2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
COMP5712M Programming for Data Science
15 creditsClass Size: 350
Module manager: Dr Hui Lau
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module is designed to give those with little or no programming experience a firm foundation in programming for data analysis and AI systems, recognising a diversity of backgrounds. The module will also fully stretch those with substantial prior programming experience (e.g. computer scientists) to extend their programming and system-building knowledge through self-learning supported by on-line courseware.
ObjectivesThe module introduces the fundamental skills of programming and software system development. It aims to give students the skills and experience to produce simple computer-based applications for a range of sectors. It prepares students to develop and integrate systems using Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics techniques.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
• Design, build and test computer programs in Python
• Implement applications across a selected domain (e.g. health, finance)
• Build systems that integrate with the internet and databases
• Understand how software is used for data analysis and AI
Computer programming in Python: control structures, data-types, data structures, functions and classes, importing and using libraries, implementing simple algorithms.
Use of a Python development platform.
Use of specific libraries/APIs providing data access and analysis functionality, such as: accessing information from the web or from databases, statistical analysis, ML algorithms, graphical display of data.
Students will undertake a sequence of programming exercises starting with the fundamentals of programming and building up to a system that performs significant data analysis on real data:
• Basic algorithms for representing and processing information.
• Importing, manipulating and displaying data.
• Use of basic ML algorithms (e.g. k-means, nearest neighbour and linear classification).
• Implementation of a data analysis ‘pipeline’ in which data is extracted from some source, processed, analysed and visualised. The particular data investigated in this exercise will be drawn from the sector of each student’s masters programme (e.g. finance, health, law).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||98.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe student will be expected to complete several programming exercises relating to specialist domains. They will undertake program development and submit their code for evaluation. For some exercises an additional written report may be required.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 1||20.00|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 2||20.00|
|In-course Assessment||Coursework 3||40.00|
|In-course Assessment||Online Test||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 10/10/2022
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