Computing Science Course Outlines

Course Outline - CMPT 373 - Software Development Methods



Catalog Number









2016 Fall (1167)

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, exercises, and project homework to supplement the laboratory 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. 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.


  • Best practices: design patterns, refactoring, language-specific issues, programming by contract
  • Agile software development: extreme programming, Scrum, test-driven development
  • Managing complexity and designing maintainable software
  • Software-engineering tools and environments
  • Software development process models: component-based development, iterative processes


To be discussed the first week of classes. This course involves substantial programming contributions to a group project.

Required Books

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

Reference Books

  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code, Michael Feathers, Prentice Hall, 2005, 9780131177055

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 ( ).

Data Last Updated: