• Code CECS8001
  • Unit Value 12 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 Computer Science, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mina Henein
    • Xuanying Zhu
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
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This is an annual course which enables students to create prototype cyber-physical systems in diverse teams 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’, with an emphasis on making and building. This complements the approach in CECS6001 and CECS6002, which challenge participants to consider CPSs from the ‘outside’ via interrogating case studies.

Participants will not emerge from the course as qualified programmers or computer scientists. Instead, through learning-by-doing, participants will gain sufficient knowledge and practice to drive meaningful and accurate conversations and shape design decisions 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. Interrogate, using accurate terminology, the separate components of cyber-physical systems.
  2. Understand basic principles, capabilities and limits of common components of cyber-physical systems, as well as some of the the social, regulatory, and environmental factors that may shape the capabilities and limits of both the components and the systems they come together to create.
  3. Synthesize technical judgment with principles from concurrent 3AI masters level courses to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts through a holistic and accurate analysis of new and emerging technological constellations.
  4. Plan and execute a substantial research-based project to collectively design, build, manage, assess a cyber-physical system, and develop a standard approach that disciplinary experts can follow to document this process.
  5. Fluently apply teamwork and project management skills to enable a collaborative project leading to the creation of a prototype cyber-physical system.
  6. Critically assess information, including data sources, for accuracy, authenticity, and in consideration of principles of ethical use when creating a new cyber-physical system.
  7. Generate and communicate complex outcomes of cyber-physical research in relevant formats for diverse audiences.
  8. 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Homework (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  2. Skills session participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  3. Learning portfolio (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  4. Maker project (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  5. CPS project (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

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The quantum of work through the semester will be approximately 260 hours per 12 units of 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. Students will need to contact CECS Student Services to request a permission code to enrol. Selection 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 School of Cybernetics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Resource lists for this course range from technical reference manuals to podcasts or media stories of relevance to the course content in a given week. Participants will also be encouraged to continue to draw on materials and tools from CECS6001 and CECS6002.

Assumed Knowledge

The assumed knowledge and requirements to take this course will be documented in the application pack available at https://3ainstitute.cecs.anu.edu.au/


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:
12 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.

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
2022 $790 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $1000 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
4340 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7268 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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