• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Henry Gardner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Real-world software development is a complex and dynamic activity involving people, technology and processes interacting within a complex environment of clients, users and other stakeholders while being observant of technological, physical, social, legal, and ethical constraints.

This course will empower students with the ability and confidence necessary to exercise critical thinking and professional judgment to select and apply appropriate knowledge, practices and tools to the development of non-trivial software systems. This will be achieved by introducing students to important design methodologies. We will build on previous programming courses to deepen and broaden students' knowledge and understanding of the practices and tools used to build large software systems within complex environments. We will use real-world examples such as distributed, high-integrity, web-based systems where rigorous software engineering can demonstrably enhance business value.

Students will learn how practices and tools can be adapted to suit specific project needs and contexts. Knowledge, practices and tools considered in this course will include process models, requirements engineering, design, modelling and user experience.

Software engineering design methodologies evolve over time. In this course, students will study the details of one or more design methodologies and critically assess their applicability to modern software systems.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the following key software engineering activities within the context of a realistic software engineering process

  • a. Requirements  
  • b. Design  
  • c. Construction  
  • d. Architectures  
  • e. Testing, verification and validation  
  • f. Evolution  
  • g. User experience   
2. Demonstrate an ability to use professional judgement to select and apply appropriate knowledge, practices and tools to analyse, design and solve problems relating to the software engineering activities listed above. 

3. Demonstrate how practices and tools can be adapted to suit specific project needs and contexts.

4. Critically assess and apply fundamental knowledge in order to assess the applicability of one or more software design methodologies to modern software systems.

Indicative Assessment

  • Group and individual assignments (30%); 
  • Mid-semester exam (20%); 
  • Final exam (50%)

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Up to 36 one-hour lectures, including video lectures, and up to 8 two-hour tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed or be currently studying COMP6442. Incompatible with COMP2120, COMP2130 and COMP6311.

Prescribed Texts

1) "Software Engineering", Tenth Edition (Global Edition) by Ian Sommerville (Pearson)

2) "Clean Architecture - a Craftsman's Guide to Software Structure and Design", by Robert C. Martin (Prentice Hall)

Preliminary Reading

1) Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition), Craig Larman (Prentice Hall)

 2) Patterns, Principles and Practices of Domain-Driven Design by Scott Millet and Nick Tune (Wrox)


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
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
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
9161 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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