Gold CoastSession 1,2Session 1,2

Unit description

Introduces students to machine learning. Students will take an algorithmic approach to machine learning in which real-world problems will be solved through machine learning techniques. Students will familiarise themselves with a wide range of algorithms and implement them for problem solving in Python/Octave.

Unit content

Topic 1: Intro to machine learning

Topic 2: Types of machine learning

Topic 3: Regression and prediction

Topic 4: Classification

Topic 5: Neural networks

Topic 6: Machine learning: best practices

Topic 7: Philosophy of machine learning


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Geron, A, 2019, Hands-on machine learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and TensorFlow : concepts, tools, and techniques to build intelligent systems , 2nd edn , O'Reilly.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Programming assignment30%
Case study30%
Exam: oral10%
Exam: open book30%

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Fee information


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