Friday, March 27, 2009

Green ICT Strategies Course at ANU

My course "Green ICT Strategies" has been approved by The Australian National University ro be offered as a postgraduate course, starting July 2009. Those doing Masters courses at ANU, as well as students at other universities worldwide, as well as those just interested can enrol. The course is still also available from the ACS and the open source content available from my web site.

This is a "flexible" course, with what people familiar with ANU courses will see as an unusual 7000 series course code: COMP7310. The significance of this is that the course will provided mostly online, via the ANU's new "Wattle" system, with the Australian developed Moodle learning management system. There will be face to face workshops, but these are option. The assessment is by contributions to the 13 weekly discussion forums and written assignments. The students could apply online and do the course completely remotely without every setting foot on the campus. But I expect that for many, there will still be benefit from face-to-face interaction.

Green ICT Strategies COMP7310 - Details

Offered By: Department of Computer Science
Academic Career: Graduate Coursework
Course Subject: Computer Science
Offered in: Second Semester, 2009
Unit Value: 6 units
Course Description: ICT is both part of the problem and part of the solution to climate change. A study sponsored by the Australian Computer Society has shown that computers and telecommunications equipment in Australia generated 7.94Mt of carbon dioxide in 2005, 1.52% of national emissions. This course investigates the contribution of ICT to carbon emissions and how technology can reduce those emissions.
This subject is drawn from practices being developed in the public and private sectors internationally. Implementation methodologies and assessment tools currently being field-tested are introduced. Qualification schemes and accreditation are yet to be established and it is possible those completing this subject may be involved in that development.
This course was developed in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society. The Learning Outcomes have been designed for Level 5 competencies of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) common reference model.
Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify new and emerging hardware, software and communication technologies for energy saving and materials reuse.
  2. Ensure that appropriate methods and tools for the planning, development, operation, management and maintenance of systems are adopted and used effectively throughout the organisation.
  3. Recommend alternative solutions which reduce environmental impact, assesses feasibility, and recommends new approaches.
  4. Contribute to the sustainability of the systems capability strategy which meets the strategic requirements of the business. Incorporate Green ICT into the models and plans to drive forward the strategy, taking advantage of opportunities to improve business performance, as well as environmental benefits.
  5. Write green ICT requirement documents for to products and services.
  6. Assess the conformity of systems to environmental standards, such as ISO 14000 series, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), and Energy Star Program.
Indicative Assessment:
  • Contributions to the 13 weekly discussion forums, 20%
  • 2 assignments, 40% each.
CRICOS Provider Number 00120C - ABN: 522 34063906

From: Green ICT Strategies COMP7310, ANU, 2009

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