- Code COMP8440
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Computer Science
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Computer Science
- Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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.
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.
A short presentation plus one theory assignment and one practical assignment ()
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WorkloadIntensive 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
No prescibed text, but recommended reading is available here: http://cs.anu.edu.au/students/comp8440/lectures/course_introduction.pdf
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.
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