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Monash University

FIT5047 Intelligent systems - Semester 2, 2015

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.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships




FIT9131 or FIT5131 or FIT9017 or equivalent
Fundamental math with introductory knowledge of probability

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


David Dowe

Consultation hours: To Be Announced



To Be Announced

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
  1. explain the theoretical foundations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - such as the Turing test, Rational Agency and the Frame Problem - that underpin the application to information technology and society;
  2. critically explain, evaluate and apply appropriate AI theories, models and/or techniques in practice - including logical inference, heuristic search, genetic algorithms, supervised and unsupervised machine learning and Bayesian inference;
  3. utilise appropriate software tools to develop AI models or software;
  4. utilise and explain evaluation criteria to measure the correctness and/or suitability of models.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Assessment task 3: Tutorial Work is assessed each week during and after each tutorial session
2 Problem Solving  
3 Knowledge Representation (Logic)  
4 Planning  
5 Soft Computing & Probability  
6 Stochastic Search & Evolutionary Algorithms  
7 Bayesian Networks  
8 Intelligent Decision Support Assignment 1: Assignment 1 - Problem Solving, Knowledge Representation and Bayesian Networks due
9 Supervised Machine Learning  
10 Unsupervised Machine Learning  
11 Stochastic Problem Solving Assignment 2: Machine Learning due
12 Agent-Based Modelling  
  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, Knowledge Representation and Bayesian Networks 10% Week 8
Assignment 2 - Machine Learning 10% Week 11
Assessment Task 3: Tutorial Participation 10% After each tutorial session
Examination 1 70% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Problem Solving, Knowledge Representation and Bayesian Networks
    Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4.  Exercises involving problem solving (and knowledge representation) and Bayesian networks.
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    Week 8
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Machine Learning
    Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4.  Problem solving in machine learning
    Criteria for assessment:
    Correctness and completeness of answers to machine learning problems.
    Due date:
    Week 11
  • Assessment task 3
    Assessment Task 3: Tutorial Participation
    Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3.  Tutorial exercises and participation will be assessed.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The criteria used to assess are:

    Degree of correctness and level of understanding of the underlying modelling techniques and any other relevant material.
    Degree of completeness of your answers to tutorial questions and any other relevant material.

    Due date:
    After each tutorial session


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

Learning resources

Reading list

The book Wallace, C. S. (2005), ``Statistical and Inductive Inference by Minimum Message Length'', Springer, ISBN: 0-387-23795-X, 432pp is an advanced text on the machine learning technique called Minimum Message Length (MML).  It is available both in printed hard copy and in electronic form from the library.

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

Feedback to you

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

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments without comments
  • Other: Solutions to tutorials and labs

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

No resubmissions.

Referencing requirements

See Library Guides for Citing and Referencing at http://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 electronic submission). 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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