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CSC2408 Software Development Tools

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Zhongwei Zhang
Moderator: Leigh Brookshaw

Other requisites

Recommended pre-requisites: CSC1401


Students often need to use a selection of software tools when undertaking programming assignments, especially in second and third year courses. This course introduces students to a basic set of tools used in developing software, thus reducing duplication of presentation in other courses, and ensuring that all students are familiar with available tools before undertaking advanced level courses.


In this course, students will be introduced to a range of software development tools. Particular attention will be given to configuration management tools (used to build programs from component parts, and to manage the development of the components), common scripting languages and debuggers. The emphasis will be upon tools available under the Unix family of operating systems, though most of the tools are available under other operating environments. A range of the more commonly used general Unix tools will also be covered.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to use a range of software development tools (All assessment items);
  2. be familiar with the Unix/Linux operating systems and facilities (All assessment items).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Installing Linux 5.00
2. Standard Unix tools 35.00
3. Shell Scripting 12.00
4. Configuration Management 35.00
5. Document Preparation 13.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Sobell, Mark G 2009, A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, Prentice Hall.
  • Introductory Book 2010, Course CSC2408 Software Development Tools, USQ Distance and e-Learning Centre, Toowoomba.
  • Selected Readings 2010, Course CSC2408 Software Development Tools, USQ Distance and e-Learning Centre, Toowoomba.
  • Students require access to a Unix/Linux Operating System. The Department of Mathematics and Computing DVD, 2012 (available from the USQ Bookshop) contains a Debian GNU/Linux operating system ready for installation. For information on how to install Debian GNU/Linux consult the installation guide on the DVD and the course web site.
  • Study Book 2010, Course CSC2408 Software Development Tools, USQ Distance and e-Learning Centre, Toowoomba.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Abrahams, Paul & Larson, Bruce 1996, Unix for the impatient, 2nd edn, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 169.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 60 15 22 Aug 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 15 10 Oct 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 10 24 Oct 2012
2 HR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 100 60 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. The Examiner advises that for Assignments 1, 2, and 3, the deadline is 9.00 a.m. AEST on that particular date.
  2. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at