Core Module Information
Module title: Emergent Computing for Optimisation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET11508
Module leader: Emma Hart
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science


Description of module content:

The module will address:

- Why some problems are hard to solve

- Modern heuristic search methods such as Evolutionary Algorithms, including evolution strategies; meta-heuristic search techniques such as tabu-search, simulated annealing, iterated local search; ant-colony optimisation; hyper-heuristics and associated methods.

- Appropriate experimental methodologies for testing and analysing emergent computing algorithms

- Simple statistical methods for evaluating the results

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Critically evaluate the use of emergent computing algorithms in practical applications

LO2: Critically assess the use of different algorithms in different problem domains

LO3: Specify, customise and use appropriate algorithms for particular practical problems

LO4: Apply an appropriate scientific approach to testing and analysing emergent computing algorithms and be able to use simple statistics to evaluate the results

LO5: Present the results in an appropriate form and draw appropriate conclusions

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Emma Hart
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Face To Face CL_TST 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 75 3,4,5 13 HOURS= 45.00
Class Test 25 1,2 13 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

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