CITS5508 Machine Learning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Computer Science and Software Engineering [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Du Huynh
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62530 Master of Data Science or 62510 Master of Information Technology or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering specialisation) or the HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering [Honours] or 42630 Master of Business Analytics
completion of 12 points of programming-based units
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week for 11 weeks from week 2
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