Bachelor of Science in Data Science

Program Description

Data is the oil of future. Writing efficient algorithms that extracts useful insights and knowledge from the sheer volume of heterogeneous data is demand of the current market. The focus of bachelor’s degree in data science is to equip students to transform data into actionable insights for complex business decisions. The degree of data science will strengthen the theoretical, mathematical, statistical and programming background of students and will polish their skills with practical hands-on business problems and data-driven solutions. The data science degree covers ETL and all phases of the data science process including data understanding, cleaning, preprocessing, exploration, modeling and implementation.

Why Study at PAF IAST?

Location and Ambience

Natural mountains nestle PAF IAST that flank its campus from all sides. The institute offers one  ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. Furthermore, to its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Moreover, set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. This results in an ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity. Most importantly, major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila, and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour. 

Technology Advancement and Foreign Partnership

This institute is an emerging center of excellences, with its own technology park. Therefore, all faculty members hold PhD degrees in appropriate disciplines. By virtue of its wide array of facilities and the facilitation for its students to learn. Furthermore, they benefit both from classroom teaching and faculty trained at premier Austrian universities/institutions. The institution is ideally cut out for imparting state-of–the-art engineering and allied education in Pakistan. Moreover, the institute enjoys close linkages with top ranking universities in Austria and China. As a result, we have already concluded with them formal agreements regarding student and faculty exchange programs, provision of dual degrees in certain areas, and the training support from foreign faculty. 

Academia-Industry Relationship

There is a strong relationship between academia and industry. As a result, this paves the way for job opportunities for students even in the midst of their studies. PAF IAST will serve as a welcome platform for the industry to share their requirements for a skilled workforce. Therefore, this will enable the institute to incorporate their valuable inputs in practical vocational training and expose the students to industrial perspectives.

On-Spot Industry Internship

Firstly, it will be a mandatory requirement for every student to do an internship every semester in an appropriate industry. Secondly, this will garner them practical experience related to their respective degree programs. To crown it all, Technology Park will afford them rare opportunities to apply themselves innovatively and become promising entrepreneurs.

Need and Merit-based Scholarships

Different types of local and foreign scholarship opportunities are available on need and merit base.

Associated Careers

Data Science is the emerging field of IT and Computer Science which in not limited to only one skill, but it is an integration of multiple theoretical, technological and practical areas. That is why Harvard Business Review declared Data Scientist as the in-demand job of the 21st century. Data Science is applied in different domains of industries and their related data, so every industry needs the skilled people of data science. Some associated data science careers are: Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Business Analyst, Big Data Engineer, Solutions Architect, Big Data Developer, Data Analyst, Big Data Architect, Database Administrator, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Visualization Architect, and Algorithm Engineer.

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Data Scientist

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Big Data Engineer

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Big Data Developer

Data Visualization Architect

BSDS Course Curriculum

Semester 1

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

Total

COMP-102

Introduction to ICT

2

 

2

COMP-102L

Introduction to ICT Lab

 

1

1

COMP-111

Programming Fundamentals

3

 

3

COMP-111L

Programming Fundamentals Lab

 

1

1

SS-101

Functional English

2

 

2

MTH-101

Calculus and Analytical Geometry

3

 

3

PHY-101

Applied Physics

3

 

3

PHY-101L

Applied Physics Lab

 

1

1

Semester 2

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

Total

COMP-112

Object Oriented Programming

3

 

3

COMP-112L

Object Oriented Programming Lab

 

1

1

MTH-204

Linear Algebra

3

 

3

MTH-206

Probability and Statistics

3

 

3

SS-102

Communication Skills

2

 

2

EE-101

Digital Logic Design

3

 

3

EE-101L

Digital Logic Design Lab

 

1

1

COMP-121

Discrete Structures

3

 

3

Semester 3

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

Total

COMP-201

Data Structures and Algorithms

3

 

3

COMP-201L

Data Structures and Algorithms Lab

 

1

1

COMP-291

Information Security

3

 

3

COMP-342

Artificial Intelligence

3

 

3

COMP-342L

Artificial Intelligence Lab

 

1

1

MTH-203

Differential Equations

3

 

3

COMP-261

Comp. Organization and Assembly Lang.

3

 

3

COMP-261L

Comp. Organization and Assembly Lang. Lab

 

1

1

Semester 4

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

 

COMP-353

Computer Networks

3

 

3

COMP-353L

Computer Networks Lab

 

1

1

COMP-222

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

3

 

3

COMP-233

Introduction to Data Science

2

 

2

COMP-233L

Introduction to Data Science Lab

 

1

1

MTH-207

Applied Statistics

3

 

3

COMP-231

Database Systems

3

 

3

COMP-231L

Database Systems Lab

 

1

1

Semester 5

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

 

COMP-262

Operating Systems

3

 

3

COMP-262L

Operating Systems Lab

 

1

1

COMP-332

Data Mining

2

 

2

COMP-332L

Data Mining Lab

 

1

1

COMP-331

Data Warehousing

2

 

2

COMP-331L

Data Warehousing Lab

 

1

1

 

DS Electiv-1

3

 

3

 

DS Elective-2

2

 

2

 

DS Elective-2 Lab

 

1

1

SS-331

Community Service (University Elective-I)

 

2

2

Semester 6

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

 

COMP-460

Parallel and Distributed Computing

2

 

2

COMP-460L

Parallel and Distributed Computing Lab

 

1

1

COMP-432

Big Data Analytics

2

 

2

COMP-432L

Big Data Analytics Lab

 

1

1

COMP-433

Data Visualization

2

 

2

COMP-433L

Data Visualization Lab

 

1

1

 

DS Elective-3

3

 

3

 

DS Elective-4

3

 

3

SS-221

Organizational Behavior (University Elective-II)

3

 

3

Semester 7

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

 

COMP-497

Final Year Project I

 

3

3

COMP-171

Software Engineering

3

 

3

COMP-333

Management Information System (University Elective-III)

3

 

3

SS-203

Technical and Business Writing

3

 

3

SS-111

Islamic Studies

2

 

2

Semester 8

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Labs

 

COMP-498

Final Year Project II

 

3

3

MGT-262

Entrepreneurship (University Elective-IV)

3

 

3

SS-322

Professional Ethics

3

 

3

SS-112

Pak Studies

2

 

2