DATA1001 Introduction to Data Science and Decisions

DATA1001 is a Level I Mathematics course. See the course overview below.

Units of Credit: 6

Cycle of offering: Yearly in Semester 2; Term 2 in trimester.

More information:

The Course Outline (pdf) contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus.

The Online Handbook entry,contains up-to-date timetabling information.

If you are currently enrolled in DATA1001, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

Course Overview

This course will be taught as a number of distinct, but related, topics covering the fundamentals of Data Science as it is applied in Mathematics and Statistics,Computer Science, and Economics. The course will be pitched at a level that is accessible for students as a General Education elective and it will also form a platform for students wishing to undertake further studies in Data Science. The course will provide an introduction to topics such as data analytics, data mining, Bayesian statistics, statistical software, econometrics, machine learning, business forecasting.

The course is jointly taught by three schools, Mathematics & Statistics, Business, and Computer Science and Engineering, each covering the basics of Data Science.

Business: Descriptive statistics and basic econometric modelling, taught in several modern contexts.

Computer Science and Engineering: Relational database model, the MapReduce parallelizable processing algorithm, spatial data and graph data

Mathematics & Statistics: Introduction to Bayesian probability, topic modelling and variable selection for high-dimensional structured data.