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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run in each academic year. Each module description relates to the year indicated in the module availability box. Please be aware that modules may change from year to year, and may be amended to take account of, for example: changing staff expertise, disciplinary developments, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Department: Computer Science

COMP42015: Learning from Data

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to G5K709 Business Analytics


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To equip students with conceptual and practical tools to support machine learning


  • Data exploration e.g. missing value treatment, outlier detection, feature engineering
  • Machine learning including artificial neural networks
  • Deep learning

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module, students should:
  • Have a critical appreciation of the importance of preparing data for machine learning
  • Have an advanced understanding of modern approaches to machine learning
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Select and implement appropriate methods for preparing a data set for machine learning
  • Train a machine learning classification application based on real data
  • Use deep learning architectures to enhance machine learning
Key Skills:
  • Effective written communication
  • Oral presentation
  • Planning, organising and time-management
  • Problem solving and analysis
  • Team working

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning outcomes are met through classroom-based workshops, supported by online resources. The workshops consist of a combination of taught input, group work, case studies, discussion and computing labs. Online resources provide preparatory material for the workshops – typically consisting of directed reading and video content.
  • The summative assessments are an individual written assignment and a group presentation based on group work analysis of a real data set. These are designed to test students’ skills in problem identification, their theoretical understanding, and their ability to analyse the situation in order to categorise the potential solutions.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 5 1 a week in weeks 5-9 of term 2 hours 10
Lectures 5 1 a week in weeks 5-9 of term 1 hour 5
Computer workshops (max 30 students) 5 1 a week in weeks 5-9 of term 2 hours 10
Preparation and reading 125
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual Written Assignment 1500 words maximum 50%
Group presentation 10 minutes 50%

Formative Assessment:

The formative assessment consists of classroom-based exercises involving individual and group analyses and presentations on specific business situations/problems relevant to the learning outcomes of the module. Oral and written feedback will be given on a group and/or individual basis as appropriate.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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