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CSC8480 Computing Complementary Studies A

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Ron Addie
Moderator: Stijn Dekeyser


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE


This course exists to satisfy need for some flexibility in Honours and Masters programs in Computing to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specialisations of students. Enrolment in this course is only available to students in Honours, Masters and some other Postgraduate programs and such enrolment requires the permission of the Department Postgraduate and Research Coordinator.


The course provides the opportunity for a student to pursue an area of study that will complement the other studies in the student's program. Typically, the course will consist of specialised investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area. The studies could involve, for example, directed readings, extension of the project (where appropriate), or some other approved activity which would complement the student's studies in the program. This course can be combined with CSC4490 to provide the opportunity to undertake a larger project. In this case, the overall structure of the two courses is similar to one course, but twice as long. In such cases, at the discretion of the Supervisor, the research methodology module from CSC4400 may be included in the student's required workload, including assessment items selected from that module by the Supervisor. This course may also be used as an extension of existing undergraduate courses in cases where a student undertaking an Honours or Masters program wishes to undertake studies in this area. In such cases, approval for the proposed studies must be sought from the Department Postgraduate Coordinator.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and skills in the complementary study area


Description Weighting(%)
1. No specific topics can be listed as the content of the course may vary from student to student. Assessment for the course will also vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the third week of semester, the supervisor will provide to the Examiner, for approval by the Associate Dean -

an outline of the study

the objectives of the study

the format, timing and weighting of the assessment items for the study

a statement about attendance requirements

requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily

the method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade

examination information

examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held

any other requirements deemed necessary by the Examiner

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  • To be advised by the student's Supervisor.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 150.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
APPROVED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 100 100 27 Jun 2014 (see note 1)

  1. Further details about the assessment requirements are detailed in the Assessment Information section of the course.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    The complementary study area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the Examiner and the appropriate Program Coordinator. Students may be directed to a certain complementary study, or they may be asked to nominate an appropriate study. It is the student's responsibility to find a staff member willing to supervise their study. It is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To be advised when student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be advised when student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  6. Examination information:
    To be advised when student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    To be advised when student's Complementary Studies is determined.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The supervisor will advise the student and the Examiner of the details of the study and the assessment program in writing by the end of week 3 of the semester as in TOPICS above.

  2. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.