- Class Number 6403
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Malcolm Sambridge
- Prof Malcolm Sambridge
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
Data science is the most powerful tool we have for separating scientific fact from fiction. The aim of this course is to provide an advanced background in statistical and computational techniques that are useful in the analysis and characterisation of Earth Science data. A focus will be placed on conceptual understanding of how specific data science techniques work and the situations in which they can and cannot be applied. The course will focus on practical examples, providing the opportunity for hands-on learning through the processing of data sets with Python. Specific topics to be discussed in lectures will be; Monte Carlo methods and solving problems with random numbers, bootstrapping, fitting parameters and probabilistic inference. Students will complete an individually-designed assignment tailored to their specific interests. The experience gained in this course will help students approach their own research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and explain the theoretical and practical aspects of a suite of statistical techniques employed commonly in quantitative Earth Science research.
- Evaluate Earth Science data sets in a critical manner using appropriate analysis techniques.
- Assess the quality of data needed to obtain specific goals.
- Critique the advantages, disadvantages and applicability of data science techniques to a range of problems in the Earth Sciences.
- Communicate effectively the foundations of specific data science tools to Earth Science research problems.
This course will involve in-class problem solving and a range of interactive examples. A strong focus is placed on understanding the basics of which method to use and how to solve problems of estimation and uncertainty.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Laptop for use on RSES Python-based server, or with Jupyter notebook python software installed for offline work.
Bring a laptop for working through interactive Python-based processing examples. We will access Python via the RSES server, so it is not necessary to install any specific software for the course. The server will be available both within and external to the ANU. Although students may use a jupyter python server installed on their local machine if they wish. In that case we advise you download and install Anaconda jupyter prior to course commencement. This option allows students to also work off line.
A basic knowledge of mathematics, Python coding and Jupyter notebooks is assumed. Many students will have previously taken EMSC4033/EMSC8033 and Introduction to python, which will be sufficient.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Correlation and Regression||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|3||Analytical Error propagation||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|4||Cluster Analysis & Dimension reduction||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|5||Mid Semester break|
|6||Introduction to linear and nonlinear parameter estimation|
|7||Parameter fitting, goodness of fit, and uncertainty -I||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|8||Parameter fitting, goodness of fit, and uncertainty -II||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|9||Monte Carlo error propagation and Bootstrap methods||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|10||Parameter search in weakly and strongly nonlinear problems||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|11||Bayesian Inference and Monte Carlo Sampling||Associated python based in class practicals (non assessed)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Take home assignment 1||50 %||20/09/2021||06/10/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Take home assignment 2||50 %||29/10/2021||02/12/2021||7,8,9,10,11,12|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
All students are expected to participate in the various components of the course. Participation is particularly important when working through the interactive examples on which the course is based.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Take home assignment 1
Students will receive feedback from python based practicals during the first thee weeks of the course immediately preceeding the mid-semester break. At the end of the three weeks students will be given a homework assignment that will involve processing a real data set using the techniques discussed in Weeks 1, 2, & 3 of the course. Your assignment should take the form of a Jupyter Notebook that contains both the code you developed to process the data and a detailed Markdown-based explanation of the steps you took and techniques you used. This explanation is a key component of the assignment, which should be detailed and include, for example, the equations you used, a description of the terms included in them, etc.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 7,8,9,10,11,12
Take home assignment 2
This is an individual homework assignment that will involve performing a series of tasks on a synthetic data set using the techniques discussed in Weeks 4, 5, & 6 (session 7-10) of the course. Your assignment should take the form of a Jupyter Notebook that contains both the code you developed to process the data and a detailed Markdown-based explanation of the steps you took and techniques you used. This explanation is a key component of the assignment, which should be detailed and include, for example, the equations you used, a description of the terms included in them, etc.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assessment grades will be uploaded to Wattle by the return date stated above. Students are encouraged to request specific assignment feedback from the appropriate member of the teaching team.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No. Take home assignments may not be re-submitted, but time extension may be granted with permission of teaching team member.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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data analysis, robust inference in the geosciences
Prof Malcolm Sambridge
Prof Malcolm Sambridge