• 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 a Master of Computing.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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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
6747 28 Aug 2017 11 Sep 2017 15 Sep 2017 18 Nov 2017 In Person N/A

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