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Postgraduate Course: Knowledge Modelling and Management (Level 11) (INFR11072)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an introduction to the different types of knowledge modelling methods and explains how knowledge may be described in conceptual models - in order to provide a foundation to support reasoning within modern organisations and to help them carry out tasks. This course will then equip students with advanced knowledge modelling techniques that support knowledge management. The course will emphasise the design and uses of models: examples are ontologies, organisational and process models. It will also cover formal techniques for representation and reasoning with such knowledge. The advanced elements are the ability to analyse and critically review computational models of knowledge.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Logic Programming (INFR09031)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Knowledge Modelling and Management (Level 10) (INFR10020)
Other requirements For Informatics PG and final year MInf students only, or by special permission of the School.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - To understand the principles of ontology design;
2 - To be able to construct an ontology and understand the formal basis of the definitions it contains;
3 - To be able to apply evaluation criteria to assess ontologies;
4 - To understand the issues of sharing knowledge in an organisational context and in a scientific community;
5 - To gain an overview of the different types of knowledge modelling methods and how they may be used together;
6 - To be able to select the appropriate modelling method(s) given certain circumstances;
7 - To be able to construct correct models given a domain;
8 - To be able to carry out reasoning on models based on lightweight logical methods;
9 - To acquire the ability to critically review relevant literature independently thus extend one's knowledge, to solve problems of a more open-ended nature, to critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of knowledge-based models.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 75
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0

This course will involve systems building tasks in addition to learning modelling methods. Coursework will include practical exercises on realistic knowledge engineering scenarios. At the advanced level, these will involve structured reviews and assessments of designs and solutions.
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Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The following are core elements of the syllabus:

1. Knowledge sharing and the knowledge life-cycle:
*Methodology for ontology building and introduction to Protege;
*Description Logic and OWL (Web Ontology Language) with a brief introduction to RDF syntax;
*Axiomatic approaches to ontology;
*Philosophical views of ontology;
*Example ontologies and their uses (Gene Ontology, Cyc);
*Evaluation criteria for ontologies.

2. Knowledge management and modelling methods:
*Overview: an introduction to knowledge management and how (semi-formal) knowledge modelling and engineering techniques can contribute to this field;
*Knowledge acquisition and model building techniques;
*An advanced introduction to the different modelling methods: Organisational Models from CommonKADS, IDEF Process Model, UML Class Diagram, ontology, knowledge management application case study.
*An introduction to the different modelling methods: Organisational Models from CommonKADS, IDEF Process Model, UML Class Diagram, Relational Data Model and ontology.
*Formalisation and knowledge representation techniques related to representing (semi-formal) models;
*Automated support for building, critiquing and reasoning on models;
*Knowledge publishing: take a look at current semantic web languages and see how they are related to knowledge management and enterprise/conceptual modelling methods.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Artificial Intelligence
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Knowledge Engineering and Management: The CommonKADS Methodology. Guus Schreiber, Robert de Hoog, Hans Akkermans, Anjo Anjewierden, Nigel Shadbolt, Walter Van de Velde.
* Ontological Engineering: With Examples from the Areas of Knowledge Management, E-Commerce and the Semantic Web Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Mariano Fernandez-Lopez, Oscar Corcho.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 30
Private Study/Other 50
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Michael Rovatsos
Tel: (0131 6)51 3263
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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