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CS429-15 Data Mining

Computer Science
Undergraduate Level 4
Module leader
Fayyaz ul Amir Afsar Minhas
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

Data Mining.

Module aims

Understanding of the value of data mining in solving real-world problems;
Understanding of foundational concepts underlying data mining;
Understanding of algorithms commonly used in data mining tools;
Ability to apply data mining tools to real-world problems.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Introduction to machine learning, basic concepts and motivation;
Data pre-processing and basic data transformations;
Regression models (linear regression, logistical regression);
Classification: decision trees, probabilistic generative models;
Model evaluation, bias-variance trade-off;
Ensemble methods: boosting, bagging & random forests;
Dimensionality reduction: Principal Component Analysis (PCA), T-distributed Stochastic Neighbour Embedding (t-SNE);
Introduction to deep learning, backpropagation, gradient descent;
Convolutional neural networks;
Word embeddings;
Sequence-to-sequence models;
Attention mechanisms and memory networks;
Unsupervised deep learning and generative models;
Transfer learning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Display a comprehensive understanding of different data mining tasks and the algorithms most appropriate for addressing them.
  • Evaluate models/algorithms with respect to their accuracy.
  • Demonstrate capacity to perform a self-directed piece of practical work that requires the application of data mining techniques.
  • Critique the results of a data mining exercise.
  • Develop hypotheses based on the analysis of the results obtained and test them.
  • Conceptualise a data mining solution to a practical problem.
Indicative reading list

Please see Talis Aspire link for most up to date list.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Research element

The students shall be required to explore the literature about latest methods related to classification and deep learning


Data mining lies at the intersection of statistics, computer science and mathematics.

Subject specific skills

Design of data mining solutions
Learning to develop novel algorithms related to machine learning
Conducting proper experiment design in machine learning

Transferable skills

Experiment design
Critical Thinking
How to conduct literature reviews

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)
Practical classes 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Private study 110 hours (73%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Private study should focus on the following components:

a. Assigned reading
b. Coding exercises
c. Assignment solution
d. Review of the lab component
e. Revision of the lecture slides


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group C1
Weighting Study time
Assignment 2 25%

Assignment 2. This assignment is worth more than 3 CATS and is not, therefore, eligible for self-certification.

Assignment 1 25%

Assignment 1. This assignment is worth more than 3 CATS and is not, therefore, eligible for self-certification.

In-person Examination 50%

CS429 MEng Examination.

  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
  • Students may use a calculator
Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
In-person Examination - Resit 100%

CS429 MEng resit examination

  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
  • Students may use a calculator
Feedback on assessment

Formative feedback will be provided in lab sessions and also during lectures where answers are given in class to short exercises.

Summative feedback:

  • Written feedback will be provided on the practical assignment and will be given electronically with explanation on the mark given.

Past exam papers for CS429


No Warwick module is required as pre-requisite. However familiarity with basic probability and statistics (for example: discrete and continuous random variables, densities and distributions, common distributions including Bernoulli, binomial, uniform and normal distribution, expectations) will be needed.


This module is Optional for:

  • Year 5 of UCSA-G504 MEng Computer Science (with intercalated year)
  • UCSA-G503 Undergraduate Computer Science MEng
    • Year 4 of G503 Computer Science MEng
    • Year 4 of G503 Computer Science MEng

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 4 of UCSA-G408 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 5 of UCSA-G409 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of UCSA-G4G3 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 5 of UCSA-G4G4 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics (with Intercalated Year)