Module details for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence




The aim of this module is to equip students with the specialist knowledge, understanding and skills to address the canonical problems (supervised, semi-supervised and reinforcement learning) related to the use of artificial intelligence which can be applied to develop user-facing solutions and understand human behaviours in various domains

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe the range of ML and AI methods and understand their assumptions and application/operating constraints

2.  Evaluate and select an optimal ML/AI technique to develop a user-facing AI solution or study human behaviours in a specific context

3.  Use an appropriate software application to apply an ML technique to a given problem and communicate the findings and significance

Indicative Content

1 Machine Learning Concepts

Intro to AI/ML landscape

2 General Model Assessment and Selection

How do we measure the accuracy or strength of an AI?

3 Regression

Given this input from a dataset, what is the likely value of a particular quantity?

4 Clustering

Which data points are similar to each other?

5 Dimensionality Reduction

What are the most significant features of this data and how can these be summarised?

6 Classification

To which category does this data point belong?

7 Artificial Neural Networks

How do artificial neural networks work?

8 Semi-supervised Learning

How can labelled and unlabelled data be combined?

9 Reinforcement Learning

What actions will most effectively achieve a desired endpoint?

10 Explainable AI

Discussing emerging research on Explainable AI (XAI).

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 48
Assessment 12
Independent 128
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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