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CSC8639 : Project and Dissertation in Data Science

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0

Aims

The individual project is a substantial piece of independent work involving the technical and research skills developed in the taught part of the degree. You will have the opportunity to contribute directly to research or development activities, develop your own specialist expertise in the project topic, and further improve your planning and communication skills. You will work closely with one of the School's research groups, and you may also be working with an industrial partner.

Specifically, the module aims to equip students with the following knowledge and skills:
•       To deepen the knowledge and skills acquired in the programme through practice
•       To develop an awareness of the range and limitations of technologies available
•       To enhance research skills and awareness of the professional literature
•       To develop an awareness of the open problems in Data Science

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will either select a project from a list offered by potential supervisors or propose and refine a project proposal with an academic supervisor. Projects will involve learning about some unfamiliar aspect of Data Science. In every project there will be a research component and a strong design, programming and/or analytic element.

1.       Project Definition and Planning:
a.       Bounding and clarifying a problem for research.
b.       Background research; identifying and critically analysing relevant literature and information sources.
c.       Decomposing a problem and forming a project outline in terms of goals and criteria for success. Identifying resources and tooling required.
2.       Supervision: Each project has a lead supervisor and second supervisor, both staff from the School. Additional supervision support may be provided by an industrial partner. The student and lead supervisor will meet regularly throughout the period of the project.
3.       Research: Background research will be undertaken in the selected topic using the skills developed in earlier modules with access to the library and online resources. The supervisor will advise on quality of sources and standards in the topic area.
4.       Development and Analytic Skills: The core of the project will involve carrying out the project plan largely independently, but with guidance from the supervisors.
5.       Dissertation: A dissertation will be prepared, describing the technical background, the work undertaken, the analysis of results and directions for further work. Guidance on the style and content of an academic dissertation will be provided by means of lectures and through the supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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