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Australian National University

  • Code COMP7310
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science, Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology
  • Academic career Graduate
  • Course convener
    • Mr Tom Worthington
  • Mode of delivery Online

ICT is both part of the problem and part of the solution to climate change. A study sponsored by the Australian Computer Society has shown that computers and telecommunications equipment in Australia generated 7.94Mt of carbon dioxide in 2005, 1.52% of national emissions. This course investigates the contribution of ICT to carbon emissions and how technology can reduce those emissions.

This subject is drawn from practices being developed in the public and private sectors internationally. Implementation methodologies and assessment tools currently being field-tested are introduced. Qualification schemes and accreditation are yet to be established and it is possible those completing this subject may be involved in that development.

This course was developed in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society. The Learning Outcomes have been designed for Level 5 competencies of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) common reference model. More information is on the course webpage: http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the sustainability of IT services, devices and day-to-day operations of an organisation, including the carbon footprint and e-waste.
  • Prepare a sustainability strategy for IT in an organisation,covering both energy and materials use.

Indicative Assessment

Contributions to the 12 weekly discussion forums, 24%. Two assignments, 38% each.


During Semester 1, 2014, the ANU will be piloting the use of the text matching software 'Turnitin'. Several courses have been selected to pilot Turnitin during the Semester 1 teaching period.

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin will not be mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students.

For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Workload

To complete the subject you will need to spend 8-10 hours each week reading, communicating with colleagues and tutors, and preparing assignments.

Prescribed Texts

eBook supplied with course:

Worthington, T. (2011) ICT Sustainability: assessment and strategies for a low carbon future / Tom Worthington  Tomw Communications, Belconnen, A.C.T. Retrieved from: http://www.tomw.net.au/ict_sustainability/

Other Information

Attendance: No attendance is required. All materials and assessment are on-line.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $2916
2006 $2916
2007 $2916
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952

International fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3534
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762

Terms

First Semester, 2014

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
3917 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014

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