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COMP3611 Machine Learning

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Matteo Leonetti

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


COMP2611Artificial Intelligence

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

• list the principal algorithms used in machine learning, and derive their update rules
• appreciate the capabilities and limitations of current approaches;
• evaluate the performance of machine learning algorithms;
• use existing implementation(s) of machine learning algorithms to explore data sets and build models.


Topics selected from:
Neural networks, decision trees, support vector machines, Bayesian learning, instance-based learning, linear regression, clustering, reinforcement learning, deep learning.
Methods for evaluating performance.
Examples will be drawn from simple problems that arise in studies of robotics and computer vision.

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 hours47.00
Total Contact hours53.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

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 AssessmentOnline Test (Gradescope)30.00
In-course AssessmentOnline Test (Gradescope)30.00
In-course AssessmentLab Exercise- Programming Test10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

The coursework is on the application of a supervised learning algorithm to an existing, realistic, dataset. Students are asked to design an appropriate model, evaluate its performance, and analyse the effect of the parameters on the results. The coursework is implemented in python, and makes use of state-of-the-art machine learning libraries.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/09/2020 08:32:04


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