DATA417-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

The Trustworthy Data Scientist

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course will stimulate students to think about the ethical facets of their data scientific projects and provide them with conceptual and practical tools to assess said project. The ethics and security of data collection, storage, manipulation, analysis and communication is of paramount importance in our information based society. This course faces these topics from the point of view of data scientists-rather than consumers or data subjects-enabling the student to become trustworthy professionals. The students will learn to identify risk and opportunities related to fairness, agency, interpretability, and security. Maori Data Sovereignty, Te Mana Raraunga, and its relevance for data scientist in New Zealand will be introduced. The course will follow a flipped class-room flow. Fundamental concepts will be first introduce via guided discussions and hands-on-data exercises during the laboratories. In the lectures, the understanding of concepts and tools introduced in the laboratories is made rigorous and generalised.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 315
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Giulio Dalla Riva

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

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  • DATA417-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024