Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI920
Subject Name Contemporary Topics in Computer Science
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites CSCI814
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Presentations; White paper (individual); Group Report on a grand challenge; Final Examination
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in Tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments.

Subject Availability
Session CCNU Session 2 2016/2017  (14-02-2017 to 17-06-2017)
Campus Central China Normal University Wuhan
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Xiaohui Yuan
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Luping Zhou
Willy Susilo
Instance Comment  
Census Date 10-03-2017

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hr lect, 2 hrs tutorial
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Gene Awyzio
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Gene Awyzio
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
This subject examines both the history and current trends in addition to ethical codes and professional practice within the computer science discipline. Topics covered will include influential people and devices, mathematical computation, hardware, languages, paradigms, input and output of code, group work, professional and ethical responsibilities, social context of computing, privacy and civil liberties, current and emergent trends including carbon centric coding, cloud computing, quantum computing and ethical implications of current computing trends and future trends. Within these areas student will examine and explore a wide range of topics with a view to examining the current computing grand challenges.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Trace the development of computing as a guide to identify impacts and future trends.
2. Identify ethical issues that arise in computer science and determine how to address them technically and ethically.
3. Specify the strengths and weaknesses of relevant professional codes as expressions of professionalism and guides to decision-making.
4. Examine the impact of current trends in computer science from an ethical viewpoint.
5. Demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team.
6. Report upon these trends in a professional manner using presentations, white papers and group reports.


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