• Offered by ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject CECS Experimental, Interdisciplinary
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amy McLennan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course will create disciplinary experts in the new applied science who can critically investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to new and emerging technological constellations and the questions they raise for human society. It challenges participants to (a) engage with technological detail and understand the building blocks of the technologies around us, (b) lay digital tools aside and explore our human world, and (c) integrate multiple perspectives in order to move from a focus on solving problems, to a focus on framing meaningful questions about technological systems and the future we are collectively making.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge of a range of social, technical and professional practice theories, approaches and case studies, and the cognitive skills to reflect critically and synthesise these effectively to draw out and frame meaningful questions in this emerging field.
  2. Apply a range of research, facilitation, creative arts, digital and design skills and techniques to different bodies of knowledge or practice.
  3. Collaborate effectively with peers from a variety of backgrounds to share prior knowledge, learn from others, and deliver and take on critical and constructive feedback.
  4. Influence outcomes by designing, evaluating, implementing, analysing and theorising about developments that contribute to professional practice in emerging technological constellations and the questions they raise, and communicating these effectively to varied audiences.
  5. Collectively generate and evaluate a shared list of 5-10 core complex questions, ideas and concepts about new and emerging technological systems to be used by experts and practitioners of the new applied science.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group learning and feedback (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Individual Portfolio (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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We expect participants to dedicate 20 hours per week to this course. This will include a mixture of classes, workshops, site visits and seminars, as well as group work, independent reading, viewing, listening and study. 

Inherent Requirements

The assumed knowledge and requirements to take this course in 2019 were documented in the application pack available at https://3ainstitute.cecs.anu.edu.au/

All students enrolled in this course must have been selected and admitted into the 3Ai Pilot Master of Studies program.

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is only available to selected students in 2019. Students will need to contact CECS Student services to request a permission code to enrol. Selection for 2019 is made through a competitive and transparent process, documented in the application pack available at https://3ainstitute.cecs.anu.edu.au/

You will need to contact the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Resource lists for this course will include a wide variety of materials, including books, articles, films, art and podcasts. Complete resource lists will be distributed weekly and contextualised in-class. Participants are not expected to read every resource themselves. Materials will be indicated as either:

• Foundational resources: All participants are expected to read/view/listen to these.

• Important resources: These are important and at least one group member should read and share what’s in these works during the course.

• Optional resources: These are optional, for those with advanced skills and/or specific interests. This list will be an important part of the practitioner’s kit for future reference, and participants will be encouraged to grow and adapt this list throughout the course.


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:
Unit value:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $00 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $00 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
4788 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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