Module Details

Module Code: SWRE C8015
Full Title Software Testing
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner: Gerry Coleman
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: Students completing this module will be able to apply and critically evaluate best-practice software testing and associated measurement techniques in the context of both document-driven and agile development processes. Students will learn key business skills such as working both on their own initiative and within groups 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 Critique and evaluate the role of quality assurance, with particular emphasis on software testing, in the Software Lifecycle.
MLO2 Explain the difference between software testing and debugging
MLO3 Develop and implement a test plan for a variety of situations.
MLO4 Apply a variety of testing techniques including dynamic and static testing methods.
MLO5 Create and deploy context-appropriate test management approaches.
MLO6 Assess a range of testing tools to support the testing process.
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
 
Module Indicative Content
Testing Fundamentals
What is testing?; Why is testing necessary?; Fundamental test process
Testing throughout the software life cycle
Software development models; Test levels; Test types
Static techniques
Static techniques and the test process; Reviews and inspections
Test design techniques
Specification-based/black-box techniques; Structure-based/white-box techniques; Experienced-based techniques
Test Management
Test organisation; Test planning and estimation; Test monitoring and control; Risk-based testing
Tool support for testing
Types of test tools; Effective use of tools; Introducing a test tool into an organisation
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
Final Examination60.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Multiple Choice Questions % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 8 Learning Outcome 1,2,4
Duration in minutes 60
Assessment Description
A class test using MCQs in equivalent format and standard to the ISTQB examination.
Project
Assessment Type Group Project % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 3,5,6
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will undertake a collaborative team-based project that involves creating a test plan, writing tests, executing tests and reporting. An appropriate testing tool will be used.
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,4,6
Duration in minutes 120
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination (Closed book)

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Multiple Choice Questions % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 8 Learning Outcome 1,2,4
Duration in minutes 60
Assessment Description
A class test using MCQs in equivalent format and standard to the ISTQB examination.
Project
Assessment Type Group Project % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcome 3,5,6
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will undertake a collaborative team-based project that involves creating a test plan, writing tests, executing tests and reporting. An appropriate testing tool will be used.
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,4,6
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

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact   Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact   Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact   Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
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 No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 
Module 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, 1. BCS, [ISBN: 1780173369].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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