• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephen Blackburn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP1110
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces students to the tools and techniques for developing software systems of a size and quality of an industrially relevant nature. The course teaches the fundamental strategies of abstraction, decomposition and reuse as methods for constructing such systems. Verification and validation techniques, with an emphasis on testing, are taught as a means to ensure that students are able to deliver software products of the quality required.

In particular, the course will cover: recursive data structures and algorithms; structured data types, abstract data types and their applications; object-oriented programming; and software life-cycle. The course will also introduce some of the theoretical fundamentals that underpins software engineering, including: reasoning about software and its application to specifications, and verification and validation

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • complete the implementation of an Program, given as specification of the required behavior of the class.
  • understand some of the complexities of multi-threading
  • work in a group to complete an assigned task
  • independently use selected writings in computing to analyze and explain technical computing problems.
  • analyze alternatives among simple data-structures -- lists, tables, and trees, for example -- and select the most appropriate structure for a simple task.
  • analyze alternatives among simple algorithms -- sorting and searching, for example -- and select the most appropriate for a simple task.
  • rigorously analyze the correctness of a simple program fragment given a logical description of its required behavior.
  • apply their knowledge of regular expressions to devise a regular expressions to match target phrases.
  • apply their knowledge of testing principles to select appropriate test data for an individual software routine.
  • identify economic implications of the software life cycle to the process of software construction.
  • identify the invariant of a simple loop.
  • apply the technique of recursion to implement simple requirements.

Indicative Assessment

Assignment (30%); Lab Tests (20%); Final Exam (50%)

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Workload

Thirty one-hour lectures and nine two-hour tutorial/laboratory sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed COMP6700.

Prescribed Texts

Cay Horstmann,, Big Java, Wiley, 4th Edition, 2010

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8216 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

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