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Module ICE-3703:
Advanced Machine Learning

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Overall aims and purpose

To extend the student's knowledge of machine learning acquired through module ICE3701 (Machine Learning). To introduce them to modern-day challenges and solutions. Challenges include imbalanced data, streaming data and concept drift. Solutions include Classifier ensembles and Deep Learning neural networks.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

  • Review of the fundamentals of machine learning: supervised and unsupervised learning, classifier models, feature selection.
  • Classifier ensembles.
  • Imbalanced data, streaming data and concept drift: machine learning solutions.
  • Introduction to Deep Learning neural networks and their applications.

Assessment Criteria


Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.


Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.


Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply (by hand) some of the learned methods to toy problems.

  2. Understand the challenges of modern data and the potential of machine learning to address them.

  3. Apply some of the learned methods to solve toy problems and real-life problems.

  4. Demonstrate knowledge of advanced machine learning methods at an algorithmic level.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Class Test 20
Lab report 20
Lab report 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy


2 hours of labs x 12 weeks.


2 hours of lectures x 12 weeks

Private study

The students will revise the material given in the lectures, prepare for the class test, and prepare the lab reports.


Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.

Subject specific skills

  • Solve problems logically and systematically;
  • Access and synthesize information and literature sources;
  • Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles


Resource implications for students


Reading list


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