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Unit Overview


There is an explosion in data generation and data collection due to improvements in sensing technologies and business processes. Extracting meaningful knowledge from large amounts of data has become a priority for businesses as well as scientific domains. Machine learning provides core underlying theory and techniques to data analytics, where algorithms iteratively learn from data to uncover hidden insights. In this unit, students will develop in-depth understanding of machine learning techniques that are applicable to both scientific and business data. The topics covered by the unit include supervised classification, unsupervised classification, regression, support vector machines, decision trees, random forests, dimensionality reduction, artificial neural networks, deep neural networks, autoencoders, and reinforcement learning.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the role of machine learning in knowledge extraction; (2) explain the difference between supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms; (3) demonstrate a systematic knowledge of algorithmic machine learning approaches; (4) produce practical implementations of machine learning solution for a real-world dataset; (5) analyse data datasets from the perspective of machine learning; and (6) evaluate what deep learning is, what makes it work or fail, and critique where it should be applied.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) assessed laboratory exercises; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Debora Correa
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Computer Science and Software Engineering [Honours]
or 62510 Master of Information Technology
or 62530 Master of Data Science
or 63550 Master of Engineering
or 42630 Master of Business Analytics
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 53560 Master of Physics (specialised in Medical Physics)
or BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours] and the MJD-CDSDM Computing and Data Science major
or the MJD-ARIDM Artificial Intelligence major
) and completion of 12 points of programming-based units
Advisable prior study
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python (ID 411) , and Calculus
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours per week for 11 weeks from week 2
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