Dr Lynette Johns-Boast

BA (Modern European Languages) ANU; Grad Dip Information Systems, UC; PhD (Engineering Education), ANU
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
T: +61 2 6125 4526

Areas of expertise

  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development 130202
  • Science, Technology And Engineering Curriculum And Pedagogy 130212
  • Higher Education 130103
  • Software Engineering 080309
  • Information Systems Development Methodologies 080608

Research interests

My broad research area is engineering education & curriculum design and development in higher education.

My research includes curriculum design and development in higher education, engineering education and the transfer of learning between university and the workplace, experiential and cooperative learning, personality and successful teams in software engineering, open educational resources (OER) and learning object repositories (LOR), and women in engineering.

The interest in OERs and LORs is centred on how we can design and develop repositories of educational resources that can be re-used, re-purposed and re-combined according to the official curriculum to create courseware and adaptive and personalised educational systems.


I have a BA from the ANU (1982) in modern European languages, a Graduate Diploma in Information Systems from the CCAE (now UC) (1988) and a PhD in engineering education from the ANU (2016). My PhD thesis was entitled "Engineering the curriculum: Towards an adaptive curriculum" (https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/110397).

I am a Lecturer in software engineering in the Research School of Computer Science (RSCS), College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and a member of the Software Intensive Systems Engineering (SISE) and the Education Development (EDU) Groups. 

Since 2014, I have been the post graduate coursework convenor for the Research School of Computer Science (RSCS). Currently I am the course convenor and lecturer for Systems Engineering for Software Engineers (COMP3530/COMP6353), and convenor for Managing Software Development (COMP3120), Managing Software Projects in a Systems Context (COMP8110), Managing Software Quality and Process (COMP4130), Professional Practice I & II (COMP6250 & COMP8260). For the period 2006 to 2012 I was course convenor and lecturer-in-charge for the Software Engineering Group Projects for third and fourth year students (COMP3100 / COMP3500 / COMP4500). I have also previously taught Software Analysis and Design (COMP3110 / COMP6311), Managing Software Projects in a Systems Context (COMP8110) and Software Process (COMP4110).

Prior to joining the ANU as a lecturer in 2005, I had 20 years’ experience in the information technology industry in Australia and the United Kingdom, including establishing a very successful small business which provides bespoke software and consultancy services to the Australian Federal Government in Canberra. 


I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy of the UK in 2014. In 2012 I received the Australian Council of Engineering Deans National Award for Engineering Education Excellence and in 2007 I received the “WICked Woman of the Year” award from the Canberra Women in Information and Communication (WIC) for my contribution to developing, encouraging and mentoring young women in industry and at university.


Researcher's projects

The Engineering Hubs and Spokes Project

December 2008 – December 2012

The Engineering 'Hubs and Spokes' Project is a collaboration between The Australian National University and the University of South Australia. It draws on the strengths of each to provide a flexible training environment for undergraduate and graduate learning. As well as being the project manager, I have played a lead role in developing a proof of concept Learning Object Repository. The repository is used to store the courseware and artefacts created as part of the project so that they will remain accessible to staff at either university after the conclusion of the project.

Available student projects


  1. Project-based learning
    For details of this project please see: https://cs.anu.edu.au/research/student-research-projects/project-based-learning
  2. Student expectations and their effects on learning
    For details of this project please see: https://cs.anu.edu.au/research/student-research-projects/student-expectations-and-their-effects-learning




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