Neural Networks (G5015)
15 credits, Level 6
To take this module you must already be able to write software in one appropriate programming language such as Java, C, Python, or Matlab. Basic knowledge of formal computational skills is also a prerequisite.
In recent years neural computing has emerged as a practical technology with applications in many fields. The majority of these applications are concerned with problems in pattern recognition, and make use of feed-forward network architectures such as the multilayer perceptron and the radial basis function network.
It is widely acknowledged that the successful application of neural computing requires a principled approach, and this module will use the recent advances in neural computing to explore neural networks in-depth. By concentrating on the pattern-recognition aspects of neural networks, the module will cover many important topics such as:
- spiking neural networks
- multilayer perception
- radial basis function network
- support vector machines
- competitive learning
- independent component analysis.
You will also learn to use neural networks in solving real world problems.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Computer Science (with an industrial placement year) BSc
- Computer Science (with an industrial placement year) MComp
- Computer Science BSc
- Computer Science MComp
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (with an industrial placement year) BSc
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence BSc
- Computing for Business and Management (with an industrial placement year) BSc
- Computing for Business and Management BSc
- Finance and Technology (FinTech) (with a professional placement year) BSc
- Finance and Technology (FinTech) BSc