COMP 7021 Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301315

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Description Knowledge representation and reasoning is one of the fundamental components of Artificial Intelligence. Students will learn the principles and methodologies that are used to represent and reason about human knowledge effectively in formal computational models, and eventually solve complex tasks using computer systems. This subject covers logic foundations of knowledge representation and reasoning, Answer Set Programming approaches for declarative problem solving, intelligent agent modelling, diagnostic and probabilistic reasoning. The subject plays an important part in preparing students for career paths as AI engineers, robotics engineers and intelligent software engineers.

School Computer, Data & Math Sciences

Discipline Artificial Intelligence

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) INFO 7002 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence OR
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency AND INFS 7007 System Analysis Database Management Systems OR
MATH 7012 Programming for Data Science AND MATH 7016 The Nature of Data


Students must complete 60 credit points before enrolling into this Subject

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1.Critically analyse the logic foundations of knowledge representation and reasoning in Artificial Intelligence.
2.Represent and reason about intelligent systems, based on the essentials and advancement of non-monotonic reasoning mechanisms.
3.Develop Answer Set Programming as a declarative programming language and use its applications in various complex problem solving domains.
4.Adapt formal languages based on Answer Set Programming to represent complex domains including robotic planning and diagnostic agents.
5.Evaluate and analyse different knowledge reasoning systems, by applying theories and principles of knowledge representation and reasoning.
6.Undertake independent research project that includes defining, formalising and specifying, and implementing system prototypes for real-world applications.

Subject Content

  1. Logical Foundations for Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  2. Knowledge Representation and Non-monotonic Reasoning 
  3. Answer Set Programming: Syntax and Semantics
  4. Declarative Problem Solving Using Answer Set Programming
  5. Algorithms for Computing Answer Sets
  6. Modelling Dynamic Domains
  7. Planning and Diagnostic Agents
  8. Probabilistic Reasoning


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 2 hours 30 N Individual
Practical 3 hours (individual work, not the lab work) 30 N Individual
Applied Project 1000 words (report + programming) + 15 minutes presentation 40 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Gelfond, M., & Kahl, Y. (2014). Knowledge representation, reasoning, and the design of intelligent agents. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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Spring (2024)



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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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