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Diploma in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

This free online course on Alison takes you through the rudiments and fundamentals of artificial intelligence.

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This free online course will be of great interest to students and individuals who have requisite background knowledge of computer programming and science. The course describes how artificial intelligence is used to tackle complex real world problems like speech recognition and machine translations. By the end of this course, you will be able to use artificial intelligence techniques to solve computational problems using real life scenarios.
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    20-30 Hours
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This course begins by explaining the thoughts and ideas that have influenced the growth of artificial intelligence. You will learn about the definition of artificial intelligence and the different dimensions of artificial intelligence. You will learn about the differences between artificial intelligence, programming and general computational paradigms. You will also learn about production systems and how they capture the essence of artificial intelligence systems.

The course then explains the meaning and types of various search techniques used in solving problems. You will learn about how heuristic functions are formulated. You will learn about the integral role games play in the development of artificial intelligence. You will also learn about how knowledge representation in reasoning forms the backbone of any intelligent behaviour through computational means.

The course then explains resolution as an important rule of inference used in well formed formulas in knowledge representations. You will be introduced to planning in its abstract form, and how it can be used in problem solving. You will also learn how machine learning addresses the fundamental question of how to build computer programs that could learn automatically from experience.

Prerequisites; Learners will need good knowledge and ability in programming in order to study this course.

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Artificial Intelligence: History, Trends and Future

Introduction to Problem Solving in Artificial Intelligence

Problem Solving by Search

Introduction to Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: First Order Logic

Diploma in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence - First Assessment

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: Inference in First Order Logic

Reasoning Under Uncertainty


Planning and Decision Making

Machine Learning

Diploma in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence - Second Assessment

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to;

  • Define artificial intelligence and the different dimensions of artificial intelligence
  • Describe the different developments in the history of artificial intelligence
  • Describe how heuristics could be formulated for a given problem
  • Describe the relationship between heuristics and artificial intelligence search
  • Differentiate between human and artificial intelligent behaviour
  • Describe knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Explain the relationship between data, information and knowledge
  • Discuss the relationship between planning and problem solving
  • Explain how situation calculus is used in solving complex problems
  • Describe the cognitive and engineering approach to artificial intelligence activity


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