• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shayne Flint
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course is about the implementation (construction) phase and test phase of the software construction process.It develops students' skills in programming at the pragmatic level and at an increased level of abstraction. Students will create individual practical assignments on the small scale, and read, critique, and modify medium scale software systems, in part through two major assignments over the whole semester. The system is closely specified and designed around a strong architectural structure, exemplifying abstraction and design patterns, and a graphical user interface. During the course students learn to improve their own software development practices by following the Personal Software Process to learn time management, planning, and quality control.

The following topics are covered: working with larger software systems; code review and inspections; test planning and unit testing (derived from specification and design documents); object-oriented (Java), and scripting (Bash) languages; recursive data structures; graphical user interfaces; the Personal Software Process; build tools (Make and Ant) and version control (Subversion); use of external code libraries; introductory software design patterns.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completing this course students are expected to be able to:

  1. Construct and modify small to medium scale computer programs
    • apply all aspects of software construction for a representative variety of small to medium scale object-oriented programs up to around 300 lines of code containing up to 7 classes;
    • make modifications (including source code design, implementation, and testing) within a moderate-sized Java program system (1000 - 10000 lines of code), given a documented specification, design and implementation of the system
    • have elementary or better competence with standard software development tools and methods: text editor, compiler, integrated software development environment, command line scripting, automated build tools, version control, unit test design, code review
    • use and analyse a personal software process in constructing small computer programs
  2. Compare several forms of abstraction in object-oriented software design and construction: inheritance, generic types, polymorphism, procedural abstraction, abstract recursive data structures (including abstract syntax trees); and to apply them appropriately in constructing programs.
  3.  Use common programming knowledge resources to find, understand, and apply online manuals and tutorials for software tools, programming language components, and software libraries
  4. Describe the underlying principles of three major aspects of software construction and to apply the appropriate tools:
    • version control (using the Subversion tool)
    • unit testing (using the JUnit tool)
    • automatic build process (using the Make or Ant tool)

Indicative Assessment

Lecture preparation (12%); Weekly practice (48%); Final Exam (practical 20%, theory 20%)

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP6700 or COMP6710.

Prescribed Texts

There is no required textbook for COMP6442, but a Java reference book is strongly recommended.

Assumed Knowledge

Programming in an object oriented language to level of designing and implementing programs with several classes, with simple inheritance.


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 $1980
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2190
2007 $2088
2006 $2088
2005 $2088
2004 $2088
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3875 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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