COMP 7006 Data Science

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301044

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Description The explosion of data in the internet age opens up new possibilities for agencies and business to better serve and market to its customers. To take full advantage of these opportunities requires the ability to consolidate, manage and extract information from very large diverse data sets. In science, data sets are growing rapidly, with projects routinely generating terabytes of data. In this unit we examine the software tools and analytic methods that underpin a successful Data Science Project and gain experience in big data analytics.

School Computer, Data & Math Sciences

Discipline Statistics

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Assumed Knowledge

Basic Statistics, Computer Programming.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the issues (computational and social) in data science
  2. Show when and how to apply the MapReduce paradigm to solve data analytics problems
  3. Select and apply appropriate Machine learning and statistical algorithms to extract information from data
  4. Evaluate and interpret the utility of information found using Data Science

Subject Content

1. Introduction to Data Science
2. The Map-Reduce paradigm for Big Data
3. Unsupervised Learning; Clustering, Dimension Reduction
4. Supervised Learning; Regression and Classification
5. Unstructured data
6. Visualisation and Visual Analytics


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quizzes 5 quizzes of 20 minutes each 20 N Individual
Computer Based Assignment - Data Analysis Task At least 5 pages of Text 50 N Individual
Project Presentation 15 Mins 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods


Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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Parramatta City - Macquarie St


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