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FIT4009 Advanced topics in intelligent systems - Semester 2, 2011

Methods from Artificial Intelligence (AI) form the basis for many advanced information systems. These techniques address problems that are difficult to solve or not efficiently solvable with conventional techniques. Building on the undergraduate curriculum this unit introduces the student to advanced AI methods and their applications in information systems.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk

Workload

For on-campus students, workload commitments are: (12 hours per week total)

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Reading, preparation, assignment work, revision: 10 hours per week

Unit Relationships

Prerequisites

Completion of the Bachelor of Computer Science or equivalent to the entry requirements for the Honours program. Students must also have enrolment approval from the Honours Coordinator.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Clayton

Ingrid Zukerman

Contact hours: Wednesday 11am - 12pm (Weeks 1 to 6)

Gholamreza Haffari

Contact hours: Wednesday 10am - 11am (Weeks 7 to 12)

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  • achieved an overview of different technologies that form the basis of intelligent information systems;
  • understood the capabilities of these methods;
  • learned to recognise tasks that can be solved with these methods;
  • the ability to judge the limitations of these methods.With successful completion of the unit the students;
  • the ability to apply the standard techniques in the chosen sub-fields of intelligent information systems to the construction and design of such systems;
  • the ability to critically evaluate the performance of these approaches;
  • the ability to compare these techniques to alternative approaches;
  • gained an appreciation of the practical relevance of intelligent information systems.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Assignment and Examination, relative weight depending on topic composition. When no exam is given students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge by solving practical problems and maybe required to give an oral report.

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Document Retrieval System 15% Week 6
Assignment 2 - Applications of Probability 15% Week 8
Assignment 3 - Language Modeling 15% Week 10
Assignment 4 - Parsing 15% Week 12
Examination 1 40% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Problem-based learning
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for organising and directing their learning with support from their lecturers.

Feedback

Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Interviews

Your feedback to Us

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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit introduction, Introduction to NLP and UM  
2 Introduction to probability, Document retrieval Assignment 1 released Week 2
3 Document retrieval, Introduction to machine learning  
4 Recommender systems  
5 Further probability and Markov models, Applications Assignment 2 released Week 5
6 Applications in NLP and UM Assignment 1 due Week 6
7 Language Modeling  
8 Parsing I Assignment 2 due Week 8; Assignment 3 released Week 8
9 Parsing II  
10 Machine Translation I Assignment 3 due Week 10; Assignment 4 released Week 10
11 Machine Translation II  
12 Machine Translation III Assignment 4 due Week 12
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1 - Document Retrieval System
    Description:
    This will be a programming assignment.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • How well solutions are explained.
    • Quality of code demonstrated where applicable.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.

    Due date:
    Week 6
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2 - Applications of Probability
    Description:
    This assignment will involve a set of written questions relating to the learning material.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quality of answers to questions (demonstrates understanding of the learning material).

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.

    Due date:
    Week 8
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 3 - Language Modeling
    Description:
    This will be a programming assignment.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • How well solutions are explained.
    • Quality of code demonstrated where applicable.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.

    Due date:
    Week 10
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Assignment 4 - Parsing
    Description:
    This will be a programming assignment.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:
    • How well solutions are explained.
    • Quality of code demonstrated where applicable.

    Further details will be provided in the assignment handout.

    Due date:
    Week 12

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    40%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Open book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Calculators

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

Policies

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