STATS 769 : Advanced Data Science Practice


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Databases, SQL, scripting, distributed computation, other data technologies.

Course Overview

STATS 769 is intended to provide students with computing concepts and skills involved in the acquisition, manipulation, and analysis of large and/or complex data sets. A secondary aim is to give students practice in applying data mining techniques, data mining tools, working with databases, parallel computing and large memory computing. The course will assume a certain amount of basic computing knowledge and a familiarity with R, such as might be obtained by completion of STATS 220, STATS 380, or STATS 782.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand the computing concepts and skills required to work with large and/or complicated data sets (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Perform Data Mining via an introduction to the applicable techniques (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Work with data formats and databases (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Understand the principles underlying Parallel and Large Memory Computing (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  5. Demonstrate written communication skills, at a level where you can communicate knowledge clearly and succinctly. (Capability 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Laboratories 30% Individual Coursework
Term Test 20% Individual Test
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Term Test
Final Exam
There is plussage for the Term Test (the student receives the higher of EITHER Test/20 + Exam/50 OR Exam/70).
Students must pass the exam (50/100) to pass the course.

Key Topics

Data Technologies Review.
Data Science Workflow.
Linux and the Shell.
Data Formats.
Web Scraping.
Large Data Problems and Solutions.
Writing Efficient Code.
Parallel Computing.
High-Performance Computing.

Learning Resources

All of these texts are just useful resources (NOT required texts).
“An Introduction to Statistical Learning” Gareth James,Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie and Robert Tibshirani
“Introduction to Data Technologies” Paul Murrell
“Advanced R” Hadley Wickham
“XML and Web Technologies for Data Sciences with R” Deborah Nolan and Duncan Temple Lang
Links to other online resources are provided throughout the course.

Special Requirements


Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [2] hours of lectures, a [2] hour tutorial, [2] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [4] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 09/12/2019 01:40 p.m.