• Class Number 4697
  • Term Code 3350
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Hacker Exchange “Great Global Challenge"
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Penny Kyburz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/06/2023
  • Class End Date 31/08/2023
  • Census Date 07/07/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 25/06/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course is available so that senior students can pursue, under supervision, topics that are not covered in the regular curriculum of some aspect of computer science. The activities in the course will be some combination of lectures, reading, writing and project work, as appropriate to the topic. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Learning Outcomes will be determined for each individual student and recorded in an 'Independent Study Contract' at the beginning of the course.

There are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 HEX International Intensive Program Full participation in program required. Ungraded/CRS-CRN.
2 HEX Summit A full day of HEX presentations following intensive program. Ungraded/CRS-CRN.
3 HEX Reflective Report Final assessment item due following HEX participation. Ungraded/CRS-CRN.

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Completion of the HEX International Program 0 % 08/07/2023 22/07/2023 2,4
Presentation 50 % 18/08/2023 01/09/2023 1,3,4
Reflective Report 50 % 31/08/2023 14/09/2023 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Course will be ungraded/CRS-CRN.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 08/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Completion of the HEX International Program

This is a hurdle requirement for the course. It will require full-time attendance for the full 2 weeks of the program, and attendance at all sessions run by the Hacker Exchange.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 18/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 01/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4


The student will present what they learnt during the 2 week-long intensive challenge, and during their research and follow-up activities in the weeks following that challenge. Students will reflect on how that has changed their professional development roadmap, and on any consequences for that student’s personal entrepreneurial/innovation journey. This presentation will include personal highlights from the challenge and summarise key concepts deeply in terms of the student’s own projects/education/career.

Presentations will take place as part of a full-day HEX summit, with each presentation taking up to 15 minutes, plus 5 minutes of question and feedback time.

The marking criteria should be as follows:

Quality – Overall quality of presentation (inc. diction, delivery, media, etc.), 20%

Start-up Process – Ability to deeply explain one of the stages of the start-up process (e.g., customer validation) and explore how this would be done using their own start-up as an example, 15%

Personal Start-up Progress – Looking forward, a pitch of your own (start-up) entrepreneurial /innovation journey, and an ‘executive summary’ of the start-up idea, including the future vision, brand, value proposition, and customer validation, 15%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 31/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 14/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Reflective Report

Maximum 2000-word report, not including references, figures, table of contents, etc.

Report should include: (i) what has been learnt and experienced, both during the challenge, and during the post-challenge research, (ii) reflective notes regarding how the material relates to, and impacts on the student’s entrepreneurial/innovation/career ambition, and (iii) a description about what the student intends/would-ideally achieve next to progress

the initiative started in the challenge.

The report can link to: results from customer validation surveys, links to prototypes for business ideas, transcripts of interviews with leading technologists, or any other artefacts from the program that would provide value to an external party.

Report will be assessed based on 4 criteria:

Coherence and Quality of Written Communication – quality of the report, academic rigor, evidence of professionalism, readability, and degree to which the report engages the reader, 10%;

Critical and Constructive Reflection – ability to reflect deeply and constructively with respect to the student’s personal entrepreneurial / innovation journey, especially in regard to what has been covered in the challenge, 20%;

Evidence of Impact – ability to summarise for others what has been achieved, by the individual and by their team, over the course of the program and in post-challenge research, and how valuable that is, 10%;

Evidence of Meaningful Engagement with the Program – demonstration of concrete personal outcomes, that may be conceptual, pedagogical, social, and/or directly relevant to the progression of the student’s business and/or innovation agenda. A demonstration of, and reflection on feedback that has been actively sought, and on the ideas being engaged with and developed in the program, 10%;

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Penny Kyburz

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