Introduction to Data Science

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

In today's information era we are increasingly faced with major data science challenges in research, business and society. Data science is a collection of methods to extract knowledge from different types of often large and complex data. In this course, you will get an overview of the whole data science pipeline, including data collection, data preprocessing, data mangagement, data analysis with statistical, machine learning and visualisation methods, and deploying data science solutions. We will also study ethical and societal issues related to data science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student should be able to

  • explain the basic prinsiples of each step in the data science pipeline
  • compare different approaches in each step of the data science pipeline

The student should be able to

  • preprocess and manage real wolrd data sets
  • analyze and visualize real-worl data sets
  • successfully implement and deploy a data science project

General competence
The student should be able to

  • discuss successful examples of how data science can be used in different contexts in society
  • discuss ethical condiserations related to data science projects

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Programming skills, INF100 or equivalent.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, max. 4 hours per week
Exercises, 2 hours per week
Independent and group projects
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Approved compulsory exercises. Compulsory assignments are valid for two semesters; the semester the assignments were conducted and the subsequent one.
Forms of Assessment
Portfolio assessment. The portfolio consists of hand-ins and 3 hours written on-campus-exam. On-campus-exams and hand-ins must be passed. The weighting is announced on mittuib at the start of the semester.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
None-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.