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Data Science Discovery is the intersection of statistics, computation, and real-world relevance. As a project-driven course, students perform hands-on-analysis of real-world datasets to analyze and discover the impact of the data. Throughout each experience, students reflect on the social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and design.
This course is comprised of two sections:
Lecture Section: Meets three times a week (M/W/F), 50 minutes each lecture, lead by University of Illinois faculty.
Lab and Discussion Section:
Small-group, weekly conceptual and problem-solving discussion sections lead by a Teaching Assistant (TA). Not computer-based. (~50 minutes /week)
Small-group, weekly computer-based programming sections with the assistance of course staff. Some sections will be BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) and others will be in computer labs for students who do not have or choose not to use their own device. (~50 minutes /week)
You are required to be registered for BOTH one lecture section and one lab/discussion section.
Required Calculator: Any non-programmable calculator (no phones, graphing calculators, etc.)
Laptop Computer (BYOD sections ONLY): If you are in a BYOD section, you need a laptop running Windows, OS X, or Linux. Tablets, Chromebooks, and iPads are not supported. You will need to be able to install both Python and git to complete the labs (instructions provided).
Course Assignments and Grades
Course grades are given in points, totaling 1,000 points throughout the semester. The breakdown of points is as follows:
- Participation: 40 points
- Labs: 105 points (8 × 15 points), points over 105 are extra credit
- Homework: 150 points (3 × 50 points)
- Project: 300 points (75, 100, and 125 points)
- Midterm Exam: 135 points
- Final Exam: 270 points
Final Course Grade
Course points will be translated into a course grade at the end of the semester.
- 930 or more points earns an A; 900 or more earns an A-
- 870 or more points earns a B+; 830 or more earns a B; 800 or more earns a B-
- …and so forth…
The most significant component to this course is the completion of the course projects (300 points). You will have 2.5 weeks to complete each project, including a lab/discussion dedicated to working with the course staff on your project. In each project, you will focus on the analysis of a single real-world dataset to discover interesting and insightful features and perform a detailed reflection on your findings to understand the social issues that arise from such analysis.
A mid-project checkpoint will be due after the first week to ensure you and your team is making progress (see the course schedule for due dates). All projects will be discussed in discussion sections; top projects will be showcased as part of the lecture.
Throughout this course, you will have many opportunities to be part of collaborative activates that include data collection, studio-style critiques, data cleaning efforts, and other experiences. Each of these experiences have a set number of points. A total of 40 points from these activates contribute to your course grade.
No late submissions are accepted. However, you need to complete only 8/10 labs to earn all 105 points for lab section. Additional points earned are counted as extra credit. Other extra credit opportunities will be offered. All sources of extra credit cannot exceed +107 points to your final grade.
Data Science is a collaborative science. Do not try to tackle this course alone.
We strongly encourage you to discuss all of your course activities (with the exception of exams) with your friends and classmates! You will learn more though talking through the problems, teaching others, and sharing ideas.
Continue to read on “Academic Integrity” to understand the difference between collaboration and giving an answer away.
Collaboration is about working together. Collaboration is not giving the direct answer to a friend or sharing the source code to an assignment. Collaboration requires you to make a serious attempt at every assignment and discuss your ideas and doubts with others so everyone gets more out of the discussion Your answers must be your own words and your code must be typed (not copied/pasted) by you.
Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously in STAT 107 and all cases will be brought to the University, your college, and your department. You should understand how academic integrity applies specifically to STAT 107: the sanctions for cheating on an assignment includes a loss of all points for the assignment and that the final course grade is lowered by one whole letter grade (100 points). A second incident, or cheating on an exam, results in an automatic F in the course.
Academic integrity includes protecting your work. If you work ends up submitted by someone else, we have considered this a violation of academic integrity just as though you submitted someone else’s work.