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INFO580 Research Project

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Investigation of a problem at a critical and analytical level, backed by appropriate applied and academic literature.

This paper is designed in conjunction with the Master of Business Data Science and allows the student to independently develop and extend their skills in Data Science and Data Analytics. Each student will be supervised by an academic and may develop a research topic with an external business.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code INFO580
Subject Information Science
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (24 February 2020 - 19 February 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,667.07
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $11,583.84

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Paper Structure

The paper runs from the beginning of first semester, with the final thesis submission in mid-February of the next calendar year.  The course will provide an introduction to writing a thesis, present a range of possible research topics, and support the students throughout the year to complete a solid technical and academic research project.

"An Introduction to Statistical Learning", by G.James, D. Witten, T. Hastie & R. Tibshirani. This is available online through the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
During this paper, students will:
  1. Plan and conduct an independent research project that will be relevant to the chosen academic discipline (research)
  2. Apply critical thinking skills and (potentially) interdisciplinary approaches to the chosen discipline and research topic (critical thinking)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work independently (self-motivation)
  4. Be able to write a research report with a high level of communication skills (verbal and written) (critical thinking, communication)

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1st Non standard period (24 February 2020 - 19 February 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-22
B1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41