• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Advanced Computing
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Jochen Renz
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021. Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged.

This course provides students with hands-on experience of being a researcher in the computing discipline. It exposes the students to research skills, problem solving skills, team work and project management. Each student will work on a small-scale research project supervised by an academic researcher. A central part of the course will be a mock-conference to which all students will submit a paper to about their research. Students will anonymously review each others papers, respond to the reviews and submit a final version of their paper that considers reviewer comments. At the end of the course, students will give a talk about their research and present a poster. Throughout the course there will be meetings where students discuss all aspects of their projects, as well as a set of lectures about different aspects of being a successful researcher.

Learning Outcomes

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

After successfully completing this subject the student will be able to:

1. Understand the main principles and concepts in at least two areas of computer science that are being actively shaped by research.

2. Have an understanding of the research methods being employed in these areas.

3. Have a basis of the knowledge and skills in research projects that can be built upon for more substantial projects.

4. Have an understanding of how to be a successful researcher.

5. Have a finished research paper that can be submitted for publication to one of the conferences or workshops in the area of their project. 

Indicative Assessment

Initial paper (30%), reviews (5%), rebuttal (5%), final paper (30%), seminar talk (15%), poster presentation (15%). Each assessment has a hard deadline that needs to be met. This is part of the reality of being a researcher.

 The course will use a professional conference management system for paper submission, reviewing and rebuttals. 

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As many hours as necessary for meetings with supervisor(s) and a nominal 10 hours per wee

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing(R&D) and have completed COMP2550. Honours students in the second semesters of their Honours thesis can be admitted on request.

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you must  be studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing(R&D)  and have completed COMP2550. Honours students in the second semesters of their Honours thesis can be admitted on request. 



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 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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4564 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 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
5523 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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