• Code CYBN6002
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Cybernetics
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Cybernetics
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Intelligent Systems, Algorithms and Data, Artifical Intelligence, Cybernetics
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Wong
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

In this course, we will build on the conceptual approach to Applied Cybernetics developed in CYBN6001. Students will investigate and analyse socio-environmental-technological systems using cybernetic methodologies.  

Through the course, we will challenge students to study and analyse various examples of cybernetic systems, employing systems analysis and complementary methodologies to explore concepts of safety, sustainability, responsibility and scale.   


By the end of the course, students will be able to critically explore the ways cybernetic systems are planned, designed, built, operated, maintained and regulated, as well as assess how complex systems link to and affect other systems, both physical and non-physical. Students will be able to identify mechanisms that restrict, shape and support cybernetic systems being deployed at scale.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate existing and emerging theories and practices in the safe, responsible and sustainable design and management of cybernetic systems 
  2. Apply and extend existing and emerging theories and practices to a range of cybernetic systems at scale
  3. . Critically frame constructive questions, provocations, and interventions to interrogate, explain, and shape cybernetic systems at scale 
  4. Communicate cybernetic concepts and practices to diverse audiences using a variety of approaches and information channels 
  5. Apply teamwork and project management skills to enable collaborative and productive works 

Work Integrated Learning


Multidisciplinary projects, innovation project

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial exercise (Engaging with concepts and resources) (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Applied Cybernetics Methodology Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Individual Portfolio (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Industry Project (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The quantum of work through the semester will be approximately 130 hours per 6 units of course. This will include a mixture of workshops and group work, as well as independent reading, viewing, listening and study. They will also participate in whole-of-Institute activities.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed CECS6001 or CYBN6001. Incompatible with CECS6002.

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 book chapters and journal articles on core theoretical concepts and research methods drawn from a range of research traditions, to think tank and industry white papers and case studies, to media stories and podcasts of relevance to the course content for a given topic. Participants will also be encouraged to continue to draw on materials and tools from CYBN6001 and CYBN8001.

Students are expected to engage with all the resources assigned.

Here is an indicative selection from across the course.

  • Andrews, Zoe, Fitzgerald, John, Payne, Richard and Alexander Romanovsky (2013) Fault Modeling for Systems of Systems in 2013 IEEE Eleventh International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS), pp. 108 IEEE.
  • Beamon, Benita M (1998) Supply Chain design and analysis: models and methods. International Journal of Production Economics 55, no 3: 281:294
  • Friedman, Batya, and Peter H. Kahn. “Human Agency and Responsible Computing: Implications for Computer System Design.” Journal of System Software 17, no. 1 (January 1992): 7–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/0164-1212(92)90075-U.
  • Midgley, Gerald. 2000, Systemic intervention : philosophy, methodology, and practice. Kluwer Academic/Plenum New York
  • Meadows, Donella H., and Diana Wright. 2015. Thinking in systems: a primer.
  • Miller, T. Christian, Megan Rose, Robert Faturechi, and Agnes Chang. “The Navy Installed Touch-Screen Steering Systems To Save Money. Ten Sailors Paid With Their Lives.” ProPublica, December 20, 2019. https://features.propublica.org/navy-uss-mccain-crash/navy-installed-touch-screen-steering-ten-sailors-paid-with-their-lives/.
  • Vespignani, Alessandro (2010). Complex networks: The fragility of interdependency. Nature 464, no.7291: 984.
  • de Visser, Ewart J., Richard Pak, and Tyler H. Shaw. (2018) "From ‘automation’ to ‘autonomy’: the importance of trust repair in human–machine interaction." Ergono

Assumed Knowledge

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


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 to 12 units

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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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $830 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9305 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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