5585 Data Processing 1
Univ.Prof. Dr. Axel Polleres, Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Stefan Sobernig
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/14/19 to 02/17/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/05/19 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 03/05/19 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 03/12/19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.0.01 ERSTE
Tuesday 03/12/19 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 03/19/19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 03/19/19 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Monday 03/25/19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.2.03
Monday 03/25/19 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 04/02/19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM D1.1.078
Tuesday 04/02/19 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 04/09/19 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM D1.1.074
Tuesday 04/09/19 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Tuesday 04/30/19 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM EA.6.026

This fast-paced class is intended for getting students interested in data science up to speed:

We start with an introduction to the field of "Data Science" and into the overall Data Science Process.

The primary focus of the rest of the course is on gaining fundamental knowledge for Data processing, that is, preparation, cleansing and storage of data, which typically takes the largest part of any data science project. We will learn how to deal with different data formats and how to use methods and tools to integrate data from various sources, plus how to resolve quality issues such as duplicates, encoding errors, missing values, etc. within raw data.

The integrated data can then be used for further data analytics tasks (cf. course 2 in this SBWL).

The students will practice approaches and techniques using the Python programming language in an interactive environment.

All course material will be available at:

    Learning outcomes

    Overall, students shall gain fundamental knowledge for dealing with different data formats and in using methods and tools to integrate data from various sources in this course. This includes:
    * Hands-on experience in processing and preparing data for data science tasks with Python.
    * An understanding of how to use the Python standard library to write programs, access the various data science tools.
    * Working knowledge of the Python tools ideally suited for data science tasks, including:
        * Accessing data (e.g., tabular (CSV), tree (JSON), graph shaped (RDF) data but also databases)
        * Cleansing and normalizing data
        * Sorting, filtering and grouping data
        * Tools and algorithms for data transformation
        * Connection to and loading data into a database system and indexing techniques, for faster access of data in a database

    Attendance requirements

    The attendance of at least 80% of the course units is a mandatory criterion.

    Presence in the first lesson is required.

    Teaching/learning method(s)
    The course will focus on in-class code walkthroughs to present high-quality, well-commented code that students can later reference.
    The course will balance project work and small homework assignments.
    The students will be able to apply new learned concepts and methods directly in the class using real world Open Data data sources.

    The assessment will be based on the following:

    • 20% quizzes
    • 45% homework assignments
    • 30% team project
    • 5% entry exam

    The attendance of at least 80% of the course units is a mandatory criterion.

    Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

    The SBWL entry is coupled with an entry course consisting of 2 3hrs tutorials and an exam, cf. course 1516.


    Please be aware that for all courses in this SBWL registration is only possibly for students who successfully have completed the entry course (Einstieg in die SBWL: Data Science).

    Note that for courses within the SBWL "Data Science" we can only accept students enrolled in one of WU's bachelor programmes who qualify for starting an SBWL; particularly, we cannot accept students from other courses and programmes enrolled at WU as 'Mitbeleger' only.

    Availability of lecturer(s)

    If you have questions on the course or on the homework, proceed as follows:

    • Post to the dedicated forum, if available/ applicable.
    • Send an email to the lecturers with the subject line containing: "[5585 Data Processing 1]"


    Last edited: 2019-03-25