• Code CECS8001
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Offered by Institute of Autonomy, Agency and Assurance
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject CECS Experimental, Interdisciplinary
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Elizabeth Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
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This is an annual course (24 units) which challenges students to conduct substantial individual and group lab projects requiring a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, under academic supervision.


This course will create disciplinary experts who have a hands-on understanding of new and emerging technological constellations and their separate components. Participants will complete a range of lab-based projects to develop a technical understanding of systems as designed objects which embody values. They will also gain technical skills in designing, building and understanding such systems, and understanding Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) from the ‘inside’, as the course progresses, with an emphasis on making and building. This complements the approach in Fundamentals of a New Applied Science II, which challenges participants to consider CPSs from the ‘outside’ via interrogating case studies.


Participants will not emerge from the course as qualified programmers or computer scientists; indeed, it is possible that every project will fail. Instead, through learning-by-doing, participants will gain sufficient knowledge and praxis to drive meaningful and accurate conversations as a part of a multidisciplinary team developing new and emerging technologies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the principles, capabilities and limits of computer programming and machine learning.
  2. Interrogate, using accurate terminology, the separate components of technological systems.
  3. Synthesise technical judgment with principles from CECS6001 - Fundamentals of a New Applied Science 1 and CECS6002 - Fundamentals of a New Applied Science 2 to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts through a holistic and accurate analysis of new and emerging technological constellations.
  4. Work effectively with peers from a variety of backgrounds to share prior practical skills, learn from others, and deliver and take on critical and constructive feedback.
  5. Plan and execute a substantial research-based project to collectively design, build, manage, assess a cyber-physical system, and develop a standard approach and Code of Practice that disciplinary experts can follow to document this process.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Sensebook (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Practical project presentations (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Code of practice (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

We expect participants to dedicate 20 hours per week to this course. This will predominantly include a laboratory-based project work, as well as group and independent work.

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 Institute of Autonomy, Agency and Assurance 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. Participants are not expected to read every resource themselves. Materials will be indicated as either:

  • Required: All participants are expected to read/view/listen to these.
  • Additional: These materials are suggested as useful references, but are not required.


Complete resource lists will be distributed weekly via Wattle and contextualised in class (faculty will maintain the complete database of resources). Participants will have access to the 3A Institute, ANU and National libraries, which will stock all of the materials included as required readings. If participants wish to purchase additional resources themselves they are welcome to do so, but this is not a requirement for course completion.

Preliminary Reading

Resource lists for this course are predominantly technical reference manuals and forums. Participants are not expected to read every source in its entirety; rather, they should develop skills and competencies to be able to effectively search for, and identify, further learning opportunities to find answers to questions which arise through their work. Participants will also be encouraged to continue to draw on materials and tools from CECS6001 - Fundamentals of a New Applied Science 1 and CECS6002 - Fundamentals of a New Applied Science 2.

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/

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:
2
Unit value:
12 to 24 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
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $72 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $96 per unit
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
4605 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9574 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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