Analyzing and Visualizing Data Executive Program Practical Connection Assignment

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Executive Program Practical Connection Assignment

At UC, it is a priority that students are provided with strong educational programs and courses that allow them to be servant-leaders in their disciplines and communities, linking research with practice and knowledge with ethical decision-making. This assignment is a written assignment where students will demonstrate how this course research has connected and put into practice within their own career.

Provide a reflection of at least 500 words (or 2 pages double spaced) of how the knowledge, skills, or theories of this course have been applied, or could be applied, in a practical manner to your current work environment. If you are not currently working, share times when you have or could observe these theories and knowledge could be applied to an employment opportunity in your field of study.


  • Provide a 500 word (or 2 pages double spaced) minimum reflection.
  • Use of proper APA formatting and citations. If supporting evidence from outside resources is used those must be properly cited.
  • Share a personal connection that identifies knowledge and theories specific to this course.
  • Demonstrate a connection to your current work environment. If you are not employed, demonstrate a connection to your desired work environment.

You should NOT, provide an overview of the assignments assigned in the course. The assignment asks that you reflect how the knowledge and skills obtained through meeting course objectives were applied or could be applied in the workplace.

NOTE: Do not self-plagiarize.

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School of Computer and Information Sciences COURSE SYLLABUS Course Information ITS530 - A06 Analyzing & Visualizing Data Spring 2021 First Bi-Term Course Format: Online CRN: 21912 Instructor Information Name: Dr. Kathy McClure Email: Phone: By Appointment Office Location: Remote Office Hours/Preferred Contact Times: By appointment Course Description This course is intended to introduce students to modern programs and technologies that are useful for organizing, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data. We start with an overview of the R language, which will become the foundation for your work in this class. Then we’ll move on to other useful tools, including working with regular expressions, basic UNIX tools, XML, and SQL. Course Objectives Upon completion of this course: 1. Become a contributor on a data science team 2. Deploy a structured lifecycle approach to data analytics problems, 3. Apply appropriate analytic techniques and tools to analyzing big data Learner Outcomes Prepare students to have the technical knowledge and concepts and practices of Computer Information Technology Prepare students to analyze, visualize and get insight of the data Prepare students to think critically about the concepts and practices of Computer Information Technology Course Website Access to the course website is required via the iLearn portal on the University of the Cumberlands website: or Required Books and Resources Title: Data Visualisation ISBN: 9781473966307 Authors: Andy Kirk Publisher: SAGE Publication Date: 2016-06-21 Course Required text can be found and purchased via the UC Barnes and Noble Bookstore: Requirements and Policies Academic Integrity/Plagiarism At a Christian liberal arts university committed to the pursuit of truth and understanding, any act of academic dishonesty is especially distressing and cannot be tolerated. In general, academic dishonesty involves the abuse and misuse of information or people to gain an undeserved academic advantage or evaluation. The common forms of academic dishonesty include: Cheating – using deception in the taking of tests or the preparation of written work, using unauthorized materials, copying another person’s work with or without consent, or assisting another in such activities. Lying – falsifying, fabricating, or forging information in either written, spoken, or video presentations. Plagiarism—using the published writings, data, interpretations, or ideas of another without proper documentation Plagiarism includes copying and pasting material from the internet into assignments without properly citing the source of the material. Episodes of academic dishonesty are reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The potential penalty for academic dishonesty includes a failing grade on a particular assignment, a failing grade for the entire course, or charges against the student with the appropriate disciplinary body. Attendance Policy Course enrollment and participation will be monitored and verified for all students during the first two weeks of classes. Lack of participation during this time may jeopardize enrollment status. Each student is expected to meet course expectations by completing the coursework required each week. Active participation and staying abreast of the material is essential to success. Program specific attendance policies may still apply. Participation Policy Students are expected to actively participate in an intelligent discussion of assigned topics in all areas, such as: Discussion Board Activities, Synchronous