CS2SQ17-Software Quality and Testing

Module Provider: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Pat Parslow

Email: p.parslow@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to software quality and testing principles and methods. It encourages a systems view, putting quality systems and testing in context. Particular attention is given to software trustworthiness, static and dynamic testing, quality management and application to contemporary software development.


This will provide a foundation for aspiring software developers, software architects and managers as well as being suitable for those who will move into professional testing, requirements engineering or quality management. The module includes material compatible with the BCS, ISEB foundation certificate in testing and quality management.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain why testing is necessary;

  2. Create a quality plan for the lifecycle of development;

  3. Define test cases for black and white box problems;

  4. Manage and execute static tests; with particular attention to requirements and design documents;

  5. Present a systems view of preparing and executing, managing and reporting tests;

  6. Explain the challenge of testing in agile environments;

  7. Relate the test activity to the Capability Maturity Model (CMM);

  8. Use analysis patterns to guide domain and requirements analysis

Additional outcomes:

Confidence to perform soft-system as well as hard-system analyses;

• Requirements elicitation, analysis, specification and process planning;

• Awareness of requirements analysis and management tools;

• Familiarity with international publications concerning current practice.

Acquaintance with the testing terminology used in the ISEB definitions; Insight on testing in industrial practice.

Outline content:

  1. Introduction to requirements, testing and quality systems;

  2. The fundamental test process;

  3. Testing throughout the lifecycle, acceptance and regression testing;

  4. Testing techniques;

  5. Test management;

  6. Designing practical testing systems;

  7. Testing in Agile projects;

  8. Introduction to the Capability Maturity Model.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The material will be provided in the lectures and reinforced by  open ended assessments for learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

2 hour examination in summer

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Quality plan

Requirements and testing report

Formative assessment methods:

All the assessments are both formative and summative.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Examination only

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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