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Programme: MIT Big Data Science (Coursework)

Code Faculty Department
12254017 Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology Department: Computer Science
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 180 NQF level:  09

Programme information

This degree programme is presented in English only.
Also consult G Regulations G.30 to G.54
The curriculum is determined in consultation with the programme organiser.
A student will have to apply to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology if he/she requires more than three years to complete the degree.

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant honours degree with a cumulative weighted average of at least 65% for the honours degree or relevant four-year bachelor’s degree with a weighted average of at least 65% at final-year level and
  1. The following modules passed at first-year level:
    1. Mathematical Statistics or Statistics and
    2. Mathematics (preferably Calculus and Linear Algebra) and
    3. Programming
  2. A recommendation letter from the employer/line manager, indicating a commitment that they will make time available for the employee to devote to the studies
  3. An essay/motivation letter motivating the interest in this degree
  4. Comprehensive intellectual CV

Other programme-specific information

Discontinuation of studies
The Dean may, on the recommendation of the admissions committee, cancel the studies of a student who fails more than one module. A module may only be repeated once.

Deregistration of modules
Deregistration of modules is only allowed before the early deadline.

Examinations and pass requirements

A minimum semester mark of 40% is required in order to be admitted to the final examinations in all the prescribed modules of the degree. A final mark of 50% is required to pass all coursework modules and the mini-dissertation.

Pass with distinction

The degree is conferred with distinction on students who have obtained at least 75% for the mini-dissertation and a minimum of 75% weighted average final mark for the coursework modules.

Minimum credits: 70

Core modules

  • Module content:

    This is the first and introductory module for the MIT degree in Big Data Science. Big Data and Data Science will be defined and students will be exposed to different application domains within the participating academic departments in the MIT degree. These departments include: Computer Science, Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE), Informatics, Information Science, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Health Science departments. The presentation of this module will be in the format of a two-day workshop.

     

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  • Module content:

    In this module students will be exposed to different categories of machine and statistical learning algorithms that can be used to manipulate big data, identify trends from the data, modelling trends for prediction purposes as well as modelling for the detection of hidden knowledge. Students will be exposed to various machine and statistical learning algorithms/methods and they will learn how to make the right choice with regard to these. Learning, in a supervised and unsupervised mode will be covered. Furthermore students will develop a practical understanding of methods that can aid the learning process, such as, new developments in regression and classification, probabilistic graphical models, numerical Bayesian and Monte Carlo methods, neural networks, decision trees, deep learning and other computational methods. This module also includes a visualisation component focusing on the encoding of information, such as patterns, into visual objects.

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  • Module content:

    Students will obtain hands-on experience on the following technologies such as: Python, Spark, Hadoop, R and SAS, Streaming, Data fusion, Distributed file systems; and Data sources such as social media and sensor data.

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  • Module content:

    The focus in this module is on Information Ethics and its place within the disciplines of Ethics and Philosophy. The following topics will be covered: Information Ethics and PAPAS (privacy, accuracy, property, access, security); Information ethics and the life cycle of big data; Information ethical dilemmas within big data in different disciplines, e.g. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), health sciences, economics and management sciences, social sciences and the humanities; and Case studies.

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  • Module content:

    In this module students will be introduced to Mathematical Optimization through gaining knowledge about the theory and algorithms to solve optimisation problems. Topics will include: Linear programming, unconstrained optimization, equality constrained optimization, general linearly and nonlinearly constrained optimization, quadratic programming, global optimization, Theory and algorithms to solve these problems.

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  • Module content:

    This module focuses on tools for Big Data processing. The focus is on the 3 V- characteristics of Big Data namely volume, velocity and variety. Students will learn about the different architectures available for Big Data processing. The map-reduce algorithm will be studied in detail as well as graphical models for Big Data. The module will include a significant component of practical work (hands-on) where students will be exposed to real use cases that are or can be implemented on Big Data platforms.

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  • Module content:

    Big data management is the governance, administration and organization of large volumes of both structured and unstructured data. Aspects included in big data management are: big data as organizational asset, harnessing big data as disruptive technology for competitive advantage, big data quality and accessibility; management strategies for large and fast-growing internal and external data, big data infrastructure and platform management, and big data policy, strategy and compliance.

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  • Module content:

    Similar to MIT 862; which has the following description: Research methodologies applicable to the IT field as preparation for the mini-dissertation for the A Stream students.

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Elective modules

  • Module content:

    Example courses, amongst others, may include: Cyber-security, Digital Forensics, Deep Machine Learning, Image and sound analysis, Feature extraction, and Graph Modelling. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    Example courses, amongst others, may include: Cyber-security, Digital Forensics, Deep Machine Learning, Image and sound analysis, Feature extraction, and Graph Modelling. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    Example courses may include: Intelligent systems and Internet of Things. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    Example courses may include: Intelligent systems and Internet of Things. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    See existing electives from MIT modules in Stream A and B. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    See existing electives from MIT modules in Stream A and B. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    Five credits of an elective module can be drawn from Information Science. A module in Research Data Management (RDM) is available as an elective. The following topics would typically be covered: Open Science and the dependency on open (big) data, The research process and the life cycle of big data (data management plans to publishing derivative data sets, licensing and legal implications); managing (curating) big vs long tail data; solving problems with research data vs the business value of big data (data-intensive decisionmaking); managing data as an asset (also data citation); issues and challenges involved in the management of big data (principles and best practices for effective big data governance); trusted data repositories; data stewardship frameworks for big data; and the data steward’s toolbox.

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  • Module content:

    Five 5 credits of an elective course can be drawn from the Department of Statistics. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    Five 5 credits of an elective course can be drawn from the Department of Statistics. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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    Five 5 credits of an elective course can be drawn from Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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  • Module content:

    Five 5 credits of an elective course can be drawn from Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. In addition to study-leader approval, elective course selection may be subject to course pre-requisites, course availability, and internal departmental regulations as decided by the Head of the Department.

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Minimum credits: 110

Core modules

  • Module content:

    Students may choose a supervisor/co-supervisor from any of the participating departments, which includes, but are not limited to: Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering (EECE), Computer Science, Informatics, Information Science, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Faculty of Health Science departments (Computational biology, Family Medicine, Radiology). 

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  • Module content:

    This module provides the opportunity to students for demonstrating the application of the theoretical Big Data Science knowledge gained in the core part of this degree. Students are expected to identify and work with a collaborator who is taking ownership for the project. This collaborator can either be an industry partner or a researcher within one of the participating departments. Projects will be based on the entire big data lifecycle as discussed in this degree programme. This includes the gathering of data of a significant size as well as a final technical report describing the process followed and the deliverables. Depending on the complexity of the project, students can apply to work in groups with a maximum of two members. The proposed project will be subject to approval by the Department Computer Science.

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