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CM50304: AI challenge

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Group Project (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
* To expose students to current challenges in artificial intelligence from academic, industrial, and social perspectives.
* To enable students to reach judgements in respect of accountability, responsibility and transparency about solutions to artificial intelligence challenges.
* To teach and to allow students to put into practice their developing awareness of ethical and related challenges in artificial intelligence in society.
* To give students experience of researching advanced topics in computer science, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence, exposure to the state of the art, undertaking a study and presenting the results.

Learning Outcomes:
* Demonstrate knowledge of computer science and artificial intelligence.
* Demonstrate knowledge of engineering and artificial intelligence.
* Demonstrate knowledge of social science and artificial intelligence.
* Show awareness of ethical issues in specifying and designing AI systems.
* Critical evaluation of the specification and design of AI systems.
* Recognise and critically analyse state of the art developments in AI.
* Specify, design, conduct and reflect upon original research into AI systems.

* Problem solving (T/F/A).
* Working with others (T/F/A).
* Working in (interdisciplinary) teams (T/F/A).
* Ability to reason analytically and scientifically (T/F/A).
* Ability to research, apply, present and argue about the state of the art in AI (T/F/A).
* Apply critical thinking and problem solving to a case study (F/A).
* Use appropriate evidence, and standards of logic and argumentation to support claims (F/A).
* Use appropriate standards of referencing, citations and presentation (F/A).

Content: Course content will draw on a range of foundational, key historical and state of the art material across computer science, engineering and social science. Topics include:
* Effective team working.
* Different interpretations of accountability, responsibility and transparency in science, social science and society.
* Guest lectures on AI challenges from CDT partners (industry, NGOs, government and academics) and other external parties.
* Co-creation of responses to challenges with CDT partners and other external parties.
* Team project addressing one of the challenges identified, drawing on relevant literature, to specify, design and build a prototype solution and to reflect critically on the extent to which it meets accountability, responsibility and transparency concerns.

Programme availability:

CM50304 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • RSCM-AFM51 : Integrated PhD Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Artificial Intelligence
  • TSCM-AFM51 : MRes Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Artificial Intelligence
  • TSCM-AFM52 : MSc Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Artificial Intelligence


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