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BSc Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Natural Language Understanding

Unit code COMP34812
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


Drawing from concepts covered in the prerequisite COMP34711: Natural Language Processing unit, this unit will enable students to look more deeply into how machines analyse and recognise meaning expressed in natural language. In this unit, students will gain hands-on experience in investigating solutions to a number of natural language understanding tasks. This will provide students with the know-how required to develop technologies for real-world applications enabling communication between humans and machines, which have become increasingly ubiquitous and indispensable.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Natural Language Processing COMP34711 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

- introduce students to the concepts and computational methods that enable machines to understand and interpret natural language

-  explain the various tasks that underpin natural language understanding, and provide an overview of the state-of-the-art solutions to these tasks as well as their real-world applications

Assessment methods

Method Weight

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 70

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Riza Batista-Navarro Unit coordinator

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