• 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 Computer Science, Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2014
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This course provides an overview of the historical and modern context and operation of free and open source software (FOSS) communities and associated software projects. The practical objective of the course is to teach students how they can begin to participate in a FOSS project in order to contribute to and improve aspects of the software that they feel are wrong. Students will learn some important FOSS tools and techniques for contributing to projects and how to set up their own FOSS projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

Ability to install and run open-source operating systems. Ability to gather information about Free and Open Source Software projects from software releases and from sites on the internet. Ability to build and modify one or more Free and Open Source Software packages. Ability to use a version control system and to interface with version control systems used by development communities. Ability to contribute software to and interact with Free and Open Source Software development projects.

Other Information

External, non-award enrolments by students with substantial industry experience will be encouraged with Departmental Consent

Indicative Assessment

A short presentation plus one theory assignment and one practical assignment ()

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Workload

Intensive mode of delivery will comprise 5 full days of: 18 hours of lectures, 18 hours of lecture/labs,  4  hours of tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

No prescibed text, but recommended reading is available here: http://cs.anu.edu.au/students/comp8440/lectures/course_introduction.pdf

Assumed Knowledge

Students will get more out of this course if they are already competent in at least one programming language. It will also help if they have some experience with Linux or Unix-like operating systems.

Fees

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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4351 01 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 30 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

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