NLP Natural Language Processing
The course consists of the following modules:
- Practical assignments, 3 credits (U, G)
- Project assignments, 3 credits (U, G)
Alternatively, you can replace the project module with an extended set of practical assignments.
In order to pass the course, you must pass both modules.
When do I get my grade? For each attempted module, the examiner will make a decision about your grade within 15 working days after the module’s formal examination date. Your final grade will be set as soon as you have passed all modules.
When does a module count as attempted? A module counts as attempted when you take an examination or submit an assignment that belongs to that module.
What happens if I fail to pass a module? If you attempt but do not pass a module, your grade will be Fail. For each module, you have two additional examination attempts during the year following the course; see the section on Additional examination.
The practical assignments test learning outcomes 1–3.
You explain and implement the central concepts, models, and algorithms that are covered in the course, as well as several advanced ones, and use them to independently solve realistic problems. You implement your own solutions from scratch. You choose appropriate validation methods, use them to evaluate systems, and interpret your findings with simple judgements.
Form of the examination
The assignments of this module consist of lab assignments or ‘labs’, which are done in pairs. The labs come at three levels:
Level A consists of 5 labs that test your command of the central concepts, models, and algorithms that are covered in the course. These labs come with step-by-step instructions and existing code. The instructions ask you to implement pre-designed solutions, evaluate your implementations on text data, and interpret your findings.
Level B consists of 3 labs that test your command of some more advanced concepts, models, and algorithms. These labs are formulated as problem specifications and come with existing code. To solve the specified problems, you will have to design and implement extensions of this code, evaluate your implementations on text data, and interpret your findings.
Level C consists of 2 labs that test your command of some more advanced concepts, models, and algorithms. These labs are formulated as problem specifications and come with little or no code. To solve the specified problems, you will have to design and implement your own solutions, evaluate your implementations on text data, and interpret your findings.
Some of the labs are examined based on lab reports in the form of Jupyter Notebooks. More information on notebooks
To pass the module, you need a Pass on all the labs at level A. If you want credit for the extended set of practical assignments (as a replacement for the project module), you will additionally need a Pass on at least four labs at levels B/C.
Examination date and registration
The formal examination date for this module is the final examination date for the course session, 2021-03-26. Before attending the first lab, you and your lab partner will have to register in Webreg.
To get feedback on how well you meet the knowledge requirements for this module, you can attend the tutored lab sessions and make sure that you submit your assignments in time for the first due date. In addition, you can always get personalized feedback from the examiner. Book an appointment
The project assignments primarily test learning outcome 4.
In collaboration with the other members of your group, you plan and carry out a simple project based on research literature from the area of natural language processing, and present the project in a way that makes it clear what method you implemented, what results you obtained, and how your interpret these results. You assess the literature on which your project is based with simple judgements and make simple reflections on your project and your own learning.
In collaboration with the other members of your group, you plan and carry out a complex project based on research literature from the area of natural language processing, and present the project in a way that makes it very clear what method you implemented, what results you obtained, and how your interpret these results. You assess the literature on which your project is based with well-developed judgements and make well-developed reflections on your project and your own learning.
For more information, please read the Guidelines for the post-project paper.
Form of the examination
The project is carried out in groups of 4 students, and is examined based on an oral presentation (group work) and a post-project paper (individual). For detailed grading criteria, please read the following:
For a passing grade, you must have a passing grade on both parts.
Examination date and registration
The formal examination date for this module is the final examination date for the course session, 2021-03-26. You register for the examination by submitting the first deliverable.
Detailed information on how you get feedback about how well you meet the knowledge requirements for this module is available on the Project page. In addition, you can always get personalized feedback from the examiner. Book an appointment
Rules for hand-in assignments
When you have completed an assignment, submit the required files through Lisam. In case you are submitting on behalf of a group, make sure to specify all members of that group.
Each assignment has two due dates: The first date is stated in the instructions for the assignment. The second due date (deadline) is the final examination date for the course session, 2021-03-26.
Why should I try to meet the first due date? If you meet the first due date, you will get formative feedback on your assignment and the chance to revise it before its final assessment after the deadline.
To meet a due date, it suffices to submit the assignment before 08:00 the first working day after that date. For example, if the due date is on a Friday, it suffices to submit the assignment before 08:00 the following Monday (assuming that this is a working day).
Cheating and plagiarism
Each piece of work that you present for examination must be entirely your own. You are not allowed to receive or give aid on an assignment unless this is explicitly permitted. The use of prohibited aids is cheating.
The following, in particular, is not allowed:
- Copying code from other lab groups, or letting other lab groups copy your code
- Making lab solutions available via public channels, such as GitHub
When using external sources (such as text or code) in work that you present for examination, you must appropriately acknowledge these sources. This also applies to materials obtained from the internet. Failure to acknowledge your sources is plagiarism.
We are required to report suspected cases of cheating and plagiarism to the University Disciplinary Board. There are no exceptions to this rule, no matter how slight the potential offense. More information on disciplinary measures
For each module, there are two additional examination opportunities during the year following the course session:
- during the re-exam period for VT1 (last day: 2021-06-10)
- during the general re-exam period after the summer break (last day: 2021-08-28)
After this you can still be examined in connection with the next course session. Note however, that the next session may have different content, different assignments, and different examination requirements.
The following specific rules apply for the different examination modules:
To take one of the additional examination of this module, you must submit or re-submit all practical assignments (labs) that you do not already have a Pass on. The deadline for this is the last day of the relevant examination period.
When submitting an assignment for one of the additional examinations, you must follow the same instructions as for the ordinary examination. For more information, please read about the Examination of the lab module.
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Last updated: 2021-01-17