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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Data Analysis and Visualisation
Module Code CA121
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Claudia Mazo
Semester 2: Claudia Mazo
Autumn: Claudia Mazo
Module TeachersClaudia Mazo
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The module aims to equip students with an understanding of data analysis and visualisation techniques and the knowledge of a variety of tools and statistical techniques to make sense of the emergence and exponential growth of big data. It will teach students to identify suitable approaches for business related issues.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the data analysis pipeline, how it is used in organisations and the ethical implications.
2. Explain the purpose and benefits of data analysis, in particular the emergence of big data.
3. Understand the requirements for communicating data analysis through visualisations and critique both their own and other visualisations.
4. Use functions in spreadsheets such as import, filtering, manipulation, visualisation.
5. Identify and specify requirements (such as tools, data and organisational structure) for performing the analysis of complex business-related issues.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures and in-class tutorials covering key topics of the course.
Laboratory12Laboratory hands-on experience running appropriate software.
Independent Study89Preparation for and reading after lectures.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Data analysis
big data, appropriate data selection processes, representative sampling, understanding requirements (data tools, organisation structures etc), using spreadsheets for analysis

Data visualisation
selecting appropriate graph types, making visualisations in spreadsheets, critiquing visualisations

design rules for visualisation, presenting data visualisations, report writing

Business process understanding
data analysis pipeline and how it is used in organisations

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentReport and requirement specifications for business analysis task.15%n/a
AssignmentAn ongoing series of in-lab assessments of spreadsheet skills and visualisations.25%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Few, Stephen: 2012, Show Me the Numbers, 2nd Ed., Analytics Press, 978-097060197
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMBUSBSc in Computing for Business

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