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DTSC71-304: Applied Data Analytics Project January 2020 [Standard]

General information

Knowing how to understand, analyse and present data is a key to entry in any industry. This subject requires students to apply the concepts, theories and frameworks from their entire program to a big data research project. Working under the supervision of an academic staff member, students will apply the research process, develop a research question that is relevant to both industry and the academic community, synthesise the relevant literature, use appropriate big data techniques and interpret the results and evaluate their implications. Students may work in teams or as individuals dependant on the size of the project. Projects may be created internally or be sourced from industry.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:DTSC71-304
Subject title:Advanced Big Data Projects
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Computer Lab: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Computer Lab
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Program Director approval required

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge from previous subjects in the discipline to a real big data project.
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise the relevant literature on an approved big data research topic.
  3. Design and undertake appropriate data collection and analyses to investigate a research question.
  4. Articulate the rationale, theory, methods, findings and implications of a research project in a professional written report.
  5. Deliver a clear, concise well-organised research presentation appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences using suitable visual aids.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Capstone Project § A written proposal explaining the focus, scope methods and related plans for the proposed research project 15% Week 3 1, 2, 3.
Capstone Project § Presentation of the research project’s outcomes to peers and faculty. 15% Week 12 4, 5.
Capstone Project § A final written report summarising all elements of the research project. 50% Week 13 3, 4, 5.
Learning Log Each week students will individually record the progress that they have made, difficulties encountered, their interactions with their team members, and overall progress in a log. Drawing on these separate logs and other relevant materials, students will write a reflective essay summarising their key learnings/insights from participating in this subject. 20% Week 13 1, 2.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

"A peer-evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected."

Subject curriculum

The goal, rationale and structure of the subject are explained, as well as the requirements and expectations for the industry project and related assessments.

Working in groups for extended periods of time can often be difficult and challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Guidance is given to help to ensure that the project is completed on time, with the stated deliverables from a group of co-operating team members. The use and rationale of a peer evaluation system throughout the project is also explained.

The importance and structure of a project proposal or scoping document, for a project, is discussed. Students learn how to plan out a project from the description given by the industry partner so that it may be realised in a single semester’s work with appropriate deliverables. Project management tools such as the Gantt chart are also explained.

These sessions, which normally occur once a week, allow students to present their progress and findings. The academic supervisors and convenor critique, question and guide students to ensure that they are completing the project in a timely manner and with appropriate tools and techniques.

A workshop discussing appropriate presentation skills and the expected structure of the oral presentation.

The structure of a big data report suitable for industry use, is given. This is done in context of the projects undertaken in that semester.

Approved on: Sep 10, 2019. Edition: 1.0
Last updated: Oct 8, 2019.