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Monash University

FIT5047 Intelligent systems - Semester 2, 2014

This unit introduces the main problems and approaches to designing intelligent software systems including automated search methods, knowledge representation and reasoning, planning, reasoning under uncertainty, machine learning paradigms, and evolutionary algorithms.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Evening)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships




FIT5131 or FIT9017 or equivalent
Fundamental math with introductory knowledge of probability

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Mark Carman



To be confirmed

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • the applications of intelligent software systems;
  • the principles and theoretical underpinning of intelligent software systems;
  • models and approaches to building intelligent software systems;
  • different software toolkits and development environments;
  • current research trends in the field.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • foster critical and independent analysis of how intelligent techniques can be used to enhance software applications and the development of smart environments.
Developed the skills to:
  • design and develop intelligent applications;
  • select and apply appropriate tools for a particular application.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction  
2 Problem Solving  
3 Knowledge Representation (Logic)  
4 Planning Assignment 1 due 22 August 2014
5 Soft Computing & Probability  
6 Stochastic Search & Evolutionary Algorithms  
7 Bayesian Networks  
8 Intelligent Decision Support Assignment 2 due 19 September 2014
9 Supervised Machine Learning  
10 Unsupervised Machine Learning  
11 Stochastic Problem Solving  
12 Agent-Based Modeling 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): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Problem Solving and Knowledge Representation 10% 22 August 2014
Assignment 2 - Bayesian Networks and Soft Computing 10% 19 September 2014
Assignment 3 - Machine Learning 10% 24 October 2014
Examination 1 70% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Problem Solving and Knowledge Representation
    A problem solving exercise on problem solving and knowledge representation.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness and completeness of answers to problems.

    Due date:
    22 August 2014
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Bayesian Networks and Soft Computing
    A problem solving exercise on Bayesian networks and soft computing.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness and completeness of submitted answers and/or Bayesian networks.

    Due date:
    19 September 2014
  • Assessment task 3
    Assignment 3 - Machine Learning
    A problem solving exercise on machine learning.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness and completeness of answers to machine learning problems.

    Due date:
    24 October 2014


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

Learning resources

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

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

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

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

No resubmissions.

Referencing requirements

See Library Guides for Citing and Referencing athttp://guides.lib.monash.edu/content.php?pid=88267&sid=656564

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.

Netica (free)

Netlogo (free)

Weka Data Mining Toolkit (free)

Web access

Prescribed text(s)

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

Russell, S and Norvig, P. (2010). Artificial Intelligence - A Modern Approach. (3rd Edition) Prentice-Hall.

Recommended text(s)

Witten, I and Frank, E. (2005). Data Mining - Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques. (3rd Edition) Elsevier.

Korb, K and Nicholson, A. (2011). Bayesian Artificial Intelligence. (2nd Edition) CRC Press.

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