• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Software Engineering, Software Development, Algorithms and Data, Computer Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Stephen Blackburn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course introduces students to the tools and techniques for developing software systems. 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 development processes. The course will also introduce some of the theoretical fundamentals that underpin computer science.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  • Given a specification of the required behavior of a simple program the student should be able to: design, implement, and test a solution.
  • Understand some of the complexities of multi-threading.
  • 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 behaviour.
  • 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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Thirteen three-hour tutorial/laboratory/lecture sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Bachelor of Software Engineering 4708 or Bachelor of Software Engineering/Science 4711 or Bachelor of Software Engineering/Commerce 4712 or ASENG and have completed COMP1100 or COMP1130. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed COMP1110 or COMP1140 or COMP2750.

Prescribed Texts

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


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3288
2004 $3234
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6910 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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