Spring 2021 - CMPT 276 D100

Introduction to Software Engineering (3)

Class Number: 6210

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    One W course, CMPT 225, (MACM 101 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)) and (MATH 151 or MATH 150). 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. Students will learn the standard methodologies underlying software development, including requirements, analysis, documentation, design, implementation, testing, maintenance, debugging, refactoring, and version control.
The term-long group project will have deliverables throughout the term, focusing on inception/elaboration, implementation, testing, refactoring, and presentation of the project.
The focus of the course is on preparing students to be effective members of a software development team.
The programming language for the lectures, assignments, and the project will be Java.

Requirements for completing the online course:
1) access to a computer capable of running Java, or with sufficient bandwidth to connect to SFU's CSIL computers.
2) internet access for participating in lectures (live streamed or pre-recorded), office hours, and quizzes and/or exams.
3) microphone access for presentations and participant.
4) camera access for exams, if applicable.



  • Version control
  • Software development life cycle
  • Requirements: system analysis and modelling, requirements engineering
  • High-level Design: UML, architectural, etc
  • Design principles and design patterns
  • UI design
  • Concurrency & Multithreading
  • Build Automation + Documentation
  • Unit & integration testing
  • Debugging
  • Refactoring



Combination of online quizzes (during lecture), assignments, group project (different phases), exams (midterm and/or final), version-control activities, and participation in class activities. Details to be announced 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).



  • Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach, Roger Pressman and Bruce Maxim, McGraw-Hill Education, 9780078022128

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 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).