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Study Data Science at Otago

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The science of learning from data.

Data is at the core of modern society. We are producing it, collecting it, wrangling it, analysing it, modelling it, understanding it, visualising it, using it on a scale that seemed impossible not so long ago.

Data Science is fundamentally about how we can learn from data and how we can meaningfully use it to improve our world. Studying Data Science leads to opportunities in fields as diverse as banking and biotechnology, entertainment and education, gaming and government, medicine and manufacturing, retail and research.

Data Science is also a broad area of study. At Otago, the Data Science programme pulls together the best that computer science, information science, and statistics have to offer while stressing application and understanding of the impact of Data Science on society.

Apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2022

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Why study Data Science?

Data is everywhere and the demand for data scientists is exploding. Data Science is a broad field but it essentially boils down to extracting information from large and complex data sets. Working as a data scientist for an organisation means you will be at the heart of decision-making processes.

Data Science brings together techniques and methods from computer science, information science, and statistics. This means there are opportunities in areas that particularly interest you, whether it is efficient computation, data storage infrastructure, data analysis or applied machine learning. In addition to problem-solving skills that can be applied to many areas you will gain valuable communication and data visualisation skills.

Career opportunities

There are opportunities for Data Science graduates at all levels of business, industry, government, and science.

Background required

Entry into the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Data Science is open to anyone, however taking Digital Technology for NCEA is useful and NCEA Level 3 Mathematics and Statistics is helpful.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Data Science

Year Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundations of Information Systems

COMP 120  Practical Data Science

COMP 161  Computer Programming

COMP 162  Foundations of Computer Science

STAT 110  Statistical Methods or  STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

Note: Students are exempt from COMP 161 if they have gained entry to COMP 162 by passing COMP 151 with a grade of at least B or via an Advanced Placement Test.

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

COSC 201  Algorithms and Data Structures

INFO 204  Introduction to Data Science

STAT 210  Applied Statistics

STAT 260  Visualisation and Modelling in R

18

18

18

18

300-level

COSC 343  Artificial Intelligence

INFO 304  Advanced Data Science

STAT 312  Modelling High Dimensional Data

One of COSC 344 Database Theory and Applications, STAT 310  Statistical Modelling

18

18

18

18

Plus 

144 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers.

144

Total   360


Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

COMP papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
COMP101 2021 Foundations of Information Systems 18 points Semester 1, Summer School
COMP111 2021 Information and Communications Technology 18 points Semester 2, Summer School
COMP120 2021 Practical Data Science 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
COMP151 2021 Programming for Scientists 18 points Semester 1
COMP160 2021 General Programming 18 points Summer School
COMP161 2021 Computer Programming 18 points Semester 1, 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period
COMP162 2021 Foundations of Computer Science 18 points Semester 2
COMP210 2021 Information Assurance 18 points Semester 2
COMP270 2021 ICT Fundamentals 15 points Semester 1
COMP371 2021 ICT Studio 1 15 points Semester 1
COMP372 2021 ICT Studio 2 15 points Semester 1, Semester 2
COMP373 2021 ICT Studio 3 15 points Semester 2
COMP390 2021 ICT Industry Project 30 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period, 3rd Non standard period

COSC papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
COSC201 2021 Algorithms and Data Structures 18 points Not offered in 2021
COSC202 2021 Software Development 18 points Not offered in 2021
COSC203 2021 Web, Databases, and Networks 18 points Not offered in 2021
COSC204 2021 Computer Systems 18 points Not offered in 2021
COSC212 2021 Web Application Development 18 points Semester 2
COSC241 2021 Programming and Problem Solving 18 points Semester 1
COSC242 2021 Algorithms and Data Structures 18 points Semester 2
COSC243 2021 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems 18 points Semester 1
COSC244 2021 Data-communications, Networks, Internet 18 points Semester 2
COSC301 2021 Network Management and Security 18 points Semester 1
COSC326 2021 Effective Programming 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer School
COSC341 2021 Theory of Computing 18 points Semester 1
COSC342 2021 Computer Graphics 18 points Semester 1
COSC343 2021 Artificial Intelligence 18 points Semester 1
COSC344 2021 Database Theory and Applications 18 points Semester 2
COSC345 2021 Software Engineering 18 points Full Year
COSC349 2021 Cloud Computing Architecture 18 points Semester 2
COSC360 2021 Computer Game Design 18 points Summer School
COSC385 2021 Research Project 18 points Full Year
COSC402 2021 Advanced Computer Networks 20 points Semester 2
COSC410 2021 Logic for Artificial Intelligence 20 points Not offered in 2021
COSC411 2021 Combinatorial Game Theory 20 points Not offered in 2021
COSC412 2021 Cryptography and Security 20 points Semester 2
COSC420 2021 Neural Networks 20 points Semester 1
COSC421 2021 Neural Models of Language 20 points Not offered in 2021
COSC422 2021 Computational Neuroscience 20 points Not offered in 2021
COSC430 2021 Advanced Database Topics 20 points Semester 1
COSC431 2021 Information Retrieval 20 points Semester 1
COSC440 2021 Advanced Operating Systems 20 points Semester 2
COSC441 2021 Concurrent Programming 20 points Not offered in 2021
COSC450 2021 Computer Vision and Graphics 20 points Semester 1
COSC470 2021 Special Topic: Machine Learning 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
COSC471 2021 Approved Special Paper 20 points Not offered in 2021
COSC480 2021 Applied Project 40 points Full Year
COSC490 2021 Dissertation 40 points Full Year

