This unit introduces students to the powerful and topical discipline of Data Science. By the end of the unit they will know how to use data to investigate problems and make changes to the world around them. Students will interact with both global and local data sets and gain an understanding of how visualising data can help with the process of identifying patterns and trends. Towards the end of the unit, the students will go through the steps of the investigative cycle to try to solve a problem in the school using data.



Data Science - Overview

This resource provides a unit overview for the Year 9 ‘Data Science' unit of work. It gives a clear overview of objectives to be covered within each session and a learning graph to show the range of skills being developed through this computing unit.


Lesson 1 - Delving Into Data Science

The aim of this lesson is to introduce the learners to data science, and in particular, how visualising data can help us to provide insights that may not be as obvious when looking at raw data. The learners will investigate a couple of historical examples that highlight the value in visualising data, before using...

Lesson 2 - Global Data

The previous lesson gave learners an introductory level of understanding of the purpose of data science. In this lesson, they will gain a better understanding of how ever-improving advances in technology have made it more feasible to collect, store, and analyse much larger data sets than previously. The learners...

Lesson 3 - Statistical State Of Mind

The focus of this lesson is to introduce the learners to the investigative cycle PPDAC (problem, plan, data, analyse, conclusion) and apply part of this cycle to a data set about roller coasters. The learners start this lesson where they left...