United Kingdom, London

Data Science and Big Data Analysis

when 1 July 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1995

This module will provide an introduction to the most fundamental data analytic tools and techniques, and will teach students how to use specialised software to analyse real-world data and answer policy-relevant questions.

Data Science is an exciting new area that combines scientific inquiry, statistical knowledge, substantive expertise, and computer programming. One of the main challenges for businesses and policy makers when using big data is to find people with the appropriate skills.

This module will cover classic topics in data analysis (regression, binary models, and panel data) and introduce more specialised techniques, such as classification and decision trees, clustering and pattern recognition, and dimensionality reduction.

It will cover data preparation and processing, including working with structured, key-value formatted (JSON), and unstructured data.

Course leader

Dr Philip Lewis works in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at UCL but originally studied for his PhD in the field of High Energy Physics. He worked on analysis of the massive datasets generated by the Tevatron collider, and on the computing

Target group

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). Successful completion of a first year undergraduate level module in statistics and experience of using statistical computer software is a requirement for this module. This requirement can be met by completing the R and RStudio module in Session 1.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have a sound understanding of the field of data science and have developed the ability to analyse real-world data using some of its main methods;

Be comfortable with descriptive and predictive analytics, and their application to big data problems;

Have gained a solid foundation for more advanced or more specialised study in this area.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1995: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £390.
GBP 1000: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs £1000 per 3-week Session.