Neural Networks

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Neural Networks

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Pre-requisites: SE1PR11 Programming SE1FA15 Fundamentals and Applications of Computing
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2016/7

    Summary module description:
    This module covers the theory and implementation of a few types of artificial neural network. In addition, one network is used as a case study for object oriented programming. Students are expected to implement a neural network and apply it to real world problems.

    The module aims to describe in detail a mode of computation inspired by such biological functionality, namely artificial neural networks. The module also demonstrates how such a network can be programmed using object orientation.

    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module the student should be able to apply various neural network techniques to 'real-world' problems; and to program a simple neural network using the object oriented paradigm.

    Additional outcomes:
    EA2 topics: Neural Network Programming and Report Writing

    Outline content:
    Various neural network techniques are described, for some their implementation is provided, and suitable applications discussed. Networks and techniques examined include data processing; Single and Multi- Layer Perceptrons and associated learning methods; Radial Basis Function networksm Weightless Neural Networks; Genetic Algorithms; Stochastic Diffusion Search.
    Associated with the lectures is an assignment whereby students use the object oriented paradigm to design and implement a neural network and then apply that network to a suitable problem.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    The module comprises 1 lecture per week, three lab practicals and an associated assignment.

    Contact hours:
    Lectures- 10
    Practicals classes and workshops- 9
    Guided independent study- 25%
    Total hours by term- 44

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Sex exercise- 100%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    Formative assessment methods:

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

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