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Unit information: Interactive AI Team Project in 2022/23

Unit name Interactive AI Team Project
Unit code COMSM0087
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Peter Flach
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)


Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)
  • COMSM0022 Computational Logic for AI,
  • COMSM0023 Dialogue and Narrative,
  • COMSM0025 Machine Learning Paradigms,
  • EMATM1120 Uncertainty Modelling
Units you may not take alongside this one


School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

The aim of this unit is to provide students with practical experience in applying user-centred, theory-informed and evidence-based design and implementation methodologies to a real-world interactive AI challenge. The work will be done in teams of 3-5 students.

Unit content:

  • Software engineering methods and tools for interactive AI pipelines
  • Approaches to participatory and user-centred design
  • Development of low and medium fidelity prototypes
  • Approaches to evaluating interactive AI applications

Your learning on this unit

  1. Critically engage in real-world challenges for interactive AI.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to plan and deliver a design-led solution based on the needs of users.
  3. Demonstrate an expert understanding of user-centred approaches towards evaluating, designing and implementing interactive AI technologies.
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of design and software engineering skills including using modern frameworks for developing and deploying AI pipelines.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to present academic interaction design and AI research in the format of a conference publication and a presentation.
  6. Critically engage with the design of data collection, prototyping, and evaluation for a design research project of a publishable level.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to critically engage in academic literature and conduct academic peer reviews.
  8. Identify any ethical issues that arise in their work, data collection or processing in order to seek expert guidance.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a series of mostly synchronous sessions, including lectures, seminars, practical activities, discussion groups, team work and self-directed exercises. Compulsory training on identifying ethical issues associated to the project work will be organised by the Unit Director.

How you will be assessed

1 Summative Assessment, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs. In addition to achieving a pass overall, students must complete the ‘must-do’ ethics training in order to be awarded credit points for the unit. This training takes the form of an online introduction and test (e.g. via Blackboard) with immediate feedback and unlimited answer adjustments until sufficient proficiency is demonstrated.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.