- Class Number 7072
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Surend Dayal
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
The aim of this course is to give students an appreciation of issues involved in administering legislative rules and to teach students ways of preventing these issues during the legislative drafting phase. The course specifically explores how technology can be used throughout the legislative lifecycle.
Students will be introduced to a methodology and technologies which emphasise the importance of precise and structured legal expression and offer many options to analyse and represent the structure of complex legal material.
Throughout the course, students will be required to learn and apply new technology to the problems at hand.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify, with reference to a given legislative instrument, the drafting office responsible, the drafting style used and critically evaluate the appropriateness of that drafting style to the subject matter of the instrument.
- Identify and analyse the different types of provisions found in the Australian legislation and the purpose and context in which the provisions are used.
- explain and analyse the role technology can play in drafting, evaluating draft legislation and administering legislation, including limitations of various approaches.
- Create a simple legislative rulebase to automate a select piece of legislation.
- Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions concerning the ways in which technology could support legislative drafting and administration in the future.
- Undertake a research project, with intellectual independence.
A reading guide will be made available through the course Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. Please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Overview and Administration. The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence|
|2||Applied Artificial Intelligence: Autonomous Capabilities|
|3||Applied Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning|
|4||Applied Artificial Intelligence: Deep Learning|
|5||Creating a Rulebase (Expert System): Introduction and Basic Rules|
|6||Creating a Rulebase: Basic Rules (continued)|
|7||Creating a Rulebase: Calculations|
|8||Creating a Rulebase: Calculations (continued)|
|9||Creating a Rulebase: Advanced Features|
|10||Creating a Rulebase: Testing|
|11||Assistance with completion of Rulebase Projects|
|12||Assistance with completion of Rulebase Projects|
No tutorial registration available, required, or expected. Please refer to ANU Timetabling for the schedule.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Essay||50 %||05/09/2022||26/09/2022||2,3,5,6|
|Rulebase (Expert System)||50 %||03/11/2022||*||2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
Details of Task: A short quiz covering the main areas of AI and law/ethics discussed in Week 1-6 lectures and tutorials.
Nature of Task: Optional
Release: 1pm, 7 September 2022. Students are able to attempt the quiz multiple times in the period of which the Quiz is open.
Due date: 1pm, 14 September 2022. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.
Estimated return date: Upon completion of the quiz.
Assessment Criteria: The mark for the quiz will be based on the number of correct responses.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5,6
Details of Task: Students will write a research essay on a topic in the area of applied Artificial Intelligence.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.
Release: Suggested topics will be released on WATTLE by the end of the first class.
Word limit: 2,000 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found at https://law.anu.edu.au/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties.
Due date: 5pm, 5 September 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: 26 September 2022
- Understanding and discussion of relevant material.
- Critical evaluation of doctrine.
- Critical evaluation of material.
- Creative and originality of approach.
- Structure including logical development of content/material.
- Research of primary legal (case law and legislation) and scholarly secondary sources.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5
Rulebase (Expert System)
Details of Task: Students will be assessed on their ability to use the provided software to produce a working system accurately modelling a select piece of policy. Accompanying this, students will supply a written report describing the work they have done and the overall operation of the model created. Each student must agree to the area for their rulebase with the course convenor via email by the end of Week 1.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.
Release: You may start work on this at any point, although it is best to wait until the practical training part of the course has started.
Word limit: 2,500 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found at https://law.anu.edu.au/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties.
Due date: 5pm, 3 November 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Official end-of-semester results release date
- Accuracy - faithfulness to the source material.
- Rule construction - ease of reading and understanding.
- Interview flow.
- Calculations and other advanced features.
- [Report] Description of the work.
- [Report] Overall operation of the model created.
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- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
- Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
- Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been given an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time is provided in writing. Please note that the revised due date is calculated by including weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date are penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the assessment task per day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
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Mr Dayal has worked for 25 years in the AI industry, commercialising early Expert System research and ultimately selling a startup in this area to Oracle Corporation. That experience in the field including in Silicon Valley is brought to bear in this course. I'm also interested in IP for Technology companies (particularly startups), e-Commerce and Cybercrime regulation.