• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The course introduces students to some fundamentals of research methodology, and gives students first hand experience by having them carry out a small research project, under close supervision by a member of academic staff. The course comprises a series of lectures which cover the following topics: how to define a research problem; writing a research paper and report; how to give a seminar; the use of search tools and databases to find relevant literature; scientific methods in practice; design of an experiment. Students complete an individual research project which requires them to carry out background reading and literature review, and to prepare a research report and give a seminar at the end of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

After successfully completing this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to communicate in relation to an computing project in oral, written and graphical forms, with an an appreciation of the need to pitch any communication item appropriately for the audience. This includes demonstrated skills in the writing of abstracts and research papers.
  2. Demonstrate an improved ability to use an active approach to learning and to undertake reflective professional practice.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the existence of technological choices; and make appropriate choices based on a consideration of design criteria.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to undertake and manage a research project of significant size and scope.
  5. Understanding of the process of identifying and formulating research problems.
  6. Ability to carry out literature searches and some ability to critically evaluate literature.
  7. Design and conduct experiments, devise appropriate measurements, analyze and interpret data and form reliable conclusions.
  8. Demonstrate awareness of the importance of documenting all aspects of the development of an computing project of significant magnitude.

Indicative Assessment

Two assignments, worth 15% each. The project assessment is worth 70% and consists of the project report (65%), a seminar (15%) and other assessment items jointly agreed on by the student and supervisor prior to project commencement (20%).

The ANU uses 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 is not 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.


A research project with a time commitment of approximately 90 hours, and two assignments with a time commitment of approximately 20 hours each. The projects take into account the student's background and the stage of their degree. Students are encouraged to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis (at least once a week).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing(R&D) 4717 or Bachelor of Advanced Computing(R&D)/Science 4718.

Prescribed Texts

Justin Zobel, Writing for Computer Science, 2nd Ed, Springer, 2004



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. 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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2190
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2298
2008 $2592
2009 $2850
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2004 $3234
2005 $3288
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4598 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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