MIT631 Data Analytics

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT501 Programming
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Students will need to use the latest version of Python IDE such as Spyder, PyCharm or IDLE as well as Jupyter Notebook tool.

Unit description 

This unit covers the fundamentals of data analytics. It aims to develop foundation skills and knowledge required for data driven, evidence-based approaches to decision making and performance analysis. Topics include data collection, preprocessing and transformation, visualization and exploratory analysis, and the mathematical and statistical foundations for data modeling. These will help students develop the understanding they will need to make informed decisions using data analysis and communicate the results effectively. The programming language used is Python which is an excellent environment for building many kinds of analytical applications.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Demonstrate knowledge of coding, debugging, and running Python programs.
ULO2 Use Python modules and tools to collect, reshape, analysis, and visualize data.
ULO3 Solve a broad set of data analysis problems effectively.
ULO4 Develop programs for various real-world problems by applying data analytics.
ULO5 Evaluate data results and make optimal decisions.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Unit Introduction, Python fundamentals
2. Lists, tuples, sets, and dictionaries
3. Functions, classes, and modules
4. Numpy and vectorized computation
5. Statistics and probability
6. Manipulating data with pandas
7. Data cleaning, preparation, and wrangling
8. Visualising data with Matplotlib
9. Data aggregation and group operations
10. Working with Jupyter notebooks
11. Data analysis examples
12. Network analysis & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 10% 5
Assessment 3: Individual Assignment 1 20% 7
Assessment 4: Individual Assignment 2 20% 12
Assessment 5: Final Exam 40% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.