• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This postgraduate course builds individual capacity in professional skills, values and attributes in ways that directly complement a student's technical expertise. Computing professionals work in an extraordinarily diverse range of contexts, most of which demand high-quality communication skills in order for specialists to function as effective problem-solvers, team members, project managers and contributors to local, national and international communities. The integration of a practical focus on these skills into the computing curriculum reflects the contemporary expectations of professional organisations (e.g. Australian Computer Society) and enhances the employment opportunities of graduates.

Learning Outcomes

Through successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the responsibilities of membership in a professional community through engagement in ethical reflective practice, critical self-review and peer evaluation.
  • Justify, interpret and communicate professional propositions and decisions to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Identify, analyse and synthesise information from multiple sources when developing solutions to complex problems.
  • Apply creativity, sensitivity, and initiative to decision-making and leadership of diverse team activities, especially where these involve negotiation of disparate stakeholder requirements.

Indicative Assessment

  • 30%  Continuous assessment (includes individual and group language tasks)
  • 10%  Oral presentation (individual task)
  • 25%  Report
  • 15% Oral presentation (group task)
  • 20%  Seminar attendance and participation

NOTE: All assessment items must be submitted and passed in order to complete this course. Some assessment tasks will be jointly assessed by technical and non-technical staff.

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Workload

COMP8705 is a semester course which consists of 12 one-hour lectures and 12 two-hour seminars. Students are required to attend one lecture and one seminar each week. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory; any student who is absent on more than three occasions and does not provide relevant medical certificates will be deemed to have failed this component of the course. In addition to the weekly lectures and seminars, students are expected to dedicate a further seven hours to this subject, including:
  • preparing for lectures and seminars by completing the weekly readings and set tasks
  • undertaking the necessary research, note-taking and drafting necessary for the production of high-quality major assessment tasks
  • collaborating with peers to complete group assessment tasks
  • monitoring personal academic progress to ensure that any issues are discussed with the lecturer or course convenor and remedied in a timely manner.

Assumed Knowledge

Students entering this course are assumed to be competent in English. International students must have achieved an IELTS Overall Band Score of at least 6.0 or the equivalent standard in another recognised qualification.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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