KV4004 - AI Fundamentals

What will I learn on this module?

This module will give you a foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services. This module will help you demonstrate knowledge of common ML and AI workloads. In addition, ‘AI Fundamentals’ will guide you through hands-on sessions and workshops on how to implement common ML and AI workloads on MS Azure.
‘AI Fundamentals’ will prepare you for later modules, as well as for a placement in your third year. Employers look for skilled graduates with industry-recognised and technology-based certifications such as the MS Azure AI Fundamentals AI-900. Employers are seeking talented individuals who can work as members of a team in understanding, analysing, and designing AI solutions leading to sustainable growth, change and impact and applying effective, responsible and ethical AI-enabled techniques.

During ‘AI Fundamentals’, students will work through a series of workshops and exercises relying on state-of-the-art AI technologies and Cloud Computing such as MS Azure. Furthermore, students will make use of Northumbria’s state-of-the-art computer labs. Students will also critically engage with research outputs as part of their research-rich learning.

One of the elements in the assessment (50% of the final mark) will be to produce a 2000 words critical reflection on an AI topic which will be set each year. Students will have to choose a more specific subject related to the AI topic, provide a literature review, identify and discuss the problematic and challenging issues related to the topic, propose and implement a solution to address the identified issues. This assessment will require desk-based research, furthering understanding developed through the lecture material provided.
The second element in the assessment (50% of the final mark) is a presentation of the practical work done in the first assessment, the implementation approach and a discussion of the findings.

‘AI fundamentals’ lectures and workshops will help students prepare for the AI Fundamentals certification exam (AI-900). This certification can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based certifications like Azure Data Scientist Associate or Azure AI Engineer Associate which are much sought-after by recruiters.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises. You will work on these during workshops and hands-on sessions in Northumbria’s CIS building computer labs, which are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by lecturers during the timetabled sessions when you will receive feedback on your work. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to all lecture and seminar materials to reinforce your learning. In addition, the university library offers support for all students through providing electronic resources

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
ML01 - Demonstrate knowledge, and basic understanding, of essential facts, concepts, principles, theories, techniques, and technologies related to computing, computer science, data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads.
ML02 - Describe AI workloads and considerations, fundamental principles, features of AI workloads and their implementation on Azure.
ML03 - Specify, design and construct simple computer, AI and data-based systems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML04 - Specify, design and construct simple computer- and AI- based systems (IPSA).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
ML05 – Demonstrate a basic awareness of the global, ethical, and cultural issues related to computing, and specifically AI and data - and its societal implications for equality and diversity.

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge & Understanding:
ML01 - Demonstrate knowledge, and basic understanding, of essential facts, concepts, principles, theories, techniques, and technologies related to computing, computer science, data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads.
ML02 - Describe AI workloads and considerations, fundamental principles, features of AI workloads and their implementation on Azure.
ML03 - Specify, design and construct simple computer, AI and data-based systems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML04 - Specify, design and construct simple computer- and AI- based systems (IPSA).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
ML05 – Demonstrate a basic awareness of the global, ethical, and cultural issues related to computing, and specifically AI and data - and its societal implications for equality and diversity.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module aims to help students identify features of common AI workloads, understand principles for responsible AI, identify common machine learning types, describe core machine learning concepts, core tasks in creating a machine learning solution, identify common types of computer vision solution, Azure tools and services for computer vision task, features of common NLP Workload Scenarios, Azure tools and services for NLP workloads, identify common use cases for conversational AI, describe capabilities of no-code machine learning with Azure Machine Learning studio, and identify Azure services for conversational AI. Theory is followed by workshops where you will be introduced to different Azure services for example

Students will be asked to produce a critical reflection on an AI topic: 2000 words essay (50% of the final mark) which will require substantial student-centred enquiry and research.

Students will also be asked to present the implementation of their proposed solution and discuss the findings (50% of the final mark)

Course info

UCAS Code G415

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

Fee Information

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