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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LBMH

SATAC Code
434221 (Packaged)
434171 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 85.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Prepare for your career as a data scientist and enter a thriving field where skilled professionals are in high demand1.
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Mathematics (Data Science)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) – it’s a direct pathway to postgraduate study.
  • UniSA’s research in the field of Mathematical Sciences, including applied and pure mathematics, is ranked well above world-class by 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
  • Learn to solve problems through quantifying and understanding data.
  • UniSA is ranked in the top ten nationally, and number one in South Australia, for full time employment in science and mathematics2.
  • Tailor your studies to your lifestyle, with part time study and some courses offered online.

1 McKinsey Global Institute. Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, May 2011
2 QILT Study Area indicator for Science & Mathematics

Snapshot

Snapshot

Data scientists are in increasing demand1 as more and more organisations seek to analyse and interpret vast amounts of data and make sure it is used in intelligent, valuable ways.

This degree is designed to produce job-ready graduates to meet this industry need, and to fill the growing range of work opportunities in the market. Successful data scientists draw on skills from a range of complementary disciplines, so this degree offers a balanced mix of mathematics, information technology and data science. In your final year you’ll complete an industry-based project to experience real-world challenges and gain workplace experience.

You will graduate ready to work in a data science role in industry or the public sector. Because data science is also a tool that supports research across an increasing range of disciplines, you could also choose to continue with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Industrial and Applied Mathematics), a Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours), or eventually a PhD.

Flexible study opportunities are available, you can study full-time or part-time, and some courses are available online. If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Mathematics (Data Science)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) - it's a direct pathway into postgraduate study.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Mathematics (Data Science)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 434221.

1 McKinsey Global Institute. Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, May 2011

Why Bachelor of Mathematics (Data Science)

Why this Degree

Mathematics degrees at UniSA share a common first year. Therefore at the end of first year you can change to the Industrial and Applied Mathematics specialisation if you wish, and retain credits for the courses you’ve already done.

UniSA’s School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences is the largest information and communications technology provider in South Australia. It is regarded as one of the leading Applied Mathematics departments in Australia.

Our world-class facilities at Mawson Lakes campus offer an inspiring learning environment such as the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub. Our students also benefit from UniSA’s lead role in the $88 million Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre.

Our degrees emphasise the development of critical thinking, creativity and hands-on learning to produce graduates who are in high demand. 

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – so you’ll have plenty of chances to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships.

Cooperative Research Centres

We are also proud to support a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) bringing together researchers and research users, with an emphasis on collaboration through utilisation, commercialisation and technology transfer.

We are home to the Centre for Applied and Industrial Mathematics, where researchers in pure and applied mathematics work together to discover, understand and interpret natural phenomena and apply mathematics to important industrial and social problems. The Centre also seeks to develop new research strengths in mathematics and statistics and train the next generation of mathematical scientists.

We also have the Defence and Systems Institute, which conducts research in the design, integration, and modelling of complex Defence and Engineering Systems.

As well as research, they also provide consulting services to organisations and government. All have state-of-the-art facilities with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students.

UniSA is also the national headquarters for an $88 million CRC in big data. The Data to Decisions CRC is set to boost national security. It places UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration. The CRC involves researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law from UniSA, the University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Carnegie Mellon University, with industry input from IT and systems integration companies, consulting companies and SMEs in collaboration with state and federal national security agencies.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

The field of data science field is evolving at a rapid rate. It will continue to grow as savvy business leaders integrate analytics into every facet of their organisations. Analytics, science, data, and reasoning are becoming embedded into decision-making processes, every day and everywhere in the business world1.

Careers to consider:

  • big data visualiser: using visualisation software to analyse data, drawing implications and communicating findings; providing input on database requirements for reporting/analytics; acquiring, managing and documenting data (e.g. geo-spatial); creating visualisations from data or GIS data analysis
  • data scientist: understanding interfaces, data migrations, big data and databases; taking the lead in processing raw data and determining the best types of analysis; mining large volumes of data to understand user behaviours and interactions; communicating data findings to IT leadership and business leaders to promote innovation
  • big data researcher: extracting data from relational databases; manipulating and exploring data using quantitative, statistical and visualisation tools; selecting appropriate modelling techniques so predictive models are developed using rigorous statistical processes; maintaining effective processes for validating and updating predictive models
  • data miner: collecting data from numerous databases; helping businesses to make decisions about how data should be analysed in areas such as expenses, profitability, and for other important business decisions

If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Mathematics (Data Science)/Master of Teaching (Secondary), it’s a direct pathway into postgraduate study.

1 Deloitte analytics trends 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In first year you’ll study core subjects in mathematics and IT. You will focus on building your mathematical and programming skills with courses that include calculus, statistical methods, fundamentals of programming, and databases.

You will then move into your applied data science studies. You’ll study cross-disciplinary areas such as web development, data structures and mathematical communication, and mathematical modelling.

In third year you’ll combine study and hands-on experience with courses in programming and networking, project management, and analytics. You will also complete an ICT industry-based project to strengthen your abilities in research, analysis, and interpretation of data.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • group and individual projects
  • examinations
  • essays, assignments and tests
  • reports and project documentation

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Calculus 1 MATH 1054 4.5
Statistical Methods MATH 1068 4.5
Problem Solving and Programming COMP 1039 4.5
Discrete Mathematics MATH 1043 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Calculus 2 MATH 1055 4.5
Linear Algebra MATH 1056 4.5
Programming Fundamentals COMP 1040 4.5
Database Fundamentals INFT 1020 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Statistical Foundations MATH 2020 4.5
Data Structures COMP 2012 4.5
Web Development INFT 2064 4.5
Interface Design, Interaction and Experience INFT 1004 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematical Communication MATH 2024 4.5
Mathematical Modelling MATH 1022 4.5
Data Analytics using R COMP 2032 4.5
Analytics for Decision Making INFS 3075 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Linear Programming and Networks MATH 2014 4.5
Predictive and Descriptive Analytics INFS 3076 4.5
Visualisation for Data Science INFS 3078 4.5
IT Project Management INFT 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Text and Social Media Analytics INFS 3077 4.5
Survival Analytics MATH 3039 4.5
ICT Project INFT 3025 9

As well as doing research in mathematics, I am also interested in improving the way mathematics is communicated to students and the public in general. My research interests include partial differential equations, analysis, and probability.

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

To apply:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

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