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CS5062: MACHINE LEARNING (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 18:42

Course Overview

This course presents the fundamental as well as the most popular Machine Learning theories and algorithms, used in a wide range of applications such as face detection, anomaly detection, and which are core to the design of for instance computer Go player AlphaGo. This course provides the building blocks for understanding and using Machine Learning techniques and methodologies and prepares students to work in data science and general AI systems.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Wei Pang
  • Dr Chenghua Lin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will present the theory and practice of Machine Learning, including the state-of-the-art in tools, libraries, techniques and environments. Lectures will cover key concepts, mechanisms and results, with exercises in practicals/tutorials for individuals and teams to explore practical aspects. This will include: Machine learning problems (e.g. clustering, classification, concept/model learning); Symbolic machine learning (e.g. Support vector machines, reinforcement learning, inductive and analytical learning); Statistical machine learning (e.g regression, Bayesian learning, parametric density estimation); Bio-inspired learning (e.g. Neural nets & deep learning, evolutionary computing).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

One two-hour examination paper (50%); Continuous In-course Assessment (50%).

Resit: where a student fails the course overall they will be afforded the opportunity to resit those parts of the course that they failed. 1 two-hour written examination (50%) and/or continuous assessment mark (50%) where the mark for the passed part is carried forward.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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