• 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
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Algorithms and Data, Artifical Intelligence, Computer Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Caitlin Bentley
    • Dr Ehsan Tavakoli-Nabavi
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course is practical, critical and theoretical, and synthesises materials from a variety of fields and sectors primarily using a case-study approach. It is designed to provide participants with an extended understanding of recent developments, complexity and dynamics of the professional practice in which cyber-physical systems (CPSs) are planned, designed, built, operated and maintained. It aims to give participants a practical grounding and to invite them to contribute to new and existing approaches used to analyse and intervene throughout the CPS lifecycle. Module 2 is structured into twelve weeks, which broadly engage participants to apply the core questions developed in Module 1 throughout the various stages of a CPS’ evolution. Each week we consider a different stage of evolution and consider ways we could practically intervene. This course is required study for participants wishing to gain disciplinary expert status in this new applied science.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Engage with, and adapt, research principles, theories, skills, and knowledge applicable to the discipline and its professional practice to understand and evaluate cyber-physical systems with diverse purposes, contexts, and stakeholders.
  2. Evaluate and apply a range of methods for designing, creating, managing and problem-solving within cyber-physical systems.
  3. Develop and experiment with strategies for justifying and interpreting theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  4. Criticise and defend the impact of cyber-physical systems on aspects of humanity (society, organisations, institutions, communities, individuals, etc.) in an intentional and conscientious manner.
  5. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to formulate and propose solutions to key problems and new situations facing direct and indirect stakeholders of cyber physical systems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. CPS group project (50%) (50) [LO null]
  2. In class facilitation (35%) (35) [LO null]
  3. Individual portfolio (15%) (15) [LO null]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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


Preliminary Reading

Resource lists for this course will include a wide variety of materials, including books, articles, films, art and podcasts. The resource list from Module 1 may still be used and expanded upon. Participants are not expected to read every source themselves. Generally, participants will have time to select and discuss a particular approach or framework that they will engage with.

Assumed Knowledge

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


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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9795 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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