• Code CECS8002
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by School of Cybernetics
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject CECS Experimental, Interdisciplinary
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Algorithms and Data, Artifical Intelligence, Project Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amy McLennan
    • Mina Henein
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2021
    First Semester 2021
    Autumn Session 2021
    Winter Session 2021
    See Future Offerings

This course has not been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021. Students must attend on-campus activities to complete the course.

Within this course, projects and special topics may be offered that vary from year to year. This course will enable students to develop competencies expected of professionals working in business, government academia or the broader community. There may be internship opportunities available for which students can apply. A holistic selection process will be used to select the best applicant for each opportunity. Students can also propose internships or research projects, but these will always be established following negotiations between the ANU and the potential host organisations or project sponsors, before being offered to students along with other opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and apply selected research literature to inform applied cybernetics analysis of an aspect of a real-world cyber-physical system.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply cybernetics concepts and frameworks to analyse some aspect of a cyber- physical system, accounting for the technical, social, economic, organisational, cultural components of said system.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to frame critical, constructive, and organization-relevant questions, and appropriately apply existing and emerging methodologies to describe and explain challenges surrounding the design, construction, commission, management and/or decommissioning of cyber-physical systems.
  4. Fluently apply a range of techniques, tools and resources to framing questions, analyse data, interpret results and formulate conclusions about cyber-physical systems with the goal to further test the core concepts and methodologies of the new branch of engineering and communicate these to others.
  5. Demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical, management and communication skills to develop independent research and/or design in the field.
  6. Generate and communicate complex outcomes of cyber-physical research in relevant formats for diverse audiences.
  7. Synthesize a wide range of relevant published works and data with primary research data into course project delivery.
  8. Demonstrate ability to work productively with stakeholders and teams in partner organisations, to learn from other professionals and to contribute positively to the knowledge and practice of organizations involved in the project.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Internship or project report (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  2. Presentations (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

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Combination of individual research and/or attendance at the internship placement, attendance at and participation in assessment activities, and writing the reflective report

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Masters of Applied Cybernetics program and have successfully completed CECS6001.

You will need to contact the School of Cybernetics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

To be defined in the 'Independent Study Contract'.

Preliminary Reading

To be defined in the 'Independent Study Contract'.

Assumed Knowledge

This will depend on the nature of the proposed internship or project and will be assessed by the course convener and/or 3A Institute Director. It is recommended that students have previously taken CECS6001, CECS6002 and CECS8001 prior to commencing this Projects in Applied Cybernetics course.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
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
2021 $368 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $490 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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1647 01 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021 31 Mar 2021 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4579 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3606 01 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 30 Jun 2021 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4724 01 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 30 Sep 2021 In Person N/A

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