Module code: COMM054

Module Overview

The module provides for coverage of a variety of statistical methods, including descriptive statistics and validating formulated hypotheses, as well as predictive analytics. The computational foundations and methods of importance to data science are also covered, along with consideration for relevant supporting software and tools, and the need for data science governance.

Module provider

Computer Science

Module Leader

THORNE Thomas (Computer Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: I100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Co-requisite: COMM055, Machine Learning and Data Mining

Module content

Indicative content includes: Mathematical & Statistical foundations and methods EDISON descriptors: KU1.01.01-KU1.01.05, KU1.01.08, KU1.01.09, KU1.01.12, KU1.01.13

• Logic, Probability & Statistics

• Logical and Probabilistic representations and reasonings (causal networks, Bayesian analysis, Markov nets

• Statistical methods (regression, time series, dimensionality, clusters, frequentist and Bayesian statistics

• Stochastic methods (Markov models, Markov networks, Gausian models

• Hybrid methods (Markov logic networks, Stochastic logic, Probabilistic logic)

• Statistical tests & performance analysis Computational foundations and methods EDISON descriptors: KU1.01.11, KU1.01.12, KU1.03.07, KU1.04.01, KU1.04.07, KU1.05.03

• Information theory (entropy, compression, etc.)

• Data curation, data modeling and data management

• Machine learning (qualitative, descriptive and predictive analytics

• Scaling-up issues (Big data and streams)

• Graph analytics

• Unstructured data, text-mining and sentiments analysis Software and tools EDISON descriptors: KU1.01.14

• A Data Science Ecosystem

• Programming Languages & Libraries (e.g. R, Python)

• Visual & interactive front-ends (e.g. SPSS Modeller)

• Matematical software Governance of Data Science

• Human factors and human-centred Data Science

• Safety and security

• Privacy and Ethics Domain knowledge and applications, for example for Business Data Science, Medical & healthcare data science, Scientific Data Science & Knowledge Discovery

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test CLASS TEST (1.5 HOURS) 20
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 80

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to critically appreciate and apply statistical methods and (predictive) analytics. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• A class test, mid-term, addressing LOs 1-4 in respect to module content covered up to a week prior to the test.

• An examination, evaluating all LOs with respect to both principles and practices of Data Science Principles and Practices Formative assessment Students will be guided to work on weekly tasks through lab exercises, the solutions to which will provide for feedback on understanding and practice, which will feed forward into the class test and the exam.

Module aims

  • This module aims to:
    elaborate, demonstrate, and apply (statistical) principles and approaches to data, and establish methods and tools that provide for fundamental, and appropriately governed, treatment of such data.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply designated quantitative techniques, such as statistics, time series analysis, optimization, and simulation to deploy appropriate models for analysis and prediction (DSDA02 [refined]) CKPT
002 Understand and use different performance and accuracy metrics for model validation in analytics projects and hypothesis testing (DSDA04 [refined]) . CKPT
003 Choose and execute standard methods from existing statistical libraries to provide overview (LODA.02 L1) CPT
004 Select most appropriate statistical techniques and model available data to deliver insights (LODA.02 L2) CPT
005 Compare and choose performance and accuracy metrics (LODA.04 L2) CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 33

Laboratory Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience covering the module aims and learning outcomes.

The learning and teaching methods include: 11 teaching weeks with each week comprising:
3 hour lectures, to convey and discuss the key concepts and principles
1 hour lab sessions, to put key concepts and principles into practice.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Data Science MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.