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This micro-credential examines principles, models and definitions of human and machine intelligence, including consideration of the legal issues arising from the use of artificial intelligence systems, chat bots and other adaptive, quasi-intelligent systems. This offering focuses on the Australian legal system and comparative international issues relating to the way that AI is being designed, developed and deployed in business and government.


  1. Introduction to human/machine cognition
  2. A typology of human/machine cognition
  3. Legal models in the context of human/machine cognition
  4. Implications for the use of human/machine cognition in business and government

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrolees will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Investigate and critically evaluate complex legal problems arising from the use of human/machine cognition.
  2. Distinguish and evaluate risks relating to the use of human/machine cognition systems.
  3. Identify and critically assess the legal principles and rules applicable to human/machine cognition.
  4. Engage in discussions on human/machine cognition in the context of social, financial and global security.

Indicative assessment 

1,200 word research essay: 75%; links to Learning Outcomes 1 and 4

400 word-equivalent activity: 25%, links to Learning Outcomes 2 and 3

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course or as part of a "stack". The three M-Cs proposed for this “Cyber Law" stack are:

  1. Introduction to Data and Cyber Law - Associate Professor Philippa Ryan
  2. Technology and Information Law - Daniel Stewart
  3. Legal models of Human/Machine Cognition - Associate Professor Will Bateman


Course Code: DATA30

Workload: 43 hours 

  • Contact hours: 9 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 34 hours

ANU unit value: 2 units

AQF Level: 9

Contact: Associate Professor Will Bateman, ANU College of Law

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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