Fall 2021 - CMPT 373 D100

Software Development Methods (3)

Class Number: 4607

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SRYE 2016, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 276 or 275, with a minimum grade of C-.



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.


In this group project course you will learn how to be an effective team member in an agile software development process. You will work in a group of 8 students to complete a large semester-long project. You will be assigned to a group by the instructor; however, you will be marked based on your individual contribution to the project, and how effectively you follow the required development process. Your group's project will be assigned by the instructor and may have a real "customer" who wants to put your project into active real-world use! Your group project will be structured into iterations and developed using an agile methodology. The project may require you to program in a specific language (usually chosen by your team), or use specific tools or frameworks. You will make extensive use of Git and GitLab for contributing code and reviewing the work of your teammates. The course will include exercises to help you learn the basics of some required technologies, and you will work with your team to extend your skills and become proficient. During lecture, you will learn software development best practices and then apply these in your group work. Your group's code may be code reviewed in lecture by the instructor and fellow students to find ways to improve its design, clarity, and overall quality. Your active participation in activities will help you become comfortable discussing many aspects of being a professional software developer.



  • Best practices: design patterns, refactoring, language-specific issues
  • Agile software development: such as scrum, extreme programming, or test-driven development
  • Managing complexity and designing maintainable software
  • Software-engineering tools and environments
  • Software development process models: component-based development, iterative processes
  • Requirements gathering and teamwork



Project: 50% Reading Responses: 20% Exercises and "in-class" activities/quizzes: 30% To be confirmed in the first week of classes.



Reference Books

  • Code Complete, 2nd Edition, Steve McConnell, Microsoft Press, 2004, 9780735619678
  • The Pragmatic Programmer: your journey to mastery, 20th Anniversary Edition, David Thomas, Andrew Hunt, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2019, 9780135957059


  • Clean Code, Robert C Martin, Prentice Hall, 2009,, Required readings assigned from this book.

ISBN: 9780132350884

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