• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Modelling plays an important role in the development of large and/or complex software systems. Models are not only used to specify requirements and design for such systems, but also to develop and communicate understanding of a broad range of subject matters surrounding their development, operation and maintenance.
During this course, students will learn to use general purpose and domain specific modelling languages to describe complex subject matters. Through a series of practical workshops, students will develop an appreciation for the characteristics and capabilities of each language, and will discover that a good deal of effort and diligence is required to produce useful models. This experience will prepare students to make and implement decisions regarding the appropriate use of modelling throughout the software development life-cycle.
Students will also learn how to integrate several modelling languages to form specifications that are unambiguous, consistent and understandable. They will then be introduced to various approaches for verifying such specifications and translating them into executable software. This will include consideration of architectural, design and implementation issues, model translation and code generation.
The course will conclude with an introduction to current model-driven software development research including that underway at the ANU.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  • explain the role and importance of modelling in software development
  • make and defend decisions regarding the appropriate use of modelling throughout the software development life-cycle
  • demonstrate the practical application of several general purpose modeling languages
  • design and demonstrate the practical application of domain specific modeling languages
  • integrate a set of models to form effective software specifications
  • describe concepts involved in the verification and translation of specifications
  • demonstrate the translation of specifications to form executable software
  • explain and analyse emerging model-driven development techniques

Other Information

Information can be found at the following link regarding this course:

It will be updated to reflect 2016 soon.

Indicative Assessment

On-line quizes (10%); Mid-Semester On-Line Examination (20%); Team-based workshop exercises (40%); Learning Portfolio (30%). This course does not use Turnitin.

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Week 1 - one 2-hour lecture, 6 hours independent study Weeks 2 through 6 - online study and quizes, 6 hours per week Mid-Semester break - 7 days intensive workshop. Six hours per day plus 1 hour independent study per day. Weeks 7 through 9 - 10 hours of independent study and group work per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Preliminary Reading

Mellor & Balcer (2002), Executable UML - A foundation for Model-Driven Architecture.



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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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