• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science

This course will teach how to understand the behaviours of complex functional systems in terms of their components, using as an example the problem of relating psychology to physiology for the human brain.Students will learn how to approach understanding of complex functional systems by means of descriptions on many different levels of detail which can be mapped into each other. This is one of the basic skills needed to understand, design and modify complex functional systems. The course will be relevant to students interested in designing or maintaining complex functional systems. Using the human brain as the example will make the course relevant to students interested in research on the mammal brain, and students interested in medical studies of the human brain.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the primary information processing functions of major anatomical and physiological structures in the brain.
  2. Explain the operation of a range of cognitive processes on several different but consistent levels of detail from psychology to physiology.
  3. Explain how different levels of the same phenomenon at different levels of detail.
  4. Identify ways in which cognitive processes can be understood in terms of physiological and anatomical mechanisms.
  5. Identify what is lacking in an explanation of a behaviour of a complex system.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (30%); Exam (70%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Computing 7705 or Master of Computing 7706.

Prescribed Texts

A System Architecture Approach to the Brain: from Neurons to Consciousness by L. Andrew Coward

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. 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:
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
1994-2003 $1980
2004 $2088
2005 $2088
2006 $2088
2007 $2088
2008 $2190
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2004 $3450
2005 $3534
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3613 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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