• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Christen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Large amounts of data are increasingly being collected by public and private organisations, and research projects.  Additionally, the Internet provides a very large source of information about almost every aspect of human life and society.

This course provided a practical focus on the technology and research in the area.  It focuses on the algorithms and techniques and less on the mathematical and statistical foundations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students participating this course will learn about:

  • The data mining process and important issues around data cleaning, pre-processing and integration;
  • The main concepts of data warehousing;
  • The principle algorithms and techniques used in data mining, such as clustering, association mining, classification and prediction;
  • The various application and current research areas in data mining, such as Web and text mining, stream data mining;
  • Ethical and social impacts of data mining.
  • Practical lab sessions using a state-of-the-art open source data mining tool will allow students to gain expertise in 'hands on data' mining, while tutorial sessions covering overview research papers will highlight important data mining issues in more depth.

Other Information

This course can be studied for credit in the following programs:
Master of Computing/Master of Computing Honours
Graduate Studies
and as an elective in other programs.

Indicative Assessment

Two assignments (18% each); Paper presentation and report (14%); Final examination (50%)

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One two-hour lecture per week, four laboratories and four or five tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Computing.

Prescribed Texts

Han, Kamber and Pei: Data Mining - Concepts and Techniques, 3rd edition, 2011.

Preliminary Reading


Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge is equivalent to having studied at least an introductory database course and intermediate programming and data structure courses.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1892 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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