communication, as well as privacy and security. This unit will introduce you to the core competencies of data science, starting from the philosophy and ethics of data collection and analysis, to data handling, to statistical modelling and machine learning, to scientific data visualisation and communication. Practical exercises, individual study and group work will consolidate your learning and provide the foundations for later study.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of data science;

2. Demonstrate practical knowledge in basic data preparation;

3. Use appropriate modelling and analyse techniques for simple data science problems;

4. Demonstrate competent skills in using data science technology; and

5. Communicate results effectively.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two hours of lectures, a one hour tutorial and a one hour computer laboratory on campus per week.


Must have passed 24 credit points.



Assumed Knowledge

Working knowledge of discrete mathematics, algebra and numerical analysis.

Incompatible Units

11516 Introduction to Data Science G

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