Current Deakin Students
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The Graduate Certificate of Data Science covers a wide spectrum of subject areas, including modern data science concepts, statistical data analysis, descriptive analytics and machine learning. You will be equipped with the theory, methodologies, techniques and tools of modern data science and the ability to confidently work with any type of data, to identify trends, make predictions, draw conclusions, drive innovations, make decisions, and to share information that influences people.
This course gives you the essential skills and knowledge for employment across a range of industries and prepares you for further studies in Data Science.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.Read More
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Data Science, students must attain 4 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 4 credit points, you’ll need to study 4 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The course comprises a total of 4 credit points, which must include the following:
- Four (4) core Introductory Data Science Studies units (SIT720, SIT741, SIT742, MIS771) (4 credit points)
- Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
2019 Course Information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline, plus a minimum of 2 years related work experience OR
- a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in a related discipline
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Further study options:
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Data Science, you could use the credit points you’ve earned to enter into further study, including:
S777 Master of Data Science
Why choose Deakin
Graduates of this course are prepared for professional employment across all sectors as data science specialists. Professionals with a solid knowlege in data science and strong skills for analysing and interpreting data in today's data-rich economy are in high demand and may find careers as data analysts, data scientists, analytics programmers, analytics managers, analytics consultants, business analysts, management advisors, management analysts, business advisors and strategists, marketing managers, market research analysts and marketing specialists.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Develop data analytics solutions based on user requirements by applying coherent knowledge of the analytics discipline using various machine learning and big data analytics tools and techniques. Apply statistical analysis and visualisation techniques appropriately to interpret analytics outcomes.
Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to a range of data analytics problems and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences.
Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, evaluate and disseminate both technical and professional information.
Appraise information using logical and analytical thinking to identify user requirements and propose appropriate solutions.
Design solutions for automating data analysis processes by applying foundational technical knowledge and tools.
Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to user problems and actively apply fundamental knowledge of data seince and methodologies to meet user requirements.
Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project.
Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the collection, processing, and presentation of data.
Approved by Faculty Board 6 September 2018
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