Fall 2020 - CMPT 479 E100

Special Topics in Computing Systems (3)

Web Engineering

Class Number: 6654

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 300.



Current topics in computing systems depending on faculty and student interest.


This course examines current research topics in software engineering for the web, with a focus on analysis of web applications. Web applications have become one of the fastest growing types of software systems today. Despite their popularity, analyzing the behaviour of modern web applications is still a challenging endeavour for developers due to their asynchronous, dynamic, and event-driven nature. This seminar-based course will focus on current methods and techniques for analysis of web applications, with a focus on comprehension, debugging, and testing methods. The main topics of web engineering will be introduced in the class, and will be followed by students reading and reviewing papers, presenting, and conducting open discussions. The students will also pursue a term-long project in the area of web engineering. There is no required textbook. A list of readings and recommended references along with the grading schemes will be provided at the beginning of the term.

Registrar Notes:


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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).