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Unit information: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in 2020/21

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Unit name Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Unit code EMAT31530
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. McConville
Open unit status Not open

EMAT20200 Engineering Mathematics 2, EMAT20920 Numerical Methods with Matlab (or equivalent units; knowledge of Matlab and basic statistics)



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Description: This unit gives a general introduction to the ideas and the tasks of Artificial Intelligence, with an emphasis on their applications across a range of disciplines, their impact on science and industry, and on their mathematical foundations.

Aims: The aim of the unit is to give a broad overview of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), covering a range of different topic areas and presenting fundamental techniques and algorithms.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Knowledge of standard approaches in artificial intelligence
  2. Experience analysing complex data
  3. Rigorously comparing the performance of competing methods
  4. Modelling the behaviour of autonomous systems
  5. Probabilistic modeling with belief networks
  6. Information retrieval
  7. Image classification
  8. Solving real world problems
  9. Report professionally the results of an investigation

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by weekly workshops and problem sheets.

Assessment Details

1 Summative Assessment, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs.

Reading and References

Artificial Intelligence: Modern Approach, (2nd Edition), Stuart J. Russell and Peter Norvig