• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Norrish
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings
  • STEM Course

COMP8800 is an Annual course (12+12) that must be completed twice, in consecutive semesters.

This course requires students to conduct a substantial individual research project under academic supervision, with a formal thesis being submitted and presentation of a seminar or poster.

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. Implement 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 advanced understanding of the chosen research area.

Work Integrated Learning


This capstone 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.

Other Information

Please note MMLCV students need to receive permission to enroll in this course from both their Program convener and the Course convener and they will need to use 12 units of their ANU electives to complete this course. 

Indicative Assessment

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

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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 throughout the semester.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must: be enrolled in the Master of Computing (Advanced) AND have completed COMP6445 AND COMP6442 AND COMP8260 AND recieve a permission code by completing the steps listed on Enrolling in student projects and having submitted the Student Project Registration Form OR be enrolled in the Master of Machine and Computer Learning AND have completed (COMP6710 OR COMP6730) AND (COMP6250 OR COMP8260) AND have completed OR be currently enrolled in COMP6445 AND receive a permission code by completing the steps listed on Enrolling in student projects and having submitted the Student Project Registration Form Incompatible with COMP8715. You also need to have a signed 'Independent Study contract' with a supervisor before the start of the semester in which you plan to start your project.

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

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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
4230 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
9221 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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