Fall 2022 - CMPT 373 D100

Software Development Methods (3)

Class Number: 5504

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SRYE 3016, Surrey

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYE 3016, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SRYC 2600, 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.


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 actively participate in in-class components and meet with their teams to collaborate on the term project.


  • 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.

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).



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 (sourced from Amazon, not available at SFU Bookstore)
  • Code Complete, 2nd Edition, Steve McConnell, Microsoft Press, 2004, 9780735619678


The Pragmatic Programmer: your journey to mastery, 20th Anniversary Edition
Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 9780135956977


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