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COMP3310 Natural Language Processing

10 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Eric Atwell

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2011/12


COMP2240Artificial Intelligence

This module is mutually exclusive with


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand theory and terminology of empirical modelling of natural language;
- understand and use algorithms, resources and techniques for implementing and evaluating NLP systems;
- be familiar with some of the main language engineering application areas;
- appreciate why unrestricted natural language processing is still a major research task.


Short introduction to linguistic theory and terminology. Algorithms and techniques for computer-assisted text processing; Including algorithms for syntactic, semantic and discourse analysis and covering some of the main problems in these areas (tagging, parsing, word sense disambiguation, anaphora resolution).

The focus will be on data-driven, machine-learning and corpus-based approaches. Evaluation methodologies and problems, linked to human performance in these areas. Resources: Corpus design, annotation and analysis; Machine-Readable dictionaries and lexical databases.

Web-based natural language processing. Applications: Current commercial applications for NLP systems and Language Engineering, eg machine translation, information extraction.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Taught session preparation: 18 hours
- Taught session follow-up: 18 hours
- Self-directed study: 17 hours
- Assessment activities: 23 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance and formative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/10/2011


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