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This is the internal web area for CS Program Convenors and Directors to record policies, current issues, tasks and `know-how' related to our degree programs. Working documents may also be recorded here. It is specifically to record information that anyone acting the the role of convenor (including someone temporarily assuming the role) needs to know, particularly if it is not available on the corresponding degree's open web pages. The aim is to enhance transparency and consistency in associated decision making, as well as facilitate sharing of the role.

Typical policies include: relaxing of requirements for admission, awarding of status from previous studies, exemptions from core courses (e.g.from previous studies), which elective courses may be counted to the degree, what exceptions may be made for awarding of degrees and majors/specializations/minors?

General policies:

  • VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity may be counted as a COMP course in all degrees (PS 02/12)

Program-related pages

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standings Information

This page is for information on established advanced standings arrangements that Program Convenors may need to know about (e.g. to advise/check enrolments). Note that for the 2-way arrangements, the enrolment patterns may be highly constrained as students must also fulfil the requirements of their original degree.

General Status Determinations

See the CECS page for durations from various polytechnics. These need revision in some cases.

Beijing Institute of Technology (2-way)

Advanced Standing for BAC and BSEng (08/11) 
Enrolment Patterns for BAC and BSEng (08/11)

Canberra Institute of Technology

The following were determined in Jan 2010 (PS) for the following specializations in the CIT Diploma in Information Technology:

  • Software Development: 
    0.5 yrs standing - COMP1100, COMP1710, 12u 1000-level electives 
    1.0 yrs standing - COMP1100, COMP1710, COMP1110/1510, COMP1510, COMP2400, 24u 1000-level electives
  • General, Website Development: 
    COMP1100, COMP1710, COMP2400, 6u 1000-level electives
  • Networking, Systems Administration: 
    COMP2410, 18u 1000-level electives
  • Multimedia: 
    COMP1100, COMP1710, 12u 1000-level electives
  • Database Design and Development, Systems Analysis and Design 
    COMP1100, COMP2400, 12u 1000-level electives

See articulation of Associate Degree Specialising in Engineering for status for that degree.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Status for Advanced Diploma in Professional Games Development: 
COMP1100, COMP1710, COMP1110/1510, COMP1710, COMP2100/2500, 12 1000-level electives, 12u 2000-level electives


Neusoft Dalian

2+2 standings for BAC and BSEng (12/12)

Bachelor of Advanced Computing

Bachelor of Advanced Computing Convenor's page



(PS 01/12)

  • enrolment advice to students. Typically before start of semester.
  • other advice to students.
  • oversee running of BAC-specific courses (currently COMP1130/40)
  • attend 1st lecture comp1130 - give an overview of degree and put the `advanced computing' parts into perspective (avoid the panic of 2012)
  • prepare BAC(R&D) specific courses
  • liase with academics involved with interdisciplinary courses in the majors; check studyat for changes in scheduling, prereqs
  • review and if needed maintain program rules
  • assist with the marketing of the degree
  • write/review documents referring to the degree


  • enrolment in CBE courses STAT1003 and MGMT3027 is current tedious; seeking blocks of permission codes (PS 02//13)
  • enrolment patterns for fulfilling the majors is complex and basically needs to be customized for each student
  • more needs to be done to foster interactions between BAC students (e.g. lunches)


  • Relaxing of requirements for admission. 
    Handled currently by Student Services. (PS 01/12)
  • Awarding of status from previous studies.
    As per normal. COMP1130/40 are problematic in that the `Advanced Computing' component is unlikely to be covered elsewhere. (PS 01/12)
  • Exemptions from core courses. 
    So far, none. (PS 01/12)
  • Which elective courses may be counted? 
    Any allowed by the rules. COMP2400 to be encouraged. (PS 01/12)
  • What exceptions may be made for awarding of degrees and majors/specializations/minors? 
    So far, none. (PS 01/12)
    • STAT1003 and STAT2001 are considered equivalent.(PS 01/12)
    • STAT1003 and STAT1008 also - but discourage unless really needed (PS 01/13)
  • Flexibility in the Fulfilment of Majors: 
    a lternate courses may be approved, provided it is consisent with the `spirit' of the major, e.g. in the Computational Foundations major, any of the other MATH courses listed may be substituted for MATH2301.(PS 02/13)
  • Changes to the Majors: 
    the essential characteristic of the BAC majors is that students must complete at least one course offered outside RSCS, in order to gain an interdisciplinary perspective. Provided this is kept, suggestions from the respective Research Groups are encouraged (PS 02/13)

Bachelor of Information Technolog

no content to carry over

Bachelor of Software Engineering

no content to carry over


Masters Convenors page





Some notes from enrolment day, 16 February 2012 (Peter Christen):

  • Nearly half of the students arrived without any idea about what courses to take, and only some of them had an idea of what direction (specialisation) they were interested in. 
    A suggestion is to compile a handout which we can send to students which summarises each specialisation, and also proposes a suggested enrolment pattern (which needs to be updated every year according to courses offered).


  • Offering specialisations with only a very small number of courses (one per semester) is not good. I had one student who was really disappointed that most courses in Computer Systems were not offered in 2012. The new 2-years Masters program should improve upon this.


  • The most common questions were: 
    - What (programming) language is used in this course? 
    - I want to do a course with X. (X=Java, C#, etc.) 
    - How much programming do I have to do in this course? 
    Mentioning programming languages etc. in course outlines would therefore be useful.


