FIT3163 - Data science project 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Not offered in 2017


This unit provides practical experience in researching, designing, developing and evaluating a non-trivial data science project. Projects involve whole or part of the data science process (visualisation, analysis, algorithms, etc.) but can also be software-based, or they may involve investigation of theory. Projects if software-based should cover analysis through design to implementation and sting. Comprehensive written documentation on the project is required. Students are assigned in groups to a project supervisor. There are no lectures in this unit, although students will be expected to attend regular meetings with their project supervisor. The unit is the first part of a 12-credit point project sequence; the second part and exit point for the project is FIT3162.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise and execute the factors essential for successful management of systems development projects, including teamwork and interpersonal communication;
  2. evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data preparation and analysis appropriate to a particular project, and practice these ethically and professionally;
  3. search, access and analyse research literature as part of the process of developing solutions to problems;
  4. operate effectively as a member of a development team;
  5. communicate in written and oral form the proposed deliverables of a project and reflect upon their value and the likelihood of success;
  6. develop, demonstrate and explain results of analysis, a software prototype or model.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours over 12 weeks comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • One 1-hour project meeting
    • 2-hour project management seminars (for 6 weeks)
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • The remaining 120 hours is for personal study in order to complete the research and implementation of the project.

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