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PMB / Westville Campus

MODULE COURSE INFORMATION SHEET - 2017

MODULE CODE: COMP717


MODULE NAME: MACHINE LEARNING

LECTURERS OFFICE TELEPHONE E-MAIL


Module Coordinator S. VIRIRI 318 7724 viriris@ukzn.ac.za
Lecturer - S. VIRIRI 318 7724 viriris@ukzn.ac.za
Administrator Charmaine/Bev W / PMB 3018 / 5609 magwazac2, bonhomme

TIMETABLE
LECTURE TIME VENUE TUTORIAL TIME VENUE
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY 09:30 11:30 305/F47

MODULE WEBSITE http://learn.ukzn.ac.za


CONTENT AND DELIVERY
TUTORIALS N/A
PRACTICALS N/A
R. Duda, P. Hart and D. Stork, Pattern Classification, Wiley, 2001,
PRESCRIBED TEXT
2nd Edition.
CALCULATORS N/A
ANNOUNCEMENTS http://learn.ukzn.ac.za
DP (DULY PERFORMED) N/A
ASSESSMENTS Test1 (20%) + Test2 (30%) + Assignments (50%)
BAR CODES YES
Test 1 (08 September, 2017, 09:30, 305/F47),
TESTS
Test 2 (13 October, 2017, 09:30, 305/F47)
MAKE UP TESTS
HOT SEAT
CONSULTATION TIMES By appointment
Module Overview:

To provide with an in-depth introduction to two main areas of Machine Learning: supervised and
unsupervised. It covers some of the main models and algorithms for regression, classification,
clustering and decision processes.

Module Objectives:

Be able to formulate Machine Learning problems corresponding to different applications.


Understand a range of Machine Learning algorithms along with their strengths and
weaknesses.
Be able to apply Machine Learning algorithms to solve problems of moderate complexity.

Module Topics:

Introduction to Machine Learning


Inductive Learning
Decision Trees
Instance-based Learning, MLE and EM Algorithms
Bayesian Learning
Neural Networks
Model Ensembles
Learning Theory
Support Vector Machines and Kernel Methods
Clustering and Dimensionality Reduction

Tests and Assignments:

There will be two tests, and assignments.


NB: A doctors' certificate is required if you miss a test.

Tests and Assignments Dates:

Test 1: 08 September, 2017


Test 2: 13 October, 2017
Assignments: (See assignment outline)

FINAL MARK = 0.2*Test1 + 0.3*Test2 + 0.5*Assignments

References: (Useful Textbooks)

1. R. Duda, P. Hart and D. Stork, Pattern Classification, Wiley, 2001, 2nd Edition.
2. T. Mitchell, Machine Learning, McGraw-Hill, 1997.
3. C. Bishop, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Springer, 2006.