• 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 Computer Science, Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course runs intensively from 9-13 April 2018 (9-5pm).

This course provides an overview of the historical and modern context and operation of free and open source software (FOSS) communities and associated software projects. The practical objective of the course is to teach students how they can begin to participate in a FOSS project in order to contribute to and improve aspects of the software that they feel are wrong. Students will learn some important FOSS tools and techniques for contributing to projects and how to set up their own FOSS projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

Ability to install and run open-source operating systems. Ability to gather information about Free and Open Source Software projects from software releases and from sites on the internet. Ability to build and modify one or more Free and Open Source Software packages. Ability to use a version control system and to interface with version control systems used by development communities. Ability to contribute software to and interact with Free and Open Source Software development projects.

Other Information

This course runs intensively from 9-13 April 2018 (9-5pm).

External, non-award enrolments by students with substantial industry experience will be encouraged with Departmental Consent.

Indicative Assessment

A short presentation plus one theory assignment and one practical assignment ()

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Intensive mode of delivery will comprise 5 full days of: 18 hours of lectures, 18 hours of lecture/labs,  4  hours of tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Computing.

Prescribed Texts

No prescibed text, but recommended reading is available here: http://cs.anu.edu.au/students/comp8440/lectures/course_introduction.pdf

Assumed Knowledge

Students will get more out of this course if they are already competent in at least one programming language. It will also help if they have some experience with Linux or Unix-like operating systems.



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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