Postgraduate Course: Introductory Applied Machine Learning (INFR11143)
Course Outline
School  School of Informatics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 
Course type  Online Distance Learning 
Availability  Not available to visiting students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  *Only available to students of the Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) online distance learning programme*.
Organisations seek to make better decisions by examining their data with an aim to discovering and/or drawing conclusions about the information contained within. This course is about the principled application of machine learning techniques to extracting information from data. The main area that will be discussed is supervised learning, which is concerned with learning to predict an output, given inputs. A second area of study is unsupervised learning, where we wish to discover the structure in a set of patterns, i.e. there is no output "teacher signal". The primary aim is to provide the student with a set of practical tools that can be applied to solve real  world problems in machine learning, coupled with an appropriate, principled approach to formulating a solution.
This distancebased course is aligned with the oncampus Agent Based Systems course (INFR10049), which uses a flipped classroom delivery approach. Distance students will cover the same materials, have the same coursework, engage in the same classroom activities (but using Collaborate) and take the same exam as the oncampus students. 
Course description 
This course is delivered using "flippedclassroom" methods, and will be looking for student feedback during the course how this is working for you. Intellectual content will be delivered via a combination of online short video segments (overall, per topic, approximately the same length as a traditional lecture). Some of the topics have online quizzes associated with them, intended for you to review your understanding. During some of the lecture slots, we will have other activities to review the topic material.
1) Introductory Lecture
2) Maths and Probability
3) Thinking About Data
4) Naive Bayes
5) Decision Trees
6) Generalisation and Evaluation
7) Linear Regression
8) Logistic regression
9) Optimisation and Regularisation
10) Support Vector Machines
11) Nearest Neighbours
12) KMeans
13) Gaussian Mixture Models
14) Principal Components Analysis
15) Hierarchical Clustering
16) Neural Networks
We will also use a modern machine learning programming environment.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  Only available to students of the Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) online distance learning programme 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
176 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
75 %,
Coursework
25 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Written Exam: 75%
Coursework: 25%
Formative coursework: each online lecture will have an associated online selfassessment quiz. There will also be Tutorial exercises and Pairprogramming lab exercises.
There will be 4 coursework assignments in total. Each are designed to take the student 5 hours work. The mark breakdown is 2.5%, 7.5%, 7.5%, 7.5%.
The coursework assignments are a key part of the student engagement strategy for online learning, involving peercomment and discussion which is a assessed for a small fraction of the mark (15% of each coursework mark, so 4.5% of the overall course mark). 
Feedback 
We plan a rich and wellresourced level of engagement between distance education students and worldleading Informatics teaching and research staff:
 Extensive use of the School and University level virtual learning environments (VLE) such as Learn and social platform is planned.
 Course forums will allow students to ask questions to both teaching staff and to other students.
 Online peerfeedback as well as tutorfeedback is designed into all the tutorials, labs and coursework (formative and summative).
The NB platform (nb.mit.edu) is the place to ask questions about the course materials: topics slides and videos, the labs, tutorials and the assignments. Sign up for it at the link in the announcement. We encourage students to answer questions if you can  it is a great learning experience to explain something to another student. The forum is monitored and responded to by the lecturer and the TA. If you have issues that should be kept confidential, then of course please do email the course lecturer, but otherwise use the forum  it is more efficient and it benefits everyone. For other questions, we have a bulletinboard type forum linked on the Learn menu as "Questions and Answers". Students can post questions and answers here too, but if the question relates to one of the course mateirals it is probably better to post it on NB. 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)   2:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Explain the scope, goals and limits of machine learning, and the main subareas of the field.
 Describe the various techniques covered in the syllabus and where they fit within the structure of the discipline.
 Students should be able to critically compare, contrast and evaluate the different ML techniques in terms of their applicability to different Machine Learning problems.
 Given a data set and problem students should be able to use appropriate software to apply these techniques to the data set to solve the problem.
 Given appropriate data students should be able to use a systematic approach to conducting experimental investigations and assessing scientific hypotheses.

Reading List
Books that may be useful, but are not required:
 Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by C. Bishop
 Elements of Statistical Learning by Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman
 Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning by D. Barber
 Machine Learning by T. Mitchell
 Reinforcement Learning by R. Sutton and A. Barto
 A Few Useful Things to Know about Machine Learning by P. Domingos 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Problem solving, Analytical thinking, Handling complexity and ambiguity, Independent learning and development. 
Additional Class Delivery Information 
Flipped classroom. 
Keywords  Not entered 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Nigel Goddard
Tel: (0131 6)51 3091
Email: Nigel.Goddard@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Victoria Swann
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
Email: Vicky.Swann@ed.ac.uk 

