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COMP 3711: Artificial Intelligence

Students investigate AI algorithms that are used in wide application areas. Students are introduced to the use of classical artificial intelligence techniques and soft computing techniques. Classical artificial intelligence techniques include knowledge representation, heuristic algorithms, rule based systems, and probabilistic reasoning. Soft computing techniques include fuzzy systems, neural networks, and genetic algorithms. Students learn the basic concepts of machine learning and the difference between supervised and unsupervised learning. Students apply machine learning algorithms to solve real-life problems.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will have a sound understanding of artificial intelligence, models, methods, and applications. Students should be able to:

  • Examine the major areas and challenges of AI.
  • Distinguish problems that are amenable to solution by AI methods, and which AI methods may be suited to solving a given problem.
  • Formalize a given problem in the language/framework of different AI methods.
  • Implement basic AI algorithms using a programming language.
  • Apply basic AI knowledge and algorithms to solve problems.
  • Utilize machine learning software tools to classify datasets and analyze the results.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Agents
  • Module 2: Problem Solving by Search Module 3: Beyond Classical Search
  • Module 4: Probabilistic Reasoning and Knowledge Representation
  • Module 5: Machine Learning

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Russell, S. & Norvig, P. (2010). Artificial intelligence: A modern approach (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-13-604259-4

Students will access the following online for free:

  1. Poole, D. L., & Mackworth, A. K. (2017). Artificial intelligence: Foundations of computational agents (2nd ed.). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
    Available for free at:

Optional materials

Professional Organizations and Publications
For your own professional development, you may want to follow and/or subscribe to the following two professional networks.

Demonstration Tools

These tools are helpful for learning and exploring concepts in artificial intelligence. You will find these helpful at various points throughout the course.

Note: If you have questions about course textbooks or other materials, email OLMaterials.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1: Environment Simulator 5%
Assignment 2: A* Search 8%
Assignment 3: Beyond Classical Search 10%
Assignment 4: Problematic Reasoning and Knowledge Representation 15%
Assignment 5: Machine Learning 12%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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