Machine Learning

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1DT071

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits including 15 credits in mathematics and 60 credits in computer science/information systems, including 20 credits in programming/algorithms/data structures. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • setup and solve typical machine learning problems, by implementation or by using established computer simulation tools.
  • decide which machine learning methods/algorithms are suitable for which type of learning problems, i.e. know about their most important weaknesses and advantages.
  • decide how to represent data to facilitate learning.
  • recognise typical effects of bad initialisation and parameter selection and suggest ways to improve the results.
  • describe how, and why, machine learning and natural computation methods work, explain principles and show examples.


The course introduces various machine learning techniques, with a focus on natural computation methods. The course is divided into a theoretical part (4 credits) and a practical part (6 credits).

Theoretical part

The theoretical part consists of lectures and written course material on various topics, including (but not limited to)

Learning paradigms (supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning).

Artificial neural networks for classification, function approximation and clustering.

Reinforcement learning methods and Temporal Difference Learning.

Evolutionary computing (genetic algorithms, genetic programming).

Swarm Intelligence (ant colony optimisation, particle swarm optimisation).

Practical part

The practical part consists of lab assignments and a project assignment. The subject of the project assignment is open for the students to define themselves, but must be approved before the work begins.


Lectures, lab assignments and a self-defined project assignment.


Written or oral exam, and through written reports covering the lab assignments and the project assignment. The students are also required to present their results from the project assignment in seminar form.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

This course cannot be included in the same degree as 1DT022 or 1DT646.