Compiler Design

10 Units

The purpose of this course is to study how high-level languages can be implemented on a computer.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Specify and analyse the lexical, syntactic and semantic structures of advanced language features
  2. Separate the lexical, syntactic and semantic analysis into meaningful phases for a compiler to undertake language translation
  3. Write a scanner, parser, and semantic analyser without the aid of automatic generators
  4. Turn fully processed source code for a novel language into machine code for a novel computer
  5. Describe techniques for intermediate code and machine code optimisation
  6. Design the structures and support required for compiling advanced language features.
  1. Introduction to the theory of grammars
  2. High level languages and their compilers
  3. Lexical analysis
  4. Syntactic analysis
  5. Semantic analysis
  6. Object code generation
  7. Optimisation
  8. Compiling Advanced Language Features
Assumed Knowledge SENG6120
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignment
  • Formal Examination: Formal exam *
  • Project: Projects
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.)
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for COMP6290
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