CSC8633 : Group Project in Data Science

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In this module you will have the opportunity to design, build, deploy and support a data science system. You will have access to technical guidance from faculty members but will essentially work as a small independent team under your own initiative. This provides an opportunity to practice the technical skills developed in other modules, and to develop new skills of cooperative working and organisation.

Specifically, the module aims to equip students with the following knowledge and skills:
-       To gain and reflect on the experience of applying the techniques taught in preceding modules to develop a data science system.
-       To gain experience of working in groups and to design and implement software under time and resource constraints, practising relevant professional skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Team Working:
Teams will be selected by the faculty to create teams with mix of skills and abilities for a range of roles. Each team has a faculty member who can advise on the problem specification but will not generally intervene in the group. At the end of the project, there will be an opportunity to debrief with faculty members and to share experience of good and bad practice in team working.

2.       System Synthesis and Analysis:
Based on an initial specification of functional and non-functional requirements each team will develop a system which considers: the availability of data sources and existing knowledge, the professional, legal and ethical issues relevant to the subject area of the project, the potential modelling techniques and the trade-off between performance and accuracy and the end user and ongoing reliability and usability of the system and its results. Development will involve research, requirements elicitation, modelling, and analysis. Selection of development methods and tools will be done by each group.

3.       Reporting:
There will be regular reporting of technical progress and a large final technical deliverable for the group. The project constraints will define the details in final technical deliverables for the group. Students will also prepare a short individual report outlining their contributions and the lessons that they have learned from the project in terms of their own continuing professional development.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Oral Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion50:302:30Preparation for Oral Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Writing up the project and preparation for the group presentation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:0010:00Preparation for the project
Guided Independent StudyProject work471:0047:00Work on the group project
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity21:002:00Group presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Regular help session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:00Weekly progress review and discussion
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will develop: teamwork and communication skills through group learning; presentation skills through giving presentations; computational and statistical writing skills through private study, group learning and writing a report. The nature of the projects will allow students to consolidate their learning from the previous taught modules, and to begin to develop specialised knowledge and practical skills in the analysis and interpretation of Data Science.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation202M20Powerpoint slides and group activity to which each member is expected to contribute equally.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M40Report prepared by each group, typically accompanied additional material online. Word count: Up to 2,000 words
Report2M40Individual report documenting the teamwork process embedded in the group project. Word count: Up to 1,000 words
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Oral ExaminationMStructured discussion including reflection on the key learning objectives of the coursework project.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The group report and presentation will assess the technical product of students' group project.

The individual report tests the students’ ability to use key frameworks to explore how principles of teamwork and project management were embedded in the project as well as identifying the areas of personal development in the key competencies that were developed as part of the group technical contribution.

The semi structured interview facilitates a reflective discussion about how individual students have applied the principles of teamwork and project management in the group project as well as identifying areas of personal development.

Reading Lists