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Data Analytics

Enhance productivity and help make more informed decisions, while using your Computer Science and Statistical analysis skills, through Data Analytics.

Data Analytics

Data Analytics is the combination of Computer Science and Statistics. With the massive amount of data that is collected today, we need to have the computing skills to manipulate and extract relevant data prior to performing statistical analyses, which enables us to make informed decisions in a world where variability is everywhere.

Data Analytics provides you with the skills and techniques for manipulating and administering large databases to extract useful information for statistical analyses.

As a Data Analytics graduate from the University of Waikato you will have the ability to use statistical techniques in a number of industries, from healthcare to travel to energy management.  Your skills will help companies to make better decisions as well as to verify and disprove existing theories.

Computing facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand.  Our senior computing laboratory has a network of PCs running Linux and Windows.  All students will have 24 hour access to labs equipped with the latest versions of specialist statistical software packages, including Minitab, R, Mathematica, Matlab and C++.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton

Career opportunities

  • Biometrics
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Government Statistician
  • Industrial Statistician
  • Insurance and Finance
  • Market Researcher
  • Medical Statistician
  • Operational Researcher

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc...
STATS111Statistics for Science18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper provides a first course in statistics for students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Microsoft Excel is used throughout. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data.
STATS121Introduction to Statistical Methods18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to statistical data collection and analysis. Topics include general principles for statistical problem solving; some practical examples of statistical inference; and the study of relationships between variables using regression analysis.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX223Database Practice and Experience18A (Hamilton)
This paper approaches the subject of databases from a practical perspective - how do I create a database and how do I retrieve/update data. Both aspects are heavily addressed in this paper. Database creation and querying, using SQL, will be introduced in lectures as you will master practical skills associated with a commercial Data...
CSMAX270Cultural Perspectives for Computing and Mathematical Sciences18B (Hamilton)
The paper provides students with an understanding of scientific and culture-specific perspectives on computing and mathematical science issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
STATS221Statistical Data Analysis18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the R programming language which is used to investigate a collection of real data sets. Analysis of variance, multiple regression, non parametric methods and time series are covered.
STATS226Bayesian Statistics18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces statistical methods from a Bayesian perspective, which gives a coherent approach to the problem of revising beliefs given relevant data. It is particularly relevant for data analytics, statistics, mathematics and computer science.
STATS260Management Statistics18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
An in-depth introduction to statistical thinking and concepts for managers. It includes understanding variability, problem solving methods, need for and use of data, analysing attribute or qualitative data, sampling estimation and margins of error, simple linear regression, multiple regression, forecasting and decision theory.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMP321Practical Data Mining18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper is a practical introduction to data mining. It covers important aspects of the data mining process such as feature selection, model building, parameter tuning and final evaluation.
ENGG381Engineering Statistics18A (Hamilton)
Aimed specifically at Engineering students, this paper covers statistical models, experimentation for quality design and control, process measurement and improvement, statistical process control and capability, and reliability.
STAT321Advanced Data Analysis18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the use of statistical packages for data analysis and modelling. The emphasis is on observational rather than experimental data. The topics covered are regression modelling and its generalisations, and multivariate analysis.
STAT323Design and Analysis of Experiments and Surveys18A (Hamilton)
This paper outlines the principles and practicalities of designing and analysing experiments and surveys, with emphasis on the design.
STAT326Computational Bayesian Statistics18B (Hamilton)
Bayesian inference can be performed on random samples from the posterior distribution, even when it is known only in the proportional form. A sample from a candidate distribution can be reshaped, or the sample can be drawn from a Markov chain that has the posterior as its long-run distribution (MCMC). In this paper, the emphasis is...
STAT352Statistics for Quality Improvement18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamentals of quality from a statistical point of view, statistical process control and capability, and process design and improvement, and includes the design of industrial experiments.
STAT390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
STAT502Advanced Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime Science18B (Hamilton)
This paper considers advanced quantitative techniques that can be used to identify and forecast crime event patterns.
STAT521Computational Statistics18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers maximum likelihood estimation, and the fitting of advanced regression models including non-linear models, mixture models and their generalisations. It will take a practical approach stressing the use of R packages and WinBugs or OpenBugs Bayesian software.
STAT522Statistical Inference18B (Hamilton)
Statistical inference will be considered from both the classical and Bayesian perspectives.
STAT525Topics in Statistics18A (Hamilton)
No description available.
STAT531Multivariate Analysis18B (Hamilton)
This paper will develop skills in the use of statistical packages for data analysis and modelling and an understanding of the key inferential concepts of interval estimation, significance testing, and model selection. The emphasis is on observational rather than experimental data.
STAT533Study Design and Statistical Inference18A (Hamilton)
This paper outlines the principles and practicalities of designing and analysing experiments and surveys, with emphasis on the design. The concepts of statistical inference are presented, with an emphasis on estimation.
STAT536Bayesian Inference18B (Hamilton)
This paper extends material taught in STAT326 and studies advanced topics in Bayesian methods, including advanced MCMC methods, sequential MC methods, non-MCMC methods, and theoretical foundations of Bayesian inference.

Claire Forsythe The MSc gave Claire the opportunity to expand her skills and knowledge, which she has been able to apply to her everyday work.

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New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Open

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.
Closing Date: 31 Jul 2018

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