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CSC3831 : Predictive Analytics, Computer Vision & Machine Learning

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Paolo Missier
  • Lecturer: Dr Stephen McGough, Professor Boguslaw Obara
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide a foundation in the field data analytics, predictive data science, computer vision methods and machine learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

Selected topics chosen from:

Principles and practice of data analytics:
Fundamental data representations.
Data structures and data management infrastructure to enable data analytics.
Methods for data preparation, including source selection and integration, data cleaning.

Principles and practice of computer vision:
Background, Image Model, Spatial Coordinate, Digitisation.
Image Sampling, Image Quality, Image Pixel Relationships.
Linear Operators, 2-D Transforms. Spatial Domain Methods, Frequency Domain Methods.
Image Compression, Redundancy Types, Lossless and Lossy Compression, Compression Standards.
Object Detection Methods, Edge Liking and Boundary Detection.
Thresholding Methods, Region Oriented Methods. Pattern Recognition.
Mathematical Morphology

Principles and practice of machine learning and deep neural networks:
Covering core concepts, and techniques along with current leading approaches in machine/deep learning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures in mixed mode either 1x2 or 2x1 hours per week for 11 weeks.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical113:0033:00Practicals 1x3 hour drop in practical per week.
Guided Independent StudyProject work661:0066:00Practical coursework and portfolio preparation
Guided Independent StudyProject work51:005:00Reflective report preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study221:0022:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study521:0052:00Background reading, guided reading, one article, chapter or equivalent per two weeks.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods combine traditional lectures with practical sessions so that students can explore the topics covered in both a theoretical and practical context. Lectures outline the underlying principles, algorithms and theory, while practical lab work encourages students to implement the algorithms using rea-world data, in terms of applying the methods to real world data examples.
Cross sharing of some of the data examples is planned with CSC3832

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M90topic/problem students provide a report that contributes to their portfolio of evidence of the activities (3000 words)
Report1M10A reflective report on the skills gained summarising the portfolio of evidence produced by the problem-based activities. (300 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is based on case studies, using real world data, allowing students to explore practical application of the techniques and algorithms that have been learned. The reflective report offers students the opportunity to draw together the overall learning experience on machine learning and predictive analysis of data sets.

Reading Lists