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Data Mining

NOTE: Where the 2014 requirements for a programme differ from those previously published, care will be taken to ensure existing students are not disadvantaged.

This specialisation will enable you to understand and use data mining techniques. The term data mining refers to the process of extracting potentially useful information from complex data using computational methods. Data mining has its roots in artificial intelligence, databases, and statistics. You will learn how to prepare the data for mining, get to know data mining algorithms, and learn to understand and evaluate the models that summarize the extracted information.

Requirements

We list the Data Mining requirements in the form of a "degree planner". Where semesters are shown they refer to the 2014 schedule.



YEAR 1 – 120 POINTS
COMP103A/B
Introduction to Computer Science 1
COMP104B
Introduction to Computer Science 2
MATH102A/B
Introduction to Algebra
STAT121†
Introduction to Statistical Methods
MATH101A/B/S
Introduction to Calculus
100 LEVEL
(must be outside FCMS)
100 LEVEL
(must be outside FCMS)
100 LEVEL


YEAR 2 – 120 POINTS
COMP200A
Computer Systems

 
__________
 
COMP203A
Programming with Data Structures
COMP202B
Computer Communications

__________
 
COMP204B
Object Oriented Program Design
COMP235B
Logic and Computation
COMP219A
Database Practice and Experience
40 points of papers at 200 LEVEL
(20 points must be outside FCMS)
 
Highly recommended to take at least one of:
STAT221A, STAT226B


YEAR 3 – 120 POINTS
COMP321B
Practical Data Mining
COMP329A
Database Systems
COMP317A
Design & Analysis of Algorithms
300 LEVEL
 
Recommended additional paper:
COMP316A
200 LEVEL* 200 LEVEL*


YEAR 4 – 120 POINTS
COMP477
Report of an Investigation

 
60 points of papers at 400 LEVEL
 
At least two of:
COMP421A, COMP423A, COMP455B, COMP456A
Recommended additional papers:
COMP432B, COMP453A
40 points of papers at 300 LEVEL*

† BCMS regulation 8 requires 50 points from subjects in the field other than the major including at least 20 points above 100 Level. STAT121 will help satisfy these requirements and is strongly recommended in its own right. It also helps students keep their options open for changing to another major with the Faculty if desired.

* For the honours programme, the two 200 level papers in year 3 must be replaced by an additional two 300 level papers, and year 4 requirements are COMP520 Report of an Investigation (45 points) plus five COMP5XX papers (15 points each). Permission may be given to include up to 30 points at 500 level from outside Computer Science.

Elective papers may be replaced by papers at a higher level.

Admission to Honours Programme
To be eligible for honours candidates will require an average of B+ in at least 80 points at 300 level in Computer Science papers. This does not apply to double major students, who will be treated separately.

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