• 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 Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eric McCreath
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP2100
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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This course is about the implementation (construction) phase and test phase of the software construction process.It develops students' skills in programming at the pragmatic level and at an increased level of abstraction. Students will create individual practical assignments on the small scale, and read, critique, and modify medium scale software systems, in part through two major assignments over the whole semester. The system is closely specified and designed around a strong architectural structure, exemplifying abstraction and design patterns, and a graphical user interface. During the course students learn to improve their own software development practices by following the Personal Software Process to learn time management, planning, and quality control.

The following topics are covered: working with larger software systems; code review and inspections; test planning and unit testing (derived from specification and design documents); object-oriented (Java), and scripting (Bash) languages; recursive data structures; graphical user interfaces; the Personal Software Process; build tools (Make and Ant) and version control (Subversion); use of external code libraries; introductory software design patterns.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course students are expected to be able to:

  1. Construct and modify small to medium scale computer programs
    • apply all aspects of software construction for a representative variety of small to medium scale object-oriented programs up to around 300 lines of code containing up to 7 classes;
    • make modifications (including source code design, implementation, and testing) within a moderate-sized Java program system (1000 - 10000 lines of code), given a documented specification, design and implementation of the system
    • have elementary or better competence with standard software development tools and methods: text editor, compiler, integrated software development environment, command line scripting, automated build tools, version control, unit test design, code review
    • use and analyse a personal software process in constructing small computer programs
  2. Compare several forms of abstraction in object-oriented software design and construction: inheritance, generic types, polymorphism, procedural abstraction, abstract recursive data structures (including abstract syntax trees); and to apply them appropriately in constructing programs.
  3.  Use common programming knowledge resources to find, understand, and apply online manuals and tutorials for software tools, programming language components, and software libraries
  4. Describe the underlying principles of three major aspects of software construction and to apply the appropriate tools:
    • version control (using the Subversion tool)
    • unit testing (using the JUnit tool)
    • automatic build process (using the Make or Ant tool)

Indicative Assessment

Assignments/Labs/Tutorials (40%); Exam (60%)



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Workload

Thirty one hour lectures and nine 2 hour laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP6700 or COMP6710. Incompatible with COMP2100.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed textbooks.


Assumed Knowledge

Programming in an object oriented language to level of designing and implementing programs with several classes, with simple inheritance.

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. 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:
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3013 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9915 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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