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CSC2408 Software Development Tools

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Software Development Tools
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020305 - Systems Analysis and Design
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Zhongwei Zhang

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;
  2. be familiar with the Unix/Linux operating systems and facilities.
  3. write basic Bash scripts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Standard Unix tools 35.00
2. Basics of Shell Scripting 30.00
3. Configuration Management 25.00
4. Document Preparation 10.00

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 2018, A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 4th edn, Editors, and Shell Programming, Prentice Hall.
Selected Readings, 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, (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.

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.
WIlliam E. Shotts, Jr 2012, The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction, No Starch Press Inc.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 26.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 117.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 60 15 15 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 60 15 10 Oct 2019
Assignment 3 40 10 24 Oct 2019
Exam 100 60 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. The Examiner advises that the deadline for Assignment 1, 2 and 3 is 11:59:59pm AEST on the date specified.
  2. This will be a restricted exam. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as on-campus lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the 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