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The Australian National University

COMP7310: ICT Sustainability

Topic: Reduce carbon emissions and increase organisation efficiency with computers.

ICT Sustainability is about how to assess, and reduce, the carbon footprint and materials used with computers and telecommunications. Strategies can reduce the environmental impact of computers and make business more energy efficient.

Enrolled students access the course via the Wattle Learning Management System.

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Delivery: On-line with no attendance required

Students can undertake the course entirely online via the web from anywhere in the world. Available:

See the StudyAt entry for Course Description and Learning Outcomes.

COMP7310 is offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Tom Worthington

Tom Worthington addressing a Senate Committee on IT Policy

Student testimonial from last semester

Brian Stewart
Chief Information Officer
Athabasca University

"I enjoyed the course very much. It met my objectives and has moved me forward considerably in the whole are of Green IT. The other participants were really good and I was fortunate to have such company.

Very pleased I took it."


Students are assessed on their contributions to the course weekly online discussion forum. One mid-semester and end of semester written assignment require the student to estimate the carbon emissions of Information and Communication Technologies at a real organisation and recommend how to reduce it. There are no examinations for the course.


Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) consultant to government and industry.

The ICT Sustainability course is designed by Tom Worthington, a Past President, Certified Professional, Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society. Tom has been a consultant on computer energy use to the federal Environment Department. Tom was commissioned by the ACS to write the world's first globally certified green ICT course, which the ANU course is a development of. He received the ACT ICT Educator of the Year Award 2009, for this course and is the author of "ICT Sustainability: Assessment and Strategies for a Low Carbon Future".

Green ICT Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do I Have To Come To The Campus To Do The Course?

    No, the course is delivered via the web.

  • How Much Work Is Required To Pass The Course?

    You need to complete the set weekly readings and other activities. You are required to participate in the weekly online forums to pass the course.

  • Will I Learn How to Design Low Power Computers?

    No, this is a course for people who supervise those who do the technical work.

  • I Have Seen A Three Day Course Offering Green Certification. How Is It That Your Course Takes Weeks

    This is a full, university-level course.

  • Will This Be Of Use In My Work?

    Yes. The course is designed to answer questions relevant to many government, commercial and non-profit organisations, including how do we measure our carbon emissions, conform to government requirements and reduce our carbon emissions? With your employer's permission you can write your assignments as workplace reports.

  • Can I Have More Time For The Assignments?

    No. The course requires students to participate in weekly online forums and submit two written assignments. These are an essential part of learning and have fixed deadlines. Extensions will be allowed only for medical and other genuine emergencies.

  • Do I Have To Sit An Exam?

    No. All assessment is by weekly forum discussion and assignments.

  • Do I Have To Write Essays?

    Yes. The major part of the assessment is two written assignments. However, the weekly forums are designed to help the students be ready to write their assignments.

  • Do I Need A Degree In Computer Science?

    No. The course assumes no technical knowledge of computing. If you do not have a degree, you are expected to have work experience in the ICT or similar areas. Reading and writing business reports would be a suitable background for a prospective student.

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