Module Details

Module Code: SWRE C7004
Full Title Software Testing
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Author Gerry Coleman
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: Students completing this module will be able to apply effective testing techniques within a range of software development methodologies. Students will learn key business skills such as working on their own initiative and, as testers, the ability to communicate testing information to a wide audience, including team members, managers, end-users and sponsors/customers.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Explain the importance of software testing within software development projects.
MLO2 Compare and contrast debugging activities with effective software testing
MLO3 Create and apply unit testing using an automated test framework
MLO4 Apply coverage tools to determine the effectiveness of test cases
MLO5 Create functional tests using specification-based techniques
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
 
Indicative Content
Overview of Software Testing
What is testing? Testing types and levels
Testing within software lifecycles
Waterfall model and phases; Agile development and testing approaches
Testing Vs Debugging
Differences between testing and debugging; Uncovering defects Vs removing defects; Cost of testing and cost of debugging; preventive testing
Unit testing
Testing individual units; automated unit test frameworks; Test-first development
Code coverage
Using coverage tools to measure the effectiveness of unit tests; Statement and decision coverage
Functional testing
Applying specification-based (black-box) techniques to applications; Use of equivalence partitions and boundary value analysis to maximise effectiveness and reduce test volume
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Short Answer Questions % of Total Mark 10
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 5 Learning Outcome 1,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
In-class exercise and quiz to solidify early learning
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 8 Learning Outcome 3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students will be required to create a series of unit tests, and determine coverage levels, for a provided application
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcome 1,2,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will take a multiple choice assessment to determine their knowledge of testing and testing techniques
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 120
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination (Closed book)

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Short Answer Questions % of Total Mark 10
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 5 Learning Outcome 1,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
In-class exercise and quiz to solidify early learning
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 8 Learning Outcome 3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students will be required to create a series of unit tests, and determine coverage levels, for a provided application
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcome 1,2,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will take a multiple choice assessment to determine their knowledge of testing and testing techniques
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 120
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination (Closed book)
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Deliver theory, principles and paradigms. Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact There will be three timetabled laboratory classes per week. In these lecture/practical classes, the delivery of new material will be integrated with the practical implementation of that material. Every Week 3.00 3
Directed Reading Non Contact Reading of lecturer-recommended information sources. Every Week 1.00 1
Independent Study Non Contact Independent practical work Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Deliver theory, principles and paradigms Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact There will be three timetabled laboratory classes per week. In these lecture/practical classes, the delivery of new material will be integrated with the practical implementation of that material. Every Week 3.00 3
Directed Reading Non Contact Reading of lecturer-recommended information sources Every Week 1.00 1
Independent Study Non Contact Independent practical work Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Brian Hambling, Angelina Samaroo and Geoff Thompson. (2015), Software Testing: An ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Guide, 3rd. BCS, [ISBN: 1780172990].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Rex Black, Gerry Coleman, Marie Walsh et al.. (2017), Agile Testing Foundations: An ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester guide, 1st. BCS, [ISBN: 1780173369].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • [Website], www.softwaretestpro.com.
  • [Website], www.stickyminds.com.
 
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