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Full info last published 10/12-19
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BSc in Data Science
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Assistant Professor
Part-time Lecturer
Assistant Professor
Course semester
Forår 2020
27 January 2020
31 August 2020
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intern censur
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This course combines knowledge from the three first-semester data science undergraduate courses (1) Introduction to Data Science and Programming, (2) Applied Statistics, (3) Data science in Research, Business and Society with knowledge that will be acquired during the second semester from the two concurrent courses. 

The course will give students the opportunity to work as a team and combine their existing knowledge with the topics covered in class, in constructing and reflecting on solutions for problems over real-world data.  There is extensive cooperation with industry.

The course consists of a series of full-fledged Data Science mini-projects from start to finish, including the initial memo, technical translation of the problem, some methodology decisions, implementation, evaluation, and translation of the results back into non-technical language.  For each mini-project, there is one week of support lectures to supplement competencies required for completing the mini-project. 

Formal prerequisites
(1) Introduction to Data Science and Programming, (2) Applied Statistics, (3) Data science in Research, Business and Society. Information about the course of study. This course is mandatory for students who are enrolled on BSc in Data Science and part of the second semester. The course is only open for students enrolled in BSc in Data Science.
Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • organize, plan, and carry out collaborative work in a smaller project group
  • identify, define and delimit a problem in Data Science (i.e., prepare a problem statement)
  • quickly preprocess a wide range of raw data
  • translate diverse problem settings into individual well-defined data analysis problems
  • identify and analyse relevant options for an appropriate basic methodology for the problem (data structures, algorithms, statistical methods), including those lectured on specifically for the mini-project
  • compare the relevant options for the task, selecting the most suitable ones, both practically and theoretically
  • implement the methodology and carry out the analysis
  • document the project incrementally through the project diary and detailed control log
  • translate the findings back to the problem domain
  • carry out extensive error analysis and reflect on the method and results
  • provide a succinct oral and written explanation of the problems for each mini-project to both experts and non-experts, including a short description, the method, and the outcomes
Learning activities

Teaching consisting of lectures, exercises and supervision.
The course begins with a first week of foundational lectures and workshops relevant for remainder of the course. This is followed by four individual mini-projects, each of a 3 week duration. The structure of each 3-week mini-project is, in order:
1) 1 week of lectures
2) 1.5 weeks of supervision and status reporting.
3) Final oral presentation and written report at the end of the 3rd week.

Course literature

The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 15%
  • Lectures: 10%
  • Exercises: 15%
  • Assignments: 5%
  • Project work, supervision included: 50%
  • Exam with preparation: 5%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
X: Experimental form, internal (7-trinsskala)
Exam variation:
X: Experimental form
Exam submission description:
Four 3-week mini-projects.

Groups will be composed of 5-7 students each. Each mini-project is worth 25 % of the final grade. All mini-projects must be passed. The code and a final report must be handed in before each oral exam.

For the four 3-week mini-projects the exam will consist of:

a written short final group report with shared responsibility at the end of each 3-week mini-project (worth 50% of the mini-project grade)
an 30 minutes oral mini-exam in groups with individual responsibility/grading at the end of each 3-week mini-project, consisting of a short oral presentation of results, an oral exam on code implementations, and further questions (worth 50% of the mini-project grade).
Form of group exam: Group exam: All students are present in the examination room throughout the examination.

Re-exam: All four mini-projects must be passed, but re-exam takes place only for the mini-projects that are not passed. The format of the exam is the same. And the re-exam will take place after end of the course, in the re-exam period

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