Advanced Studies in Computing 4A

Subject COMP40020 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Students are required to attend regular meetings with their supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Permission required from the Head of Department (Computing and Information Systems) to undertake this subject



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

See notes below.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Prof Justin Zobel


Professor Justin Zobel


Subject Overview:

The subject consists of directed study in computer science covering material which is not otherwise available to the student. The details of the topics covered will depend on the course of directed study selected and may involve substantial system development.


On completion of this subject students should have:

  • Broadened and deepened their knowledge of modern concepts and techniques in computer science
  • A project proposal of aproximately 500 words in week 3 (10%)
  • An oral presentation at the end of semester, end of semester (10%)
  • A written report of approximately 6000 words due in week 12 (80%)
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research active
  • Be able to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Have a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning; and
  • Have a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

This subject may only be taken with permission of the Head of Department.

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