• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

ICT is both part of the problem and part of the solution to climate change. In this course students learn first how to assess the carbon footprint of the ICT operations of an organization, then how to develop a strategy to reduce these emissions. The adverse environmental effects of the materials used in the manufacture ICT equipment is also covered.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the sustainability of IT services, devices and day-to-day operations of an organisation, including the carbon footprint and e-waste.
  2. Prepare a sustainability strategy for IT in an organisation, covering both energy and materials use

Other Information

An e-book of materials is provided, along with quizzes, videos and discussion forums. Face-to-face workshops are provided to help the student deepen their knowledge.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly online quizzes (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Weekly discussion forum contributions (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Assignments (70) [LO 1,2]

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To complete the subject you will need to spend 8-10 hours each week in workshops, reading, preparing assignments, communicating with peers and tutors. Three hours of face-to-face workshops are provided each week to assist you. The workshops require preparatory reading, and active participation working with other students.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

eBook supplied with course:

Worthington, T. (2011) ICT Sustainability: assessment and strategies for a low carbon future / Tom Worthington Tomw Communications, Belconnen, A.C.T. Retrieved from: http://www.tomw.net.au/ict_sustainability/



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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