Curriculum Development in the area of Computational
Linguistics in a European framework
Overview of Presentation
- BSc Applied Computational Linguistics at DCU
- Erasmus ICP in the area of NLP
- Curriculum Development and ECTS
- Migration under Socrates programme
The Need for the Course
Increase in demand for graduates with these skills:
- 60% of EC staff handle multilingual information
- Advances in NLP
First Intake: Oct. 1991, ave. 25 students/year
- Fluency in Second Language
- Understanding of Principles of Translation
- Computing Techniques
First Output: July 1995
- French-speaking Partners
- Nancy II
- Clermont Ferrand
- German Partners
- SOCRATES network
- School of Computer Applications
Erasmus ICP in the area of CL
- Linguistic Engineering, for example:
- Software Localisation
- Machine Translation
- Speech Processing
- Information Retrieval
- Natural Language Interfaces
- Language Skills, for example:
- Project Management
- Administration (e.g. EC, Civil Service etc)
- Multilingual Technical Support
- Computer Applications, for example:
Summary of Activities
- Student Mobility
- Curriculum Development
- 93-94: Grant 12400 Ecu, 48 Students, 31 Agreements
- 94-95: Grant 12600 Ecu, 64 Students, 43 Agreements
- 95-96: Grant 12100 Ecu, 73 Students, 52 Agreements
- 96-97: Grant 18200 Ecu, 73 Students, 52 Agreements
Goal? Harmonisation of Curricula
Structure of the Programme
- Individual Recognition of courses on a case by case basis
- Mutual agreement on lists of periodically offered courses to be
- Mutual recognition of complete components, divisions or stages
in the curriculum leading to joint development and coordination of
different administrative requirements
- Mutual recognition of complete curricula, including all
courses, exams and degrees leading to treaties between universities for
Properties of the Programme
- Basic Courses
- Specialization Modules
Migration Under Socrates?
- Full ECTS compatibility in the credit system.
- European dimension in Language-specific Modules.
- Introduce long-distance teaching techniques.
- Develop guidelines for sites starting with NLP curricula.
ICP no more.
Student Mobility leading to series of bilateral (unidirectional) agreements.
Curriculum Development leading to Postgraduate level?
Andy Way, July 1997