Sessions, Forums, Shared Papers, etc. Disability Accommodations University of the Cumberlands accepts students with certified disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations for their certified needs in the classroom, in housing, in food service or in other areas. For accommodations to be awarded, a student must submit a completed Accommodations Application form and provide documentation of the disability to the Disability Services Coordinator (Mr. Jacob Ratliff, Boswell Campus Center, Student Services Office Suite, When all paperwork is on file, a meeting between the student and the Coordinator will be arranged to discuss possible accommodations before accommodations are formally approved. Students must then meet with the Coordinator at the beginning of each semester before any academic accommodations can be certified for that term. Certifications for other accommodations are normally reviewed annually. Academic Appeal Both undergraduate and graduate students have the right to challenge a grade. If discussions with the course instructor and department chair do not lead to a satisfactory conclusion, students may file a formal written appeal with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will forward the appeal to the chair of the Academic Appeals Committee. This formal written appeal must be filed by the end of the 4th week of classes in the next regular term following the term in which the course in question was taken. The Academic Appeals Committee then gathers information from the student, the instructor, and any other relevant parties. The Committee will deliver its recommendation on the complaint to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. After reviewing this recommendation and concurring or amending it, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will inform the student and instructor of the disposition of the complaint no later than the last day of classes of the term in which the complaint was filed. Records of all actions regarding academic grade appeals, including their final disposition, are maintained by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Academic Appeals Committee. (Undergraduate Catalog/Graduate Catalog) Student Responsibilities Students should: Use University of the Cumberlands email system for all academic, administrative, and co-curricular communication between faculty, staff and peers. Check for email and class announcements using iLearn (primary) and University of the Cumberlands webmail (secondary) daily. Demonstrate Cumberlands Character in and outside the classroom per the University Mission & Vision Ensure you have consistent required technology for the course Participate in courses regularly to: Find announcements and updates Complete assignments on time. Keep in mind that all deadlines use Eastern Standard Time (EST). Engage in discussion Connect with fellow students and faculty Present written work in an academic and professional manner. Take examinations on the designated dates and times. Students should make arrangements with faculty before the designated date for any needed accommodations. Contact faculty or student success coordinator with questions or concerns. Course Policies The only authorized electronic means of academic, administrative, and cocurricular communication between the University of the Cumberlands and its students is through the UCumberlands email system. Each student is responsible for monitoring their University email account frequently. Important program information is sent to this e-mail account specifically from the campus, program office, and your instructor. Students should check for class announcements and email using iLearn and the University of the Cumberlands’ webmail. All course work must be submitted through Blackboard. Late assignments are not accepted. Permission to submit course work is removed after the due date and time has passed. Keep in mind that all deadlines are set using eastern standard time (EST). Written work must be documented professionally. Work that lacks professionalism will not be evaluated and will be returned as unacceptable. There is a craft to writing. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and diction (word usage) are all tools of that craft. Writing at the collegiate level will show careful attention to these elements of craft. Work that does not exhibit care concerning these elements will be considered as inadequate for college writing and graded accordingly. Course Activities and Experiences Students are expected to: Review any assigned reading material and prepare responses to the homework assigned Actively participate in activities, assignments, and discussions Evaluate and react to each other’s work in a supportive, constructive manner Complete specific assignments and exams when specified and in a professional manner Utilize learned technologies for class assignments Connect content knowledge from core courses to practical training placement and activities Writing Expectations Learning outcomes for candidates’ writing competencies include clarity of thought, discernment in planning and organization, and integration of evidence and criteria. It is expected that students will have knowledge of appropriate documentation and use it where applicable when using references. APA 7 format is required and style of notation to credit all sources of information. There is a craft to writing. