• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shayne Flint
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
    See Future Offerings
Modelling plays an important role in the development of large and/or complex software systems. Models are not only used to specify requirements and design for such systems, but also to develop and communicate understanding of a broad range of subject matters surrounding their development, operation and maintenance.
During this course, students will learn to use general purpose and domain specific modelling languages to describe complex subject matters. Through a series of practical workshops, students will develop an appreciation for the characteristics and capabilities of each language, and will discover that a good deal of effort and diligence is required to produce useful models. This experience will prepare students to make and implement decisions regarding the appropriate use of modelling throughout the software development life-cycle.
Students will also learn how to integrate several modelling languages to form specifications that are unambiguous, consistent and understandable. They will then be introduced to various approaches for verifying such specifications and translating them into executable software. This will include consideration of architectural, design and implementation issues, model translation and code generation.
The course will conclude with an introduction to current model-driven software development research including that underway at the ANU.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  • explain the role and importance of modelling in software development
  • make and defend decisions regarding the appropriate use of modelling throughout the software development life-cycle
  • demonstrate the practical application of several general purpose modeling languages
  • design and demonstrate the practical application of domain specific modeling languages
  • integrate a set of models to form effective software specifications
  • describe concepts involved in the verification and translation of specifications
  • demonstrate the translation of specifications to form executable software
  • explain and analyse emerging model-driven development techniques

Other Information

Information can be found at the following link regarding this course:

It will be updated to reflect 2016 soon.

Indicative Assessment

On-line quizes (10%); Mid-Semester On-Line Examination (20%); Team-based workshop exercises (40%); Learning Portfolio (30%). This course does not use Turnitin.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The course will run in two stages. The first stage will run on-line during weeks 3 through 7 and will require students to study the foundations of model-driven software development [25-50 hours].

The second stage will run for 7 days on 11 and 12 September, and from 15 to 19 September (during the mid-semester break). Students will be required to attend classes and practical workshops from 0900 to 1230 and from 1330 to 1630 on each of these days [approx.45 hours].

Each night during this period, students will be required to work on assessment tasks [10-20 hours].

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Computing.

Preliminary Reading

Mellor & Balcer (2002), Executable UML - A foundation for Model-Driven Architecture.



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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9915 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions