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Monash University

FIT3080 Intelligent systems - Semester 2, 2014

This unit includes history and philosophy of artificial intelligence; intelligent agents; problem solving and search (problem representation, heuristic search, iterative improvement, game playing); knowledge representation and reasoning (extension of material on propositional and first-order logic for artificial intelligence applications, situation calculus, planning, frames and semantic networks); expert systems overview (production systems, certainty factors); reasoning under uncertainty (belief networks compared to other approaches such as fuzzy logic); machine learning (decision trees, neural networks, genetic algorithms).

Mode of Delivery

  • Clayton (Day)
  • Malaysia (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 1-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 9 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


CSE2309, CSE3309, DGS3691


FIT2004 or CSE2304

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Reza Haffari

Ingrid Zukerman


Simon Egerton



To be announced

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • the historical and conceptual development of AI;
  • the goals of AI and the main paradigms for achieving them including logical inference, search, nonmonotonic logics, neural network methods and Bayesian inference;
  • the social and economic roles of AI;
  • heuristic AI for problem solving;
  • basic knowledge representation and reasoning mechanisms;
  • automated planning and decision-making systems;
  • probabilistic inference for reasoning under uncertainty;
  • machine learning techniques and their uses;
  • foundational issues for AI, including the frame problem and the Turing test;
  • AI programming techniques.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate the potential and limits of the main approaches to AI;
  • be ready to reason critically about claims of the effectiveness of AI programs;
  • analyse problems and determine where AI techniques are applicable;
  • implement AI problem-solving techniques in Lisp;
  • compare AI techniques in terms of complexity, soundness and completeness.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction  
2 Problem solving: search I Quizzes at beginning of 10 tutorials between Weeks 2 and 12
3 Problem solving: search II  
4 Game playing and Knowledge representation: propositional logic  
5 Knowledge representation: first-order logic  
6 Reasoning under uncertainty Assignment 1 due 5 September 2014
7 Reasoning under uncertainty - Utility Theory  
8 Markov Decision Processes (MDPs)  
9 Reinforcement Learning Assignment 2 due 26 September 2014
10 Mathematical Principles of Machine Learning  
11 Supervised Learning: Classification and Regression  
12 Natural Language Processing Assignment 3 due 24 October 2014
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Problem solving: search 13% 5 September 2014
Assignment 2 - Knowledge representation and Bayesian networks 9% 26 September 2014
Assignment 3 - Machine learning and Markov Decision Processes 13% 24 October 2014
Quizzes 5% Beginning of 10 tutorials during Weeks 2 to 12
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Problem solving: search
    Implement a search algorithm to solve a given problem.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students must demonstrate knowledge of the A* algorithm and other search algorithms, and ability to implement them correctly.

    Due date:
    5 September 2014
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Knowledge representation and Bayesian networks
    Pen and paper questions in knowledge representation and use of Netica for Bayesian networks.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Knowledge of the requisite material. The specific tasks and marking criteria will be distributed at the appropriate time during the semester.

    Due date:
    26 September 2014
  • Assessment task 3
    Assignment 3 - Machine learning and Markov Decision Processes
    Implement a program to apply machine learning techniques. The Markov Decision Process component may be pen and paper.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Performance of the program. The specific tasks and marking criteria will be distributed at the appropriate time during the semester.

    Due date:
    24 October 2014
  • Assessment task 4
    At the beginning of 10 tutorials starting from Week 2, there will be a quiz. Each quiz is worth 0.5 marks.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Knowledge of the material.

    Due date:
    Beginning of 10 tutorials during Weeks 2 to 12


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

Recommended texts:

• A Hodges (1992), Alan Turing: The Enigma. London: Vintage.

• P McCorduck (1979), Machines Who Think. Freeman.

• J Haugland (1985), Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea. MIT.

• M Boden (Ed.) (1990), The Philosophy of AI. Oxford.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Graded assignments without comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

Software: Netica, Weka

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

R. Russell and P. Norvig. (2010). Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. (3rd Edition) Prentice Hall.

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