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and diction (word usage) are all tools of that craft. Writing at the collegiate level will show careful attention to these elements of craft. Work that does not exhibit care concerning these elements will be considered as inadequate for college writing and graded accordingly. All written assignments, unless otherwise instructed, shall be submitted in APA 7 format. Links to Support UC Academic Catalog: UC Student Handbook: Academic Resources & Writing Center: Library: Bookstore: About University of the Cumberlands: Instructions for Accessing, Downloading, and Activating Office 365 Pro Plus (free for UC Students): Course Evaluation Students are evaluated as follows: Assignments will account for 68% or 680 points of the overall grade. There are six assignments within the course. Discussion board entries will be 12% or 120 points of the overall grade. There will be graded discussion topics four times during the course. The initial post is required by Wednesday. Two follow-on peer response posts are required and can be posted anytime throughout the course week. There two exams; each test is worth 10% or 100 points for a total of 20% or 200 points of the final grade. Quizzes are for self-evaluation and mastering the course content. The quizzes will also help students prepare for the exams and assignments. The quizzes are not required and do not contribute to the final grade. Area Discussion board Percentage Points 12% 120 Assignments 68% 680 Exams 20% 200 100% 1000 Course total Each course week is Monday through Sunday. Grading Scale Graded work will receive a numeric score reflecting the quality of performance as given above in evaluation methods. The overall course grade will be determined according to the following scale: A = 900 – 1000 (90% - 100%) B = 800 – 899 (80% - 89%) C = 700 – 799 (70% - 79%) F < 699 (Below 69%) Course Schedule Weekly Readings/Topics Assignments and Due Dates Unit Week 1 January 4 - For the first week, review Discussion board: Introduce the Getting Started yourself Three posts are required: the initial post by Wednesday and two peer responses. section within iLearn January 10 Reading: Chapter 2 & 4 Ungraded assignments Lecture topics: Raw data to useful information: The process Introduction into R and RStudio Week 2 January 11 January 17 University of Cumberlands’ Pledge* Required! Quiz Reading: Chapter 5 Discussion board: The onset of Lecture topics: data analysis Three posts are required: the initial post by Wednesday and two peer responses. Collecting, Cleaning, and Manipulating, and analyzing data Introduction: Visual Analysis Week 3 Install R and RStudio* Required! Reading: Chapter 6 Ungraded assignment Quiz Discussion board: Using visualizations to misrepresent January 18 January 24 Lecture topic: Introduction: Random Forest Regression Modeling Advanced Methods: Random Forest Regression Modeling data Three posts are required: the initial post by Wednesday and two peer responses. Outline for Research Assignment 1 Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time Ungraded assignment Quiz Week 4 Reading: Chapter 7 Exam 1 Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time January 25 January 31 Lecture topics: Introduction: Random Forest Classification Modeling Research Assignment 1 Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time Ungraded assignment Quiz Week 5 February 1 February 7 Reading: Chapter 8 Discussion board: Analysis Lecture topics: methods Three posts are required: the initial post by Wednesday and two peer responses. Advanced Methods: Random Forest Classification Modeling Outline for Research Assignment 2 Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time Practical Connection Assignment Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time Ungraded assignment Quiz Week 6 Reading: Chapter 9 Exam 2 Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time February 8 February 14 Lecture topics: Introduction: Time Series Analysis Advanced Methods: Time Series Analysis Research Assignment 2 Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time Week 7 Reading: Chapter 10 Group Capstone Research Project February 15 February 21 Lecture topic: Introduction: Programming Efficiently Due October 11 Within Group Peer Review Due Sunday, 11:59 PM eastern time Ungraded assignments Schedule presentation* Required! Discussion board: How can this course change to better prepare the students for practical use? Week 8 Presentation Please note that the February 22 – As scheduled in week 7 course ends on a Thursday. February 26 Syllabus Disclaimer This syllabus contains important information critical to your success in this course. It includes guidelines for this course and the instructor’s current expectations about content, schedule, and requirements necessary for each student to achieve the best educational results. While you must review and become familiar with the contents of this syllabus, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments or change in the syllabus from time to time. Any changes to the syllabus will be discussed with the students. ...
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