Data Preparation and Understanding

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The course provides students with an understanding of relevant data formats and methods for harvesting large-scale data about user behaviour, interaction, and/or opinions. More specifically, the course is focused on digital, online traces of user behaviour and how to identify, collect, prepare, and make sense of such data. Students are prompted to reflect on the scope and feasibility of different research designs, including their data requirements and the implications for data processing and ethics.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

In this module students will acquire knowledge of:

  • Data formats

  • Methods for collecting and processing data

  • Legal and ethical principles related to (online) data harvesting and usage.

Skills

In this module students will acquire skills in:

  • Asking data-driven questions about research problems

  • Identifying, comparing, and selecting relevant techniques for collecting data about user behavior, interaction, and/or opinions

  • Constructing relevant data sets

  • Explaining the data set’s construction, limitations and potential use cases.

Competences

In this module students will acquire competences in:

  • Relating theories and methods to real-world cases

  • Evaluating the practical and ethical dimensions of a data-driven project in relation to specific research designs

  • Taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to the identification, harvesting, preparation, and understanding of relevant research data.

Exam

Exams

Name of examData Preparation and Understanding
Type of exam
Written exam
Duration of examination: 4 hours. The exam is evaluated by an internal examiner. A second internal examiner will be included in case of an assignment is given a failed assessment.
ECTS5
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe examination must demonstrate that the student can fulfil the objectives outlined above regarding knowledge and understanding, skills and competencies.

Facts about the module

Danish titleDataforberedelse og forståelse
Module codeKAINFOS179
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities
SchoolSchool of Music, Music Therapy, Psychology, Art, Communication and Technology