CS3SQ16-Software Quality and Testing

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: SE1SE11 Software Engineering
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Pat Parslow

Email: p.parslow@reading.ac.uk

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 and 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 module it is expected that the student can:

  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).

Additional outcomes:

• Acquaintance with the testing terminology used in the ISEB definitions;

• Insight on testing in industrial practice;

• Experience of testing in an IDE.

Outline content:

1. Introduction to testing and Quality systems in IT;

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 backed up with practical exercises.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 4
Supervised time in studio/workshop 6
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Report 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

2 reports, also summative.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    One examination paper of 2 hours duration in August/September - the resit module mark will be the higher of the exam mark (100% exam) and the exam mark plus previous coursework marks (70% exam, 30% coursework).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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