Core Module Information
Module title: Data Wrangling

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET11221
Module leader: Dimitra Gkatzia
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science


Description of module content:

Data Wrangling is the process of transforming and mapping data from "raw" data formats into other formats with the intent of making it more appropriate and valuable for a variety of downstream purposes such as analytics. This may include further data processing, visualisation, aggregation, training a statistical model, as well as many other potential uses. Data Wrangling includes several steps, starting with extracting the data in a raw form from the data source, processing the raw data using specialised algorithms (e.g. NLP approaches for text processing), storing using appropriate data structures (e.g. lists, matrices etc.) and finally utilise the resulting content into a data sink for storage and future use, such as training machine learning models.

Contemporary data acquisition and analysis has to address several challenges including the variety of data sources, the volume of data, validity etc. These require the use of specialised data storage, aggregation and processing techniques. This module introduces a range of tools and techniques necessary for working with data in a variety of formats with a view to developing data-driven applications. The module focuses primarily on developing applications using the Python scripting language and associated libraries and will also introduce a range of associated data processing technologies and techniques.

The module covers the following topics:

• Data types and formats: numerical and time series, textual, unstructured
• Data sources and interfaces: open data, APIs, social media, web-based
• Techniques for dealing with text data such as vectorisation, bag of words, word embeddings
• Supervised Machine Learning approaches
• Developing and evaluating Data-Driven Applications in Python

The Benchmark Statement for Computing specifies the range of skills and knowledge that should be incorporated in computing courses. This module encompasses cognitive skills in Computational Thinking, Modelling and Methods and Tools, Requirements Analysis and practical skills in specification, development and testing and the deployment and use of tools and critical evaluation in addition to providing useful generic skills for employment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1: Critically evaluate the tools and techniques of data extraction, interfacing, aggregation and processing
LO2: Select and apply a range of specialised data types, tools and techniques for data extraction, interfacing, aggregation and processing
LO3: : Experiment with specialised techniques for dealing with complex text data sets, such as Natural Language Processing and machine learning.
LO4: Design, develop and critically evaluate data-driven applications in Python

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