MA20277: Introduction to data science
[Page last updated: 23 October 2023]
Academic Year:  2023/24 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Intermediate (FHEQ level 5) 
Period: 
 Semester 1

Assessment Summary:  CW 100% 
Assessment Detail: 
 Coursework 1 (CW 50%)
 Coursework 2 (CW 50%)

Supplementary Assessment: 
 Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)

Requisites: 
You must have programming ability in R to take this module.

Learning Outcomes: 
After taking this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of data science techniques.
* Use computational tools for data visualization and wrangling.
* Show awareness of the applications of these methods.
* Understand the mathematical models underlying spatial data and text data.
* ability to apply these methods on large scale complex data analysis.

Aims:  To teach Data Science, including data visualization, data wrangling and tools for spatial and text data analysis.

Skills:  Problem Solving (T,F&A), Computing (T,F&A), independent study and report writing.

Content:  Data Visualization,
Data wrangling and applications to modern large data sets,
Statistical learning on text data,
Spatial data analysis.

Course availability: 
MA20277 is Compulsory on the following courses:
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science (Year 2)
 USMAAAB20 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science with Study year abroad (Year 2)
 USMAAKB20 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
MA20277 is Optional on the following courses:
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 2)
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

Notes:  This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2023/24 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2024/25 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2023/24.
 Courses and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
 Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any prerequisite rules.
 Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.
