GC2Y-2000 Big Data and Technology
Course Syllabus

Spring 2020


Name:              Dr.  Yao
Office:             Atkinson Hall 317
Telephone:      (478) 445-5483
Email:              jf.yao@gcsu.edu
URL:               http://abacus2.gcsu.edu
Office Hours:  8:20a.m.-9:20a.m., 10:50a.m.-12:20p.m. on Tu. and Th. or by appointments

      Emails that are not urgent only will be answered during the office hours



Big Data, by Viktor Mayer-Schonbergr and Kenneth Cukier(ISBN-13: 978-0-544-22775-0)

The book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Big-Data-Revolution-Transform-Think-ebook/dp/B009N08NKW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546200474&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Big+Data%2C+by+Viktor+Mayer-Schonbergr+and+Kenneth

PREREQUISITES: C in GC1Y-1000 and sophomore status.


This course focuses on the development of global perspectives within various disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary contexts. Course materials will emphasize multiple intellectual approaches to issues, topics and/or themes; provide appropriate opportunities to engage in learning beyond the classroom; and fulfill the Georgia College writing-intensive course curriculum overlay requirements. Course topics and themes will focus on big data and technologies.

                                 †††††††††††††† Percentage††††††
            Class Participation††††† 10%(Need to attend all the classes)

††††††††††† Class presentation††††† 30%(Must present to obtain grade)††††††††

Term Project Proposal††††††††††† 10%                
Term Paper†††††††††††††††† 25%  

          Project Presentation††† 25%(Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:00 pm-3:15 pm; Must present to obtain grade)

         Total††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 100%

      Grade              Percentage
        A                90% and up
        B                80% - 89.99%
        C                70% - 79.99%
        D                60% - 69.99%
        F                59.99% or less


       Class participation is essential in learning.  It is your responsibility to attend the class in order to achieve good learning, therefore obtain a good grade. 

       You must NOT miss a class unless you have a verifiable written excuse.  An unexcused absence from a class will result in a numerical grade of zero for that class.

       The term project and the presentation is team effort.You must form a team of 2 or 3 people for your project. You MUST sign up with the group for each category (term project proposal, term project presentation, and class presentation)

       The term paper, however, is individual work.


The integrity of students is a critical component of the academic process.  All written work submitted in this course must be individual work unless the instructor assigns a team of students to work on an assignment. Students must properly document all outside sources used for projects, programs, and homework. The submission of anotherís work as oneís own is plagiarism, and will be dealt with using the procedures outlined on the Undergraduate Catalog.

Week One               ††† Logical and Critical Thinking
Week Two             †††† Logical and Critical Thinking
Week Three           ††††† Logical and Critical Thinking (AACU2020)

Week Four             †††† Logical and Critical Thinking

Week Five             ††††† Big Data: Now and More

Week Six               ††††† Big Data: Messy and Correlation

Week Seven           ††††† Big Data: Datafication and Value

Week Eight            ††††† Big Data: Implications and Risks
Week Nine             †††† Big Data: Control and Next

Week Ten              ††††† Big Data: Final thoughts

Week Eleven          †††† Spring Break

Week Twelve         †††† Big Data: Tools

Week Thirteen       †††† Big Data: Introduction to Relevant Algorithms (CEPAR2020)

Week Fourteen      ††††† Term Project Preparation

Week Fifteen         ††††† Term Project Preparation

Week Sixteen        †††††† Term Project Presentation 


      March 2, 2020 (5:00 PM) is the last day to drop without academic penalty (Unless if maximum number of dropped courses has been exceeded)

      Spring Break: March 16-20, 2020

      Last Day of Classes: April 27, 2020


The intellectual property of class assignments and other materials developed using university resources that are commercialized are reviewed under the USG and GC policies to determine ownership and/or payment rights. USG policies can be found at http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section6/policy/6.3_intellectual_properties and GCSU policies can be found at http://gcsu.smartcatalogiq.com/Policy-Manual/Policy-Manual/Academic-Affairs/EmploymentPolicies-Procedures-Benefits/Faculty-Professional-Development-Opportunities/Faculty-Research/Intellectual-Property-Policy-and-Procedures .


If you have a disability as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, you may be eligible to receive accommodations to assist in programmatic and physical accessibility. Disability Services, a unit of the GCSU Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, can assist you in formulating a reasonable accommodation plan and in providing support in developing appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to all GCSU programs and facilities. Course requirements will not be waived, but accommodations may assist you in meeting the requirements. For documentation requirements and for additional information, we recommend that you contact Disability Services located in Maxwell Student Union at 478-445-5931 or 478-445-4233.


Given the technological sophistication of Georgia College students, the student opinion survey is being delivered through an online process. Your constructive feedback plays an indispensable role in shaping quality education at Georgia College. All responses are completely confidential and your name is not stored with your responses in any way. In addition, instructors will not see any results of the opinion survey until after final grades are submitted to the University. An invitation to complete the online opinion survey is distributed to students near the end of the semester. Your participation in this very important process is greatly appreciated.


Fire drills will be conducted annually. In the event of a fire alarm, students will exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit. Learn the floor plan and exits of the building. Do not use elevators. If you encounter heavy smoke, crawl on the floor so as to gain fresh air. Assist disabled persons and others if possible without endangering your own life. Assemble for a head count on the front lawn of main campus or other designated assembly area.


Students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student is a member without academic penalty. Exercising of oneís rights under this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code. Students who miss class in observance of a religious holiday or event are required to make up the coursework missed as a result from the absence. The nature of the make-up assignments and the deadline for completion of such assignments are at the sole discretion of the instructor. Providing verifiable proof of the religious affiliation and activities are at the sole discretion of the instructor as well.Failure to follow the prescribed procedures voids all student rights under this policy.