• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science

Software process improvement applies to any person or organisation undertaking software developments as their basic business. Software improvement strategies will be described and discussed in context with developmental size, organizational capability, return on investment and practicality. The SEI's Capability Maturity Model - Integrated (CMMI) will be described together with SPICE and ISO 9000. Assessments will be described as will their purpose, applicability, tailorability and effectiveness in making software process improvements. Software metrics will also be described and their applicability for  identifying and monitoring process improvements will be discussed.  Verification and Validation can also be considered as a formal set of processes and techniques that can be adopted/adapted across the systems/software development lifecycle in context with the determination of system and software criticality. This course will have some treatment of Verification and Validation and other relevant software processes.

Learning Outcomes

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

To be able to manage and participate in rigorous process creation and assessment for software development including verification and validation.

Introduction to System/Software Processes

Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI)

  • Principles of CMMI
  • CMMI Process Areas
  • CMMI Generic Goals
  • CMMI Specific Practices
  • CMMI Generic Practices

CMMI Appraisals Measurement as part of Software Process

  • Goal-Question-Metric
  • Practical System Software Measurement

Verification and Validation Process

Indicative Assessment

Assignments 50%; Exam 50%
Students must pass both assessment components to pass the course.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Computing 7705 or Master of Computing 7706.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2004 $2916
2005 $2916
2006 $2916
2007 $2916
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
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2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
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2004 $3450
2005 $3450
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2008 $3618
2009 $3618
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2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1767 07 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 In Person N/A

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