Fall 2020 - CMPT 373 D100

Software Development Methods (3)

Class Number: 6613

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 276 or 275.



Survey of modern software development methodology. Several software development process models will be examined, as will the general principles behind such models. Provides experience with different programming paradigms and their advantages and disadvantages during software development.


This course exposes students to modern software development practices. Several software best practices will be introduced. Students will gain experience with different programming methodologies and their advantages and disadvantages during software development. The includes lectures, discussions, exercises, and project homework to supplement significant development work. Students will work in groups of roughly eight individuals on term projects assigned by the instructor. Projects will be implemented using C++, developed for and using a Linux oriented platform. Students are marked individually depending on their adherence to good programming and development practices and contributions to the project. This course involves substantial independent and collaborative work. To succeed, students must be able to asynchronously watch video lectures and synchronously participate in class components at the scheduled time via video and voice chat. Students must also synchronously meet with their teams via voice and/or video chat. Participation from remote time zones is heavily discouraged.


  • Development best practices
  • Agile software development in practice
  • Managing complexity and designing maintainable software
  • Software-engineering tools and environments


  • Course work will consist of reading responses, code reviews, quizzes, a significant semester project, significant programming exercises, and a final exam. The marking scheme will be given in the first week of the course.



Reference Books

  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code, Michael Feathers, Prentice Hall, 2005, 9780131177055
  • More Effective Agile, Steve McConnell, Construx Press, 2019, 9781733518215
  • Effective Java, Joshua Bloch, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2017, 9780134685991
  • A Philosophy of Software Design, John Ousterhout , Yaknyam Press, 2018, 9781732102200


  • Code Complete, 2nd Edition, Steve McConnell, Microsoft Press, 2004, 

ISBN: 9780735619678

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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.

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