Summer 2023 - CMPT 276 D100

Introduction to Software Engineering (3)

Class Number: 3973

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Mon, 2:30–3:20 p.m.

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2023
    Sat, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    One W course, CMPT 225, (MACM 101 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)) and (MATH 151 or MATH 150), all with a minimum grade of C-. 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 either the Android operating system as a target device
or a C++ parallel processing framework called Parabix.
Students will learn the standard methodologies underlying software development, plus gain experience using a number of software development tools and a revision control system (Git).  Self-study assignments will cover learning basic Java and, introductory Android, and/or learning Parabix. The term team project focuses on an agile team experience developing an Android or Parabix application. The focus of the course is on preparing students to be effective members of a software development team.


  • Software Process: software life cycle, agile vs plan-driven development.
  • Requirements: system analysis and modeling, requirements specification
  • Design and Implementation: coding style, code review, pair programming
  • Quality assurance: unit & integration testing, test data adequacy
  • Collaborative development tools and revision control (Git/GitLab).
  • Professionalism and ethics of software development



To be announced in the 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

The 4th edition is not applicable (different programming language); must be 3rd edition or earlier
ISBN: 9780134706054


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