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BSc Data Science Project

Short name: PROJDATA
SITS code:
Credits: 30
Level: 6
Module leader: Taolue Chen


The main aims of the project are to offer students the opportunity to:

  • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of an agreed problem in the area of data science.
  • Plan and execute a major piece of programming work appropriate to the BSc programme.
  • Critically present existing approaches in the problem area, position their own approach within the area and evaluate their contribution.

Gain experience in communicating complex ideas/concepts and approaches/techniques to others by writing a comprehensive, self-contained report.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be expected to be able to:

Subject Specific:

  • a knowledge of programming (S1),
  • software engineering (S4),
  • knowledge of data science tools, techniques and applications (S6),
  • an appreciation of research topics related to data science (S7).


  • to develop designs for information systems (I3),
  • the ability to analyse data using appropriate methods (I5),
  • to plan and carry out a project with a focus on data science spanning several months (I6),
  • to perform abstract thinking and to exhibit abstraction skills (I7).


  • the ability to write programs in appropriate programming languages (P1),
  • to create and document a design using an appropriate modelling language (P2),
  • to use a coherent information system development process (P3)
  • to use tools to analyse data (P4).

Personal and Social:

  • to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (PS1),
  • to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (PS2),
  • to conduct a critical appraisal of material synthesised from research papers (PS3),
  • to communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (PS4),
  • to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively (PS5),
  • to advance further their knowledge, skills and understanding (PS6).


The main part of this module will be completed by the student on their own. There is a small taught component of the module in which students are acquainted with:

  • How to formulate the objectives and aims of a BSc project.
  • How to write a project proposal.
  • How to organise and plan the project.
  • How to undertake a literature review.
  • How to write a project report.

Timetables, locations and term dates

Programme specific timetables are listed in the handbooks available for each programme. Please consult the relevant programme page.

Enrolled students can find their personal teaching timetable and the location of classes on their My Birkbeck profile.


  • Written Project proposal (10% of total grade): 1500 words (+/- 10%)
  • Project Portfolio (90% of total grade): A significant and original piece of software that demonstrates design competence and technical prowess. Plus a 7000-10000 word (+/- 10%) report.