• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Uwe Zimmer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course is concerned with aspects of computation beyond sequential  programs. Concurrency occurs naturally in most real-world applications and is also strongly suggested by any modern computer architecture. Working professionally in computing today thus means to be able to handle those challenges and to employ the available hardware to the fullest. This course introduces all basic mechanisms to analyse, design, and manage single computer as well as distributed applications. Topics addressed include: Basics of concurrency and its modelling, Mutual exclusion, Condition synchronization, Safety and liveness, Message passing, Architectures including operating systems and Distributed systems including networks, transactions and replications.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  • Describe the concepts involved in the construction of concurrent and distributed systems
  • "Speak the language" of concurrent modelling, design and programming
  • Select appropriate modelling techniques and mechanisms and apply them to the solution of problems in concurrent and distributed systems.
  • Select the appropriate programming language and environment for the task at hand.
  • Write scalable, concurrent modules which show the intended and predictable behaviours.
  • Analyse and debug small to medium scale concurrent programs.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (40%); Mid-Semester Exam (10%); Practical Exercises (10%); Final Exam (50%)

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Two 1.5 hour lectures and one 2 hour tutorial/lab sessions per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP1130 or COMP1140 or COMP1110 or COMP1510.

Prescribed Texts

M. Ben-Ari, Principles of Concurrent and Distributed Programming, Addison-Wesley, second edition, 2006




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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 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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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
7336 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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