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Postgraduate Course: Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing (LASC11096)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces the concept of computer programming and the python programming language. It focuses on how to think about solving problems in ways that can be addressed algorithmically, with examples relevant to speech and language.
Course description Taught by Mark Sinclair
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 36, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 61 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% Coursework assignment 1
30% Coursework assignment 2
50% 2 hour closed book exam

Exam deadline: To be confirmed by central University
Return date: 3 working week marking turnaround

Assignment 1 deadline: Thursday 29th October 2015, 12 noon
No word or page limit: Guidance will be provided by Mark Sinclair
Return date: 20th November 2015

Assignment 2 deadline: Thursday 17th December 2015, 12 noon
No word or page limit: Guidance will be provided by Mark Sinclair
Return date: 22nd January 2016
Feedback Revision lecture at the end of the course with opportunity to go over past assessment questions. Individual feedback during tutorials. Solutions to selected tutorial exercises will be provided. Comments provided on submitted assessments
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Computer Programming for Speech and Language Processing2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the basic principles of computer programming
  2. be familiar with the basics of the Python programming language
  3. see how to address problems from a computational perspective
  4. write programs to manipulate reorganise and process speech and text in non-trivial ways
Reading List
Beginning Python From Novice to Professional, (Second Edition) Magnus Lie Hetland, Apress

Learning Python (5th edition), Mark Lutz , O'Reilly

Python Pocket Reference, Mark Lutz, O'Reilly

Leaning Python The Hard Way, 3rd Edition. Zed A Shaw (

How to think like a computer scientist learning with python, Allen B. Downey, Jeffrey Elkner and Chris Meyers, Green Tea Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsSpeech,Language,Computer programming,Python
Course organiserDr Hannah Rohde
Tel: (0131 6)50 6802
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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