COMP SCI 3007NA - Artificial Intelligence

Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre - Quadmester 1 - 2017

This is an introductory course on Artificial Intelligence. The topics may include: AI methodology and fundamentals; intelligent agents; search algorithms; game playing; supervised and unsupervised learning; decision tree learning; neural networks; nearest neighbour methods; dimensionality reduction; clustering; kernel machines; support vector machines; uncertainty and probability theory; probabilistic reasoning in AI; Bayesian networks; statistical learning; fuzzy logic. Several assignments will be given to enable the student to gain practical experience in using these techniques.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 3007NA
    Course Artificial Intelligence
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Quadmester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description This is an introductory course on Artificial Intelligence. The topics may include: AI methodology and fundamentals; intelligent agents; search algorithms; game playing; supervised and unsupervised learning; decision tree learning; neural networks; nearest neighbour methods; dimensionality reduction; clustering; kernel machines; support vector machines; uncertainty and probability theory; probabilistic reasoning in AI; Bayesian networks; statistical learning; fuzzy logic. Several assignments will be given to enable the student to gain practical experience in using these techniques.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor David Suter

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 Knowledge of what constitutes "Artificial" Intelligence and how to identify systems with Artificial Intelligence.
    2 Explain how Artificial Intelligence enables capabilities that are beyond conventional technology, for example, chess-playing computers, self-driving cars, robotic vacuum cleaners.
    3 Implement classical Artificial Intelligence techniques, such as search algorithms, minimax algorithm, neural networks, tracking, robot localisation.
    4 Ability to apply Artificial Intelligence techniques for problem solving.
    5 Explain the limitations of current Artificial Intelligence techniques.

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no prescribed reference texts for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    The recommended textbook for this course is:
    S. Russell and P. Norvig. Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. 3rd edition. Prentice Hall.

    Available from Unibooks. The library also has limited copies.
    Online Learning
    All course material including lecture sildes, tutorial sheets, assignment instructions, and lecture recordings, are available from the course homepage:
    https://cs.adelaide.edu.au/users/third/ai/

    Course Forum - there will be an electronic forum where you should past questions that may of interest to other students (this is more uesful and efficient than emailing the lecturer directly - save that for things that affect only yourself).

    The University is changing to Canvas - the old forums appear under:
    http://forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is taught primarily by lectures over two intensives - you should be given a timetable.
    There are also tutorials to complete by yourself (though some of the material may be worked into specific class times).
    Thirdly, you will be set two assignments - these are both a form of assessment and a form of learning. 
    Finally, and this can't be strssed enough, you need to read the associated material (e.g., from the recommended text or online materials) - it is not enough to sinply have and understand the lecture notes.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a general rule you should look tp spend at least two extra hours, per hour of class/contact time, for this course. 
    A rough guide is that a 3cp unit should entail a minimum of 72hours of study. This could be more if you are less efficient in your study or of weaker skills/background than the average for the this class.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Be fully engaged in lectures - devote substantial time to the assignments (practical work), test your understanding by doing tutorial questions and questions from the recommended text - as well as inventing questions for yourself. 
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Two hour written exam. This contributes 60% to your final assessment. 
    Two individual assignments - these contribute 20% each to your final assessment.
    All components above are mandatory and you are expcted to make a reasonable attempt at each. If you score less than 40% of the available marks in an assignment you max be excluded from passing the subject. 
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Achieve better than 40% of the available marks in each assignment and a pass mark overall, in order to pass the subject.
    Assessment Detail
    Particular details will be published separately for each assignment.

    Submission
    You will be advised seprately of the submission process - be carful to follow the instructions carefully and plan your work schedule so that you meet the set deadlines.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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