• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This postgraduate course focuses on the key communication skills expected of ICT professionals, particularly those interested in employment in predominantly English-speaking operating environments such as Australia. Computing professionals work in a diverse range of contexts, most of which demand high-quality communication skills in order for individuals to function as effective problem-solvers, team members, project managers and active participants in local, national and international communities. The integration of a practical focus on these skills into the engineering curriculum reflects contemporary expectations of graduates held by professional organisations; enables students to become more confident, competent communicators; and enhances the employment opportunities of graduate computing professionals. This course emphasises proficiency in all of the macro-skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and enables students to identify and to remedy any English language deficits.

Learning Outcomes

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

Successful completion of this course will enable students to apply their technical expertise in their engineering specialisation on the basis of greater confidence in their capacity to communicate effectively in spoken and written English. Students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken English to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Identify and use appropriate sources of information when developing professional documents.
  • Maintain and develop appropriate, effective and professional forms of documentation.
  • Demonstrate effective team membership skills and contribute collaboratively within diverse team environments.
  • Articulate and reflect on the industry expectations of competence and conduct in engineering and computing professions.

Indicative Assessment

20% Continuous assessment (individual and group language tasks)

10% Report (short)

10% Oral presentation (mid-semester)

10% Report (long)

10% Oral presentation (end-of-semester)

20% Meeting simulation

20% Seminar attendance and participation

NOTE: All assessment items must be submitted and passed in order to complete this course. Some assessment tasks will be jointly assessed by technical and non-technical instructors.  

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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COMP8701 is a semester course which consists of 12 one-hour lectures and 12 two-hour seminars. Students are required to attend one lecture and one seminar each week. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory; any student who is absent on more than three occasions and does not provide relevant medical certificates will be deemed to have failed this component of the course. In addition to the weekly lectures and seminars, students are expected to dedicate a further seven non-contact hours to this subject, including:
  • preparing for lectures and seminars by completing the weekly readings and set tasks
  • undertaking the necessary research, drafting and proofreading necessary for the production of high-quality major assessment tasks
  • collaborating with peers to complete group assessment tasks
  • monitoring personal academic progress to ensure that any issues are discussed with the lecturer or course convenor and addressed in a timely manner.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Computing (7706)

Assumed Knowledge

Students entering this course are assumed to be competent in English. International students must have achieved an IELTS Overall Band Score of at least 6.0 or the equivalent standard in another recognised qualification.


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:
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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