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Undergraduate Course: Informatics 1 - Data and Analysis (INFR08015)

Course Outline
School School of Informatics College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Informatics Other subject area None
Course website Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description An introduction to collecting, representing and interpreting data across the range of informatics. Students will learn the different perspectives from which data is used, the different terminology used when referring to them and a number of representation and manipulation methods. The course will present a small number of running, illustrative examples from the perspectives of hypothesis testing and query formation and answering.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Informatics 1 - Computation and Logic (INFR08012) AND Informatics 1 - Functional Programming (INFR08013)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Informatics 1 - Object-Oriented Programming (INFR08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements SCE H-grade Mathematics or equivalent is desirable.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
CentralLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
First Class First class information not currently available
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Demonstrate knowledge of the terminology and paradigms used in different areas of informatics for collecting, representing and interpreting data, by being able to apply them to sample problems.
2 - Demonstrate understanding of different types of data (for example, structured/semistructured/unstructured, quantitative/qualitative).
3 - Demonstrate proficiency of the entity/relationship model by being able to specify appropriate representations and queries for simple examples.
4 - Show awareness of the importance of logic for the representation of data by being able to design simple logical representation of a given data set.
5 - Present data in a variety of forms (textual, graphical, quantitative), across a range of data types.
6 - Show awareness of the distinction between object data and meta-data, by being able to apply it to a number of applications across informatics (e.g., databases, corpora).
7 - Demonstrate knowledge of the basic algorithms for interpreting and processing data, by being able to demonstrate how these algorithms work for simple data sets.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 100
Assessed Assignments 0
Oral Presentations 0

Formative assessment will be used to provide feedback and guidance to students and will take the form of quizzes, exercise sheets, practical exercises and coursework assignments, covering areas from across the syllabus.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Structured data and relational databases. Semistructured data and XML. Text corpora. Unstructured data and its analysis.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: to be confirmed
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Database Management Systems Raghu Ramakrishnan, Johannes Gehrke McGraw-Hill, Third edition, 2002
* Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction Tony McEnery, Andrew Wilson Edinburgh University Press, Second edition, 2001
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 0
Private Study/Other 70
Total 100
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Dr Ewan Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 2705
Course secretary Ms Kirsten Belk
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194
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