# DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2019/2020

 University Homepage DRPS Homepage DRPS Search DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Mathematics : Mathematics

# Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Data Science (MATH08077)

 School School of Mathematics College College of Science and Engineering Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Availability Not available to visiting students SCQF Credits 20 ECTS Credits 10 Summary This is an introductory level course on data science and statistical thinking. Students will learn to explore, visualize, and analyze data to understand natural phenomena, investigate patterns, model outcomes, and make predictions, and do so in a reproducible and shareable manner. In doing so, they will gain experience in data collection, wrangling, and visualization, exploratory data analysis, predictive modelling, and effective communication of results while working on problems and case studies inspired by and based on real-world questions. The course will focus on the R statistical computing language. No statistical or computing background is necessary. **This course is available to Year 1 students on a School of Mathematics degree programme of study OR Year 1 students on "and Mathematics" degree programmes of study. Course description This course is comprised of three learning units: Unit 1 - Collecting and exploring data: This unit focuses on data visualization, wrangling, and collection. Specifically we cover fundamentals of data and data visualization, confounding variables, and Simpson¿s paradox as well as the concept of tidy data, data import, data rectangling and cleaning, and data collection. We end the unit with web scraping and introduce the idea of iteration in preparation for the next unit. Also in this unit students are introduced to the toolkit: R, RStudio, R Markdown, Git, GitHub, etc. Unit 2 - Modelling and prediction: This unit introduces simple and multiple linear regression models, with a focus on interpretations, visualizing interactions, model selection, prediction, and model validation. Unit 3 - Making rigorous conclusions: In this part we introduce statistical inference for making data based conclusions from a simulation based perspective, focusing on bootstrapping and randomization.
 Pre-requisites Co-requisites Prohibited Combinations Other requirements **This course is available to Year 1 students on a School of Mathematics degree programme of study OR Year 1 students on "and Mathematics" degree programmes of study. **
 Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  101 Course Start Semester 1 Timetable Timetable Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 138 ) Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 % Feedback Not entered No Exam Information
 On completion of this course, the student will be able to: employ all stages of a modern data science pipeline, including import, tidy, transform, visualize, model, and communicate.critique data-based claims and evaluate data-based decisions.interpret results correctly, effectively, and in context without relying on statistical jargoncomplete a research project on a dataset of their choosing, demonstrating mastery of the data science pipeline.. use the statistical computing language R to perform fully reproducible data analyses that are version controlled.
 There is no compulsory course text. The following books are useful complements to parts of the course for those who prefer learning from textbooks. Both books are freely available online. - R for Data Science - Grolemund, Wickham O'Reilly, 1st edition, 2016 - OpenIntro Statistics - Diez, ÇetinkayaRundel, Barr, CreateSpace, 4th Edition, 2019
 Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered Keywords Data Science,Statistics,Statistical Computing,IDS
 Course organiser Dr Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel Tel: (0131 6)50 5060 Email: mine.cetinkaya-rundel@ed.ac.uk Course secretary Mrs Frances Reid Tel: (0131 6)50 4883 Email: f.c.reid@ed.ac.uk
 Navigation Help & Information Home Introduction Glossary Search DPTs and Courses Regulations Regulations Degree Programmes Introduction Browse DPTs Courses Introduction Humanities and Social Science Science and Engineering Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Other Information Combined Course Timetable Prospectuses Important Information