  • Enrolment in MCOMP Project courses 
    As these all require departmental permission to enroll, these should not be written the Student Enrolment forms when students arrive at ANU. (PS 01/12)
  • Relaxing of requirements for admission
    • MCOMP H: has no Admission Requirements on StudyAT!! For students MCOMP H after the MCOMP, we should require a Distinction average (possibly relax to high credit). Note that we had a significant number of sub-standard MCOMP H students in 2011 who had Credit averages for the MCOMP. (PS 01/12)
  • Awarding of status from previous studies.
  • Exemptions from core courses.
  • Which elective courses may be counted?
  • What exceptions may be made for awarding of degrees and majors/specializations/minors?


Honours Convenors (undergraduate and postgraduate page




  • Selection of examiners: workloads, knowledge of area, predisposition to mark too leniently or severely


  • Relaxing of requirements for admission.
  • Awarding of status from previous studies. Generally not done.
  • Which courses may be counted? See the Honours students pages. These imply COMP6XXX courses double-badged with COMP2XXX or below courses are not acceptable. In 2011, COMP6341 was felt to be a borderline case, requiring extra assessment to bring up to Honours standard (PS 01/12).
  • Plagiarism in Thesis Writeup. In a recent case where it occurred in the Background chapter, the student was made to properly cite the references and resubmit (PS 01/12).
  • Selection of examiners

CS Projects

CS Projects Co-ordinator page




  • Student web pages. These are on /cs/pub/Student/projects, with pages likely to be edited by multiple people made group-writeable. A transition to the new RSCS web page area should be considered.
  • The minimum degree of participation in the Practice Sessions will be mandatory policy will be difficult to enforce from 2012, due to changes in the ANU policy. (PS 01/12)
  • `Imbalance' of students wishing to do projects in a particular area, creating extra supervisory loads on academics,
  • Selection of examiners: workloads, knowledge of area, predisposition to mark too leniently or severely.
  • Inappropriate selection of project topics for COMP87*0 courses. Students wish to nominate a particular MCOMP Specialization may want to do a project that is not appropriate. Hence their nomination of a COMP87*0 course needs to be carefully checked. (PS 01/12)

Policies (specific)

  • Enrolment in COMP3750/60
    This should be discouraged unless really essential to get a Major under old (2009 and before) BIT rules. COMP3740 should be used instead.(PS 01/12)
  • Relaxing of Project Course Prerequisites
    COMP3740 - should be no need to relax. COMP87*0 courses normally taken in 2nd semester of study by MCOMP students.(PS 01/12)
  • Enrolment in project courses
    Students should negotiate supervisor and topic, and submit an Independent Study Contract. When approved, the Co-ordinator gives requests a Permission Code to be sent to the student. Ideally this happens by week 2. (PS 01/12)

Curriculum Development Committee

Date Documents Date Documents
12-03-2015 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs 26-05-2015 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs
06-08-2015 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs 24-09-2015 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs
29-10-2015 Out of session docs 25-02-2016 Agenda, Minutes
24-03-2016 Agenda 14-04-2016 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs
29-04-2016 Minutes, Minutes Extension 30-06-2016 Agenda, Misc Docs

Agenda, App 5A, Misc Docs
Peer Review ToR


Meeting details for S2, 2016

Date Time Location
08-09-2016 12-2pm B123
20-10-2016 12-2pm B123


Student Representative Committee

Meeting details for S2, 2016

Date Time Location
25-08-2016 11:30am - 1pm N101
29-09-2016 11:30am - 1pm N101
21-10-2016 11:30am - 1pm N101


Course Convenors

Date Documents Date Documents
28-08-2014 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs 16-10-2014 Minutes
07-05-2015 Agenda, Minutes 28-08-2015 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs
09-10-2015 Agenda, Minutes 03-03-2016 Agenda, Minutes
31-03-2016 Agenda, Minutes, Misc Docs 12-05-2016 Agenda, Minutes
04-08-2016 Agenda, Minutes 01-09-2016 Agenda

Meeting details for S2, 2016

Date Time Location
14-08-2016 12:30-2pm N101
01-09-2016 12:30-2pm N101
13-10-2016 12:30-2pm N101



Meeting details for S2, 2016

Date Time Location Category
21-11-2016 9:30-12:30 N101 Honours
22-11-2016 10-11 N101 Projects
22-11-2016 11-12:30 N101 1000/2000 courses
22-11-2016 1:30-3 N101 3000/4000 courses
22-11-2016 3-4 N101 6000/7000/8000 courses


This page contains course and program review information.

Course Review

    It is expected that at least one course will be externally reviewed and at least one course peer-reviewed each semester. Note that the courses are reviewed in the semester following the one in which they were actually offered.

    External Review

    Review reports

    Year Semester 1 Semester 2
    2014 COMP3600 COMP2100/2500/6442
    2015 COMP1730 COMP4130
    2016 COMP3900  


    Peer Review

    Review reports

    Year Semester 1 Semester 2
    2015   COMP2300, COMP6700, COMP8100
    2016 COMP1730, COMP3100, COMP3610, COMP8705

    Review notes

    COMP1100/1130, COMP2410 ToR (draft), Comp3120, Comp3630


    Program Review

    Year Program
    2013-2016 Revisions to Undergraduate Programs
    2016 MComp ToR (draft)


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