Surrey University Stag


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 Tom (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: I100

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 90

Tutorial Hours: 11

Laboratory Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 16

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Co-requisite: COMM055, Machine Learning and Data Mining

Module content

The module includes:

  • An introduction to machine learning, covering the basic concepts of Machine Learning and Data Science, and supervised and unsupervised learning problems.

    • Edison descriptors KU1.02.01, KU1.02.02, KU1.02.03, KU1.02.05

  • The basics of probability theory necessary for data science, covering discrete and continuous random variables and common probability distributions used.

    • Edison descriptors KU1.01.01, KU1.01.05

  • Fundamentals of hypothesis testing, and consideration of multiple testing.

    • Edison descriptors KU1.01.01, KU1.01.02, KU1.01.04

  • Statistical inference for statistical models, applying maximum likelihood approaches.

    • Edison descriptors KU1.01.01-05

  • Bayesian statistics, Bayesian inference, and example applications.

    • Edison descriptors KU1.01.01-05

  • Linear regression and validation, including the bootstrap and crossvalidation.

    • Edison descriptors KU1.01.01-05, KU1.05.04

  • Python programming and Python libraries for data science.

    • Edison skills DSDALANG02, DSVIZ01

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online 24 HOUR ONLINE EXAM 70

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 introduce students to the necessary background material in statistics and probability that underlie modern data science and machine learning, with applications to real world problems, and to provide students with practical experience in working with these tools.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the different classes of data science and machine learning problems, and be able to explain which class a problem belongs to. Edison skill SDSDA01 KCPT
002 Understand and apply probability theory as it relates to data science, including classes of random variables, independence, conditional probability and common probability distribution. Edison skill SDSDA02 KCPT
003 Choose and execute standard methods from existing Python statistical libraries to analyse data and visualise results. Edison skills DSDALANG02, SDSDA10, DSVIZ01 CPT
004 Be able to explain the difference between Bayesian and frequentist approaches, and interpret the output of a Bayesian data analysis. Edison skill SDSDA02 CPT
005 Apply linear regression and classification with appropriate validation. Edison skills SDSDA04, SDSDA08, SDSDA09 CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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:

2 hours of lectures, to convey and discuss the key concepts and principles

1 hour tutorial, to discuss the material covered in lectures

1 hour lab session, to put key concepts and principles into practice.

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 2021/2 academic year.