FIT3164 - Data science project 2 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Bernhard Jenny

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)






This unit provides practical experience in researching, designing, developing and testing 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 testing. 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 second part of a 12-credit point project sequence; the first part and entry point for the project is FIT3163.


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

  1. evaluate and select research methods and techniques of data preparation and analysis appropriate to a particular project;
  2. search, access, and analyse research literature as part of the process of developing solutions to problems;
  3. work effectively in collaborative teams;
  4. develop and test a substantial piece of software or perform a substantial analysis of data using software;
  5. explain and reflect upon the purpose, operation, success and value of the developed project in writing and orally;
  6. write a report explaining methodology, outlining their contributions and the contributions of others, and documenting the developed project from appropriate perspectives, for instance that of a user, researcher or developer.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-hour project meeting and peer-learning session per week in a lab environment.
    • 2-hour guest lectures and peer presentations in seminars.
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study in order to complete the research and implementation of the project.

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