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COMP9412: Agile Software Development Practices

2024 unit information

This unit builds students skills to follow defined processes in software development, in particular, working in small teams in an agile approach. Content covers the underlying concepts and principles of software processes, their analysis, measurement and improvement. Students will practice with a variety of professional-strength tool support for the practices that ensure quality outcomes. The unit requires students to enter already skilled in individual programming; instead this unit focuses on the complexities in a team setting.

Unit details and rules

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Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
COMP9103 or COMP9003 (or equivalent UoS at a different institution)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand good coding practices, including documentation, contracts, regression tests and daily builds
  • LO2. understand legal and ethical aspects of software development
  • LO3. apply agile methods in software development
  • LO4. identify issues and challenges in planning and estimating project effort
  • LO5. examine the characteristics of software projects that make them a challenge to partition
  • LO6. examine roles and responsibilities in a software team, and management issues of teams
  • LO7. elicit requirements from a client and specify them
  • LO8. describe software development phases and life-cycle
  • LO9. compare software process standards and presses (e.g. waterfall, incremental, spiral, prototyping, empirical and agile methods)
  • LO10. use tools for collaborative processes (version control, issue tracking, collaborative editing of documents, project planning and progress tracking)
  • LO11. use quality assurance techniques including unit testing, functional testing and automated analysis tools.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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