• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Robotics, Intelligent Systems, Artifical Intelligence
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Jochen Renz
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This is an advanced postgraduate course that offers students the opportunity to study a special thematic area within the discipline of Artificial Intelligence.

The topics will vary from year to year in response to emerging theoretical and practical issues in the discipline, as well as the research interests and expertise of academics and sessional staff. They will be drawn from the broad areas of Artificial Intelligence, and could include (but not limited to) the following topics: Planning, Scheduling, Games, Search, Reasoning (constraint-based, model-based, spatial, temporal), Knowledge representation, Decision-making under uncertainty, Integrated planning and learning, Reinforcement learning, and Robotics.

Please see the class website for the specific topics covered in a particular semester.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Gain both a wide and a deep knowledge of the topic(s) taught in the current instance of the course.
  2. Navigate through, and critically examine, the scientific literature on the taught topic(s).
  3. Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship in the advanced topic(s)
  4. Reflect on current approaches of the advanced topic(s) and evaluate their limitations

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (55) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Final Exam and/or Project (45) [LO 1,2,3]

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A total of 130 hours including lectures, tutorials and self study.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP6320 or COMP3620. Incompatible with COMP4620.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

We will not follow one particular textbook, rather we will use appropriate chapters of books or research papers.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have solid background knowledge in general computer science (e.g., programming experience; some basic theoretical CS), but no specialist knowledge.


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:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9222 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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