36105 iLab 2
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Credit points: 12 cp
PostgraduateResult type: Grade, no marks
Requisite(s): 36100 Data Science for Innovation AND 36103 Statistical Thinking for Data Science AND 36106 Machine Learning Algorithms and Applications
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
This second innovation lab subject focuses students towards designing, realising and investigating a prototype in which they utilise contemporary techniques and large, complex, multi-structure data sets. Students develop project documentation and supporting artefacts in the lab environment suitable for adaption in a work experience context. They test new approaches from current research literature, or propose new studies, under the supervision of transdisciplinary staff. The lab environment fosters collaboration where students working individually and in groups openly share data and results of data explorations. Through taking responsibility for an aspect of a workflow to extract value, or alternatively, work on a subset or a thematic area of inquiry, each student also contributes to the work stream of a major project. Using a range of open data sets and suitable case studies, students hone their skills in framing questions useful for embarking upon discoveries, addressing gaps in knowledge or tackling problems. The work experience project extends the lab activities to provide students with an opportunity to pursue professional interests, whether involving not-for-profit communities, an entrepreneurial proposal or a nominated organisation. Students communicate the outcomes of their innovation lab and workplace investigations in various forms to relevant audiences.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
|1.||Identify the unknown patterns in big data sets and opportunities for analytic innovation by combining new sources of data and different analytic models|
|2.||Integrate new and open data sources with transdisciplinary research to enrich in-house data sense making, inform trends and propose new products or services|
|3.||Create value for industry clients through problem finding and problem solving in organisations and applying human centered approaches to data science investigations|
|4.||Effectively communicate a project’s vision, execution, value and outcomes to a range of stakeholders through critically assessing data sets and developing cogent and convincing multi-modal data narratives and client reports|
|5.||Respond to complex data challenges as ethical data professionals by managing data science projects and documenting practices to enable appropriate implementation of relevant policy and governance measures|
|6.||Take a leadership role in industry teams, defining and executing solutions to current data challenges, balancing specific stakeholder needs and values with organisational priorities|
|7.||Identify the changes necessary to create a future-focused, data driven organisation and apply human centered practices to build organisational capacity and innovation|
|8.||Build upon their transdisciplinary knowledge and skills to be an ‘agent of change’ in the data science profession.|
Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course outcomes:
- Critiquing trends and theoretical frameworks
Critique contemporary trends and theoretical frameworks in data science for relevance to one's own practice (2.1)
- Exploring, interpreting and visualising data
Explore, analyse, manipulate, interpret and visualise data using data science techniques, software and technologies to make sense of data rich environments (2.2)
- Understanding uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity
Understand and deal critically and openly with the uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity associated with people, systems and data (2.3)
- Designing and managing data investigations
Apply and assess data science concepts, theories, practices and tools for designing and managing data discovery investigations in professional environments that draw upon diverse data sources, including efforts to shed light on underrepresented components (2.4)
- Developing strategies for innovation
Explore, interrogate, generate, apply, test and evaluate problem-solving strategies to extract economic, business, social, strategic or other value from data (3.1)
- Examining and articulating data value
Critically examine the perceived value of data analytics outcomes and clearly articulate implications for different stakeholders and organisations (3.2)
- Working together
Develop a collaborative and team-oriented mindset to harness value for stakeholders to produce innovative solutions to challenges (3.3)
- Developing communication skills
Collaborate to develop and refine multimodal communication skills needed to successfully work in data science teams (4.1)
- Engaging audiences
Explore and craft interpretative narratives that engage key audiences with data analytics and potential significance for action, at a societal, industrial, organisational, group or individual levels (4.2)
- Informing decision making
Develop, test, justify and deliver data project propositions, methodologies, analytics outcomes and recommendations for informing decision-making, both to specialist and non-specialist audiences (4.3)
- Becoming a reflective data practitioner
Engage in active, reflective practice that supports flexible navigation of assumptions, alternatives and uncertainty in professional data science contexts (5.1)
- Embracing ethical responsibilities
Interrogate and justify ethical responsibilities related to data selection, access, analysis and governance to create a framework for practice (5.2)
- Leading data science
Take a leadership role in promoting positive change in data science contexts, recognising individual, organisational and community issues (5.3)
Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
The subject creates and opportunity for you to pursue your professional interests and carry out a real-world project in collaboration with stakeholders and the cohort. You apply a range of research-informed approaches to generate discoveries that are valuable in a given problem space. As part of this subject, you set your own learning goals and objectives and develop negotiated criteria for assessment.
So your experiences as a student in this subject support you to develop the following graduate attributes (GA):
GA 2 - Creative, analytical and rigorous sense making
GA 3 - Create value in problem solving and inquiry
GA 4 - Persuasive and robust communication
GA 5 - Ethical citizenship and leadership
Teaching and learning strategies
Transdisciplinary approach: Through a dynamic immersion into the world of designing creative, value-driven
solutions, a design laboratory brings together the theoretical and practical strands of data science innovation in this
first capstone iLab subject. An evolving, emergent approach to data science challenges is implemented in team
projects students choose to tackle over the session. Students work as innovators looking to add value to particular
organisational or community challenges to produce working prototypes that could be the seed for real organisational
innovation or a start-up enterprise at the end of session.
Team collaborations: students collaborate in design teams and utilise diverse perspectives to innovate and solve
problems in data science and innovation. Disruptive, controversial and speculative thinking, as well as reflection are
built upon to encourage critical approaches to working in teams.
Interactive workshops and masterclasses: Presentation and discussion formats involve introductions to innovative
practice as well as critical debate and reflection of learning in context. Dynamic and interactive workshop sessions
draw on speakers and trainers for workshops and master classes. These build upon in-class exercises and
presentations to provide opportunities to develop innovative practice suited to data science contexts.
Online work: Canvas and other online media applications continue to be used to share information and encourage
interaction between students, staff, stakeholders and experts drawn into the iLab program. Students post ongoing
research and notes towards their project work, some of which they share with peers and staff for the purposes of
Design journal: Individual work in a design journal will provide opportunities for personal reflection and integration of
the team's work on the emerging innovations. Regular feedback opportunities from peers and the iLab team are
available in class sessions and online. Portfolio thinking continues to frame students' curation, consolidation and
communication of evidence of their learning and development of graduate attributes and professional evolution.
- Key knowledge, skills and capabilities gained in the MDSI course to date
- Human-centred data innovation in the field
- Design-led innovation processes and mindsets in dynamic industry teams
- Innovation research for specific challenges and projects
- Achieving robust and unique outcomes to current and future data challenges.
Assessment task 1: Project Design Journal
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Weekly summaries 150-250 words or equivalent; Interim Summary 750-1000 words; Final selection 1500 words.
Assessment task 2: Client Report and Presentation
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
|Groupwork:||Group, group assessed|
Presentation 10 - 15 minutes. Briefing report 20 - 30 pages.
Assessment task 3: Project Synthesis and Self Evaluation
1, 2, 4 and 6
500 - 1000 words (exclusing appendices)
Students must attempt each assessment task and achieve an overall pass mark in order to pass this subject.
Late penalties apply to all assessment tasks as outlined in the FTDi FYI student booklet. Please consult this booklet for other useful information including Special Consideration, Plagiarism, Extension, and Student Support Services.
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