INFO papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
INFO130 2021 Fundamentals and practice of spreadsheets 18 points Semester 2
INFO201 2021 Developing Information Systems 1 18 points Semester 1
INFO202 2021 Developing Information Systems 2 18 points Semester 2
INFO203 2021 Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience 18 points Semester 1
INFO204 2021 Introduction to Data Science 18 points Semester 2
INFO250 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO301 2021 Applied Project 18 points Semester 2
INFO302 2021 Information Systems Strategy and Governance 18 points Semester 2
INFO303 2021 Enterprise Information Systems Infrastructure 18 points Semester 1
INFO304 2021 Advanced Data Science 18 points Semester 2
INFO305 2021 Pervasive Computing and Interactive Technologies 18 points Semester 1
INFO310 2021 Software Project Management 18 points Semester 1
INFO350 2021 Topics in Information Science 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
INFO351 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO352 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO353 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO390 2021 Research Topics 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO407 2021 Agent-based Software Technologies 20 points Semester 2
INFO408 2021 Management of Large-Scale Data 20 points Semester 2
INFO410 2021 Multimedia User Experience - Theory and Practice 20 points Semester 1
INFO411 2021 Machine Learning and Data Mining 20 points Semester 2
INFO420 2021 Statistical Techniques for Data Science 20 points Semester 2
INFO424 2021 Adaptive Business Intelligence 20 points Semester 1
INFO451 2021 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2021
INFO452 2021 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2021
INFO470 2021 Advanced Topics in Information Science 20 points Semester 1, Semester 2
INFO490 2021 Dissertation 40 points Full Year
INFO501 2021 Applied Project 40 points 1st Non standard period
INFO580 2021 Research Project 40 points 1st Non standard period

STAT papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
STAT110 2021 Statistical Methods 18 points Semester 1, Summer School
STAT115 2021 Introduction to Biostatistics 18 points Semester 2
STAT210 2021 Applied Statistics 18 points Semester 1
STAT260 2021 Visualisation and Modelling in R 18 points Semester 2
STAT270 2021 Probability and Inference 18 points Semester 1
STAT310 2021 Statistical Modelling 18 points Semester 1
STAT311 2021 Design of Research Studies 18 points Semester 1
STAT312 2021 Modelling High Dimensional Data 18 points Semester 2
STAT370 2021 Statistical Inference 18 points Semester 2
STAT371 2021 Bayesian Data Analysis 18 points Semester 2
STAT372 2021 Stochastic Modelling 18 points Semester 1
STAT399 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
STAT411 2021 Probability and Inference 3 20 points Semester 1
STAT412 2021 Generalised Linear Models 20 points Semester 2
STAT435 2021 Data Analysis for Bioinformatics 20 points Semester 1
STAT440 2021 Longitudinal Data Analysis 20 points Not offered in 2021
STAT441 2021 Topic in Advanced Statistics 20 points Semester 2
STAT442 2021 Topic in Advanced Statistics 20 points Semester 1
STAT443 2021 Topic in Advanced Statistics 20 points Not offered in 2021
STAT444 2021 Topic in Advanced Statistics 20 points Semester 1
STAT481 2021 Statistical Practice 20 points Full Year
STAT490 2021 Dissertation 40 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
STAT498 2021 Special Topic 20 points Semester 2
STAT499 2021 Special Topic: Clinical Trials 20 points Not offered in 2021

Key information for future students

Contact us

Matthew Parry
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Tel +64 3 479 7780
Email matthew.parry@otago.ac.nz

Grant Dick
Department of Information Science
Tel +64 3 479 8180
Email grant.dick@otago.ac.nz

Brendan McCane
Department of Computer Science
Tel +64 3 479 8588
Email brendan.mccane@otago.ac.nz

Web otago.ac.nz/sciences/study/applied-science