• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Software Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhenchang Xing
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course introduces students to advanced topics on managing the quality of products to be delivered as part of the progression within a software development project, and managing the development process itself through software process improvement frameworks and standards.

Several causal aspects of (bad) software quality will be introduced and discussed so that students can understand the context for undertaking risk and bad quality avoidance.

There will be a focus on practical techniques for identifying and removing defects as well as for implementing procedures to track the success or failure of resk and kefect resolutions.

There are several Software Process Imporvement (SPI) frameworks and standards available, each one possessing its own merits and difficulties.  Most are regarded as being more appropriate to large software development organisations where the assumed expenses of incorporated SPI initiatives typically provide significant return on investment.  This course will introduce the various well known frameworks and standards in the context of importance to organisations but then also discuss tailored versions of some SPI frameworks that are more suitable to small organisations or teams of software developers.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this course, students will be able to explain and practice:

  1. techniques for verification and validation of various artefacts that are typically produced during the development of small to large software systems.
  2. software process and measurement techniques which have been found to enhance the capability and maturity of software development organisations.

Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (50%); Final Exam (50%)

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Up to twelve two-hour lectures, twelve one-hour lectures, twelve two-hour workshop sessions, plus 5 hours independent study per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Software Engineering and have successfully completed COMP3120 and COMP1600; and COMP3100 or COMP3500..



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

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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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2609 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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