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COMP2611 Artificial Intelligence

10 creditsClass Size: 350

Module manager: Dr Ali Gooya

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

COMP1421 Fundamental Mathematical Concepts
ELEC1704 Further Engineering Mathematics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Artificial intelligence is a developed field within computer science and is rapidly evolving. The foundations of this field have roots in the work of Alan Turing investigating the boundary between human intelligence and computers. Technologies developed in the field of artificial intelligence have found their way into everyday life and form services and infrastructure that we rely on on a day to day basis. Such services and infrastructure include internet search, predictive text, speech recognition and automation.This module covers the foundations of the topics in artificial intelligence and considers its uses in a wide range of applications as well as the ethical and legal issues that arise.


This module provides the foundations of artificial intelligence and considers the legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:

- deconstruct the ethical arguments surrounding artificial intelligence and its applications.
- employ artificial intelligence techniques to solve real world problems.
- evaluate the effectiveness of artificial intelligence techniques when applied to real world problems.
- identify weaknesses and limitations of artificial intelligence techniques.


This module covers the following 3 topic areas:

- Artificial intelligence techniques : search techniques, logic, knowledge representation, probability, Markov models, Bayesian networks and genetic algorithms.
- Ethical issues : soft artificial intelligence, hard artificial intelligence, general artificial intelligence and singularity.
- Applications of artificial intelligence : text mining, game play and searching, object recognition.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework and labs.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework10.00
In-course AssessmentOnline Test 130.00
In-course AssessmentOnline Test 230.00
In-course AssessmentFinal Assessment30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Exercises sheets will be provided for students. Sample solutions will be made available via tutorial classes or on Minerva. This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/01/2021 15:43:24


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