Data is of huge significance as it forms the quintessential building block of the Information age. In some circles Data is already becoming an alternative global currency. Data Science is an increasingly important skill. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute concludes, "a shortage of the analytical and managerial talent necessary to make the most of Big Data is a significant and pressing challenge”.
Data science is an interdisciplinary field. It enables one to analyse, communicate and reformulate raw Data in order to extract conclusions about that information. Data Science ultimately allows us to use and work with Data in creative ways to generate value and give us a better and more profound understanding of the underlying context.
Data Science is already used in all sectors of industry and society to allow government and organisations to make better and more informed decisions and to verify or disprove existing models, processes and theories.
The course aims to introduce students to a blend of Data Science concepts and technologies in order to enable them to understand the everyday Data related issues, covering the Data Science Supply Chain from Data collection, to processing, analysis and visualisation.