• 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 Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Henry Gardner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course addresses the requirements, architecture and design phases of the software development life-cycle. It has a primary focus on modeling and its central role in eliciting, understanding, analysing and communicating software requirements, architecture and design. Students will learn to use several different modeling approaches to describe complex subject matters typically involved in developing, analysing and specifying requirements, architecture and design. While most of the approaches will seem straight forward and even conceptually simple, students will discover that a good deal of effort and diligence is required to produce useful, accurate, meaningful, understandable and easily maintainable models. Through a series of practical workshops, students will develop an appreciation for the characteristics and capabilities of each approach, and will learn to make decisions as to the best approach to use for a given purpose. Students will then learn how to integrate several modeling approaches to form software requirements, architecture and design specifications that are unambiguous, consistent and understandable. At the end of the course, students will be introduced to various approaches for automating the translation of specifications (models) into operational software systems. This will include topics such as model translation, code generation and an overview of active research in the area of model-driven engineering.

Learning Outcomes

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

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


  1. Explain the role and importance of modelling in software analysis and design
  2. Demonstrate the practical application of several modeling languages
  3. Make and defend decisions regarding the use of appropriate modelling languages for a given purpose
  4. Integrate a set of models to form effective requirements and design specifications
  5. Describe concepts involved in model translation
  6. Demonstrate the translation of a simple specification to form an executable program
  7. Explain and analyse emerging model-driven development techniques

Indicative Assessment

Workshops (30%), Mid-Semester Exam (30%); Final Exam (40%)

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Twelve two-hour lectures, twelve one-hour lectures, and six two-hour workshop sessions. Mid-semester exam. Naturally a considerable amount of self study is expected; with an approximate 130 hours of work for the course

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Computing or have completed COMP6700 or COMP6442. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed COMP2130.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks for this course, but the following book covers many of the concepts addressed in the course.Mellor, Stephen J. & Balcer, Marc J. Executable UML - A foundation for Model-Driven Architecture, (2002).Additional references will posted as appropriate on the course web page.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8085 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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