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SIT799 - Human Aligned Artificial Intelligence


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mohamed Reda Bouadjenek




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar/workshop per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week


A ‘Terminator’ style Armageddon is a Hollywoodized over-simplification of the future of AI as it is deployed in society. However, AI researchers, industry and governments have a growing concern about the increasing deployment of AI in society without also ensuring these systems are aligned to human requirements. Aligning AI to human needs focuses on the ethical, safe, explainable and interactive requirements of socially deployed AI. This unit will explore these topics from both a philosophical and implementation point of view. In this unit students will study, research, discuss, implement and analyse a range of topics and methods such as: artificial general intelligence, super intelligence; consciousness; ethical conundrums; ethical decision making; safe exploration; constrained AI; legal frameworks; industry standards; competency awareness; black, grey and white box systems; interpretability/transparency; explainability; interactivity; and, AI teaching and learning pedagogies. All areas discussed in this unit are highly active and emerging research areas and students will be expected to explore beyond the unit content


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues concerning safe, ethical, explainable and interactive AI 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO8: Global citizenship


Research, discuss and debate issues and considerations in the human alignment and deployment of AI systems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Implement and analyse the performance of ethical
safe, explainable and interactive AI approaches

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Review and recommend improvements to the legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding the deployment of AI

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship


Recommend human aligned solutions to real-world deployment situations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Learning Portfolio Written and visual documentation, including program code , quizzes, reports, oral/video presentations 100% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must meet certain milestones as part of the portfolio.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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