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MSc. Master
MSc in Software Design
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Associate Professor
Research Assistant
Course semester
Efterår 2021
30 August 2021
31 January 2022
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This course gives an introduction to the field of data mining. The course is relatively practically oriented, focusing on applicable algorithms. Practical exercises will involve both use of a freely available data mining package and individual implementation of algorithms.


The course will cover the following main topics:

  • The data mining process
  • Cluster analysis
  • Data pre-processing
  • Pattern and association mining
  • Classification and prediction

Application examples will be given from domains including demographics, image processing and healthcare.

Formal prerequisites

Students must have experience with and be comfortable with programming, and be capable of independently implementing algorithms from descriptions. This corresponds to at least having passed an introductory programming course, and preferably also an intermediate-level programming course. The course will contain compulsory programming in Python.

Information about study structure:
This course is a specialisation course on the MSc Software Design study programme, as well as an elective for other MSc study programmes. 
Moreover the student must always meet the admission requirements of the IT University. 

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze data mining problems and reason about the most appropriate methods to apply to a given dataset and knowledge extraction need.
  • Implement basic pre-processing, association mining, classification and clustering algorithms.
  • Apply and reflect on advanced pre-processing, association mining, classification and clustering algorithms.
  • Work efficiently in groups and evaluate the algorithms on real-world problems.
Learning activities

The course consists of lectures ending with a project for the last part of the course. Most lectures are followed by a lab exercise, which involves independent programming. Students must be able to program. The default language is Python, and there is an introduction to this in week 1, as well as during the labs.

There is one mandatory assignment around the course midway point, where you will apply the techniques learned so far.

For the final project you will specify and work on a relevant Data Mining project of your choice. In this project you will apply the techniques and algorithms studied during the course on relevant real world problems. This will be done in groups of 2-4 persons. 

Besides the hours planned for lectures, tutorial, and exercise, supervision sessions for the group projects are planned which complement the theory covered during the lectures and are necessary for meeting the learning objectives of the course. Lectures provide theoretical foundations and walk-through examples of relevant data mining algorithms while exercises focus on students discussing and implementing the algorithms themselves.

Mandatory activities

There will be one mandatory assignment, consisting of using self-implemented data mining techniques on a simple data set and writing a report about it. 

The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.

Course literature

The 100-page Machine Learning Book:

Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, 3rd ed.

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 20%
  • Lectures: 15%
  • Exercises: 10%
  • Assignments: 10%
  • Project work, supervision included: 35%
  • Exam with preparation: 10%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C1G: Submission of written work for groups
Exam submission description:
The written submission is the result of a self-selected data mining project performed in a group of three. The written submission will allow for an allocation of effort in the group.
Group submission:
  • 2-4 persons.

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