Academic Catalog

Data Science (DS)

DS 700  Foundations of Data Science  3.00  
This course provides an introduction to data science and highlights its importance in business decision making. It provides an overview of commonly used data science tools along with spreadsheets, databases, statistics and programming assignments to lay the foundation for data science applications.
Prerequisites:
    Admission to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 705  Statistical Methods  3.00  
Statistical methods and inference procedures will be presented in this course with an emphasis on applications, computer implementation, and interpretation of results. Topics include simple and multiple regression, model selection, correlation, moderation/interaction analysis, logistic regression, chi-square test, ANOVA, Kruskal-Wallis test, MANOVA, factor analysis, and canonical correlation analysis.
Prerequisites:
    Successful completion of DS 700 and Admissions to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 710  Programming for Data Science  3.00  
Introduction to programming languages and packages used in Data Science.
Prerequisites:
    Admission to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 715  Data Warehousing  3.00  
Introduce the concepts and techniques to work with and reason about subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant, and nonvolatile collections of data in support of management's decision-making process.
Prerequisites:
    Admission to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 730  Big Data: High Performance Computing  3.00  
This course will teach students how to process large datasets efficiently. Students will be introduced to non-relational databases. Students will learn algorithms that allow for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters.
Prerequisites:
    Successful completion of DS 710 and declared Data Science Major
  
DS 735  Communicating about Data  3.00  
This course will prepare you to master technical, informational and persuasive communication to meet organizational goals. Technical communication topics include a study of the nature, structure and interpretation of data. Informational communication topics include data visualization and design of data for understanding and action. Persuasive communication topics include the study of written, verbal and nonverbal approaches to influencing decision makers.
Prerequisites:
    Admission to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 740  Data Mining & Machine Learning  3.00  
This course covers two aspects of data analytics. First, it teaches techniques to generate visualizations appropriate to the audience type, task, and data. Second, it teaches methods and techniques for analyzing unstructured data - including text mining, web text mining and social network analysis.
Prerequisites:
    Successful completion of DS 700 & DS 710 and Admissions to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 745  Visualization and Unstructured Data Analysis  3.00  
This course covers two aspects of data analytics. First, it teaches techniques to generate visualizations appropriate to the audience type, task, and data. Second, it teaches methods and techniques for analyzing unstructured data - including text mining, web text mining and social network analysis.
Prerequisites:
    Successful completion of DS 740 and Admission to the M.S. Data Science program
  
DS 760  Ethics of Data Science  3.00  
This course will focus on the investigation of ethical issues in computer science that ultimately also pertain to data science, including privacy, plagiarism, intellectual property rights, piracy, security, confidentiality and many other issues. Our study of these issues will begin broadly, with a look at ethical issues in computer science at large. We will then make inferences to the narrower field of data science. We will consider ethical arguments and positions, the quality and integrity of decisions and inferences based on data and how important cases and laws have shaped the legality, if not the morality, of data science related computing. Case studies will be used to investigate issues.
Prerequisites:
    Successful completion of DS 740 and Admission to the M.S. Data Science program
  
DS 775  Prescriptive Analytics  3.00  
This course covers procedures and techniques for using data to inform the decision-making process. Topics include optimization, decision analysis, game theory, and simulation. Case studies and applications will be emphasized.
Prerequisites:
  
DS 780  Data Science and Strategic Decision Making  3.00  
The interaction between data science and strategic decision making. Leveraging data resources for competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Prerequisites:
    Admission to M.S. in Data Science program
  
DS 785  Data Science Capstone  3.00  
Capstone course; students will develop and execute a data science project using real-world data and communicate results to a non-technical audience.
Prerequisites:
    Successful completion of Data Science 700, 705, 710, 715, 730, 735, 740, 745 & 775