Course Title: Data Mining

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Data Mining

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COSC2110

City Campus

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

COSC2111

City Campus

Postgraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Vic Ciesielski

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2926

Course Coordinator Email: vic.ciesielski@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 14.8.7


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COSC2531 Programming Fundamentals 

OR 

COSC1076 Advanced Programming Techniques

OR 

COSC1284 Programming Techniques

You may not enrol in this course unless one of these courses is explicitly listed in your enrolment program summary.    

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites – 7.29.1.6: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course is concerned with data mining - that is, finding interesting and useful patterns in large data repositories. It aims to provide you with up-to-date conceptual and practical knowledge on recent developments in data mining. At the end of this course, you will understand the main concepts, principles and techniques of data mining. For practical work you will be using a popular data mining package to analyse data of various forms, including transaction data, relational data and textual data.    


 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course is an option course and not a core course, so that it does not need to contribute to the Program Learning Outcomes.    


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of data mining concepts and techniques.
  • CLO 2: Apply the techniques of clustering, classification, association finding, feature selection and visualisation on real world data
  • CLO 3: Determine whether a real world problem has a data mining solution
  • CLO 4: Apply data mining software and toolkits in a range of applications  
  • CLO 5: Set up a data mining process for an application, including data preparation, modelling and evaluation
  • CLO 6: Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical considerations involved in data mining.

Please note that postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate deeper knowledge and higher level application of knowledge and skills than undergraduate students.    


Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures: Key concepts will be explained in lectures, classes or online, where syllabus material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples.

Tutorials, workshops and/or labs and/or group discussions (including online forums):  These will focus on problem solving and projects. They will provide practice in the application of theoretical concepts and algorithms, allow exploration of concepts with teaching staff and other students and give feedback on your progress and understanding.

Assignments: Assignments will require an integrated understanding and application of the concepts and algorithms.
Private study: This involves working through the course material as presented in the classes.    

 

A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Each week there will be 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial and a 1 hour lab session.  You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own experience and by presenting solutions to written exercises. The tutorial / laboratory sessions will introduce you to the tools necessary to undertake the assignment work.

Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected work independently outside class on understanding the lecture material, solving tutorial problems and completing assignments.    


Overview of Learning Resources

The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See the RMIT Library Guide at http://rmit.libguides.com/compsci     

 


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises written assignments and a formal written end-of-semester examination. The assignments involve implementation of data mining concepts and techniques and may involve a class presentation.

 

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks

 

Assignment 1:

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Assignment 2:  

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

 

End-of-semester Examination

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Please note that postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate deeper knowledge and higher level application of knowledge and skills than undergraduate students.