Computing Science Course Outlines

Course Outline - CMPT 373 - Software Development Methods



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2015 Fall (1157)

Software Development Methods

Nick Sumner   

Surrey Campus

Calendar Objective/Description

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.

Instructor's Objectives

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 course is principally a laboratory course, with lectures, discussions, and project homework to supplement the laboratory work. Students will work in groups of roughly eight individuals on common projects, with groups assigned by the instructor. Projects will be implemented using C++, developed for and using a Linux oriented platform. The weekly laboratory times are for mandatory project group meetings, including meetings and code reviews with the instructor. The primary goal of the laboratory work is to correctly follow and understand the development practices for the project; students are marked individually depending on their adherence to the model and contribution to the project. Students should expect to participate in class discussions and to give an informal presentation regarding their project or assigned specialty.


CMPT 276 or 275.


  • Software development process models: component-based development, iterative processes
  • Agile software development: extreme programming, Scrum, test-driven development
  • Programming paradigms for special purpose software: scripting, relational, prototyping
  • Best practices: design patterns, refactoring, language-specific issues, programming by contract
  • Formal development methods
  • Software-engineering tools and environments
  • Open-source software development and licensing of open-source software


To be discussed the first week of classes

Required Books

  • Clean Code, Robert C Martin, Prentice Hall, 2009, 9780132350884

Reference Books

  • Code Complete, 2nd Edition, Steve McConnell, Microsoft Press, 2004, 9780735619678

Academic Honesty Statement

Academic honesty plays a key role in our efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. Students are advised that ALL acts of intellectual dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies ( ).

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