Fall 2020 - CMPT 276 D100

Introduction to Software Engineering (3)

Class Number: 6253

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    One W course, CMPT 225, (MACM 101 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)) and (MATH 151 or MATH 150). MATH 154 or MATH 157 with at least a B+ may be substituted for MATH 151 or MATH 150.



An overview of various techniques used for software development and software project management. Major tasks and phases in modern software development, including requirements, analysis, documentation, design, implementation, testing,and maintenance. Project management issues are also introduced. Students complete a team project using an iterative development process. Students with credit for CMPT 275 may not take this course for further credit.


The theory and practice of software development are introduced using the Android operating system as a target device. Students will learn the standard methodologies underlying software development, plus gain experience using a number of software development tools and a revision control system. Assignments will cover learning basic Java, introductory Android, and effective use of development tools to produce small applications using established development techniques. The half term team project focuses on an Agile team experience developing an Android application. The focus of the course is on preparing students to be effective members of a software development team. Requirements for completing the online course: - access to a computer capable of running Android Studio, or with sufficient bandwidth to connect to SFU's CSIL computers to run Android Studio graphically. - internet access for participating in lectures (live streamed or pre-recorded), office hours, and quizzes and/or exams.


  • Software Process: software life cycle, Agile vs plan-driven development.
  • Requirements: system analysis and modeling, requirements specification
  • High-level Design: UML, architectural, design patterns
  • Implementation: coding style, code review, pair programming
  • Quality assurance: unit & integration testing
  • Development tools such as IDE, debugger, and revision control (Git/GitLab).
  • Android application development and debugging
  • Diversity and ethics of software development



Some combination of online bi-weekly quizzes (during lecture), assignments, team project, and exams (midterm and/or final). Details to be announced first week of class.

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



  • Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition),
  • Bill Phillips, Chris Stewart, and Kristin Marsicano,
  • Big Nerd Ranch,
  • 2017
  • NOTE**The 4th edition is not applicable (different programming language); must be 3rd edition or earlier.

ISBN: 9780134706054

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).