• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Norrish
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings
  • STEM Course

COMP4550 (12+12) is an Annual course that must be completed twice, in consecutive semesters.

Students will conduct an individual research project under the close supervision of one or more academic staff. Projects will, at least in part, require the application of theoretical or experimental research techniques. In particular, students will be expected to conduct and present a survey of the literature relevant to the research topic.

Students will prepare a thesis reporting on the research project and its outcomes. They will also be expected to present a poster or a short seminar describing their work.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify a question/problem in a particular field of computing and devise a plan for a research project to investigate the topic.
  2. Apply effective literature search and critical evaluation skills to complete a literature survey in the project topic area.
  3. Select and apply appropriate research methods, tools, techniques to develop research findings and insights.
  4. Effectively communicate research questions, methods and outcomes in oral, written and graphical forms to a broad audience using appropriate tools.
  5. Produce a structured written thesis demonstrating an understanding of the chosen research area.

Work Integrated Learning


This course will allow you to apply your Computer Science knowledge and skills in the planning and execution of your research project. This course provides you with the opportunity to deeply engage with the course content, drive your leaning, build skills and confidence in undertaking a research project.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Thesis (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Annual Course. Student enrol in Semester 1 and Semester 2 in consecutive semesters.

No formal classtime is required in this course. Students will meet regularly with their supervisor througout the semester.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must: Have completed or be currently enrolled in COMP4450 AND find a project/supervisor AND have a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units of courses with the highest marks in cognate disciplines (excluding 1000-level courses) AND have received a permission code by having completed all the steps required for Enrolling in student projects including completing the Student Project Registration Form. Finding a project/supervisor is best done before the start of the semester you are intending to do this course.

You will need to contact the School of Computing to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Note: the Weighted Average mark requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances but requires a strong support letter from the project supervisor.


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 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $9960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $12720
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
4198 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9196 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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