Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview

Description

This unit introduces students to the philosophy, design, tools and practices that enable and facilitate the success of open source software, which runs much of the world's computer infrastructure. Important topics covered include the use of the shell as a programming language, the use of the file system and pipes to support interprocess communication, fundamental software components, tools supporting the software development and maintenance process, and the importance of consistent interfaces to support software integration.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) describe the role of software tools and their integration through scripting languages; (2) recognise the importance of consistency in software tool interfaces; and (3) identify and deploy fundamental software components that facilitate software integration and re-use.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) programme assignment 1; (2) programme assignment 2; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Wise
Unit rules
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
in the the 62510 Master of Information Technology
or the 62530 Master of Data Science
or the 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or the 42630 Master of Business Analytics
Texts

To be advised by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

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