Course Title: Software Testing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Software Testing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ISYS1085

City Campus

Postgraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

ISYS1087

City Campus

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

ISYS1087

City Campus

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2009

ISYS2092

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2007,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet2 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet3 2014,
Viet2 2015,
Viet1 2016

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Isaac Babin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2348

Course Coordinator Email: isaac.balbin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: City campus, Building 12, Level 9, Room 38

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite: 

COSC1284 Programming Techniques

OR

COSC2391/2401 Software Architecture: Design and Implementation

OR

COSC1295 Advanced Programming (formerly Java for Programmers)

OR

former Programming 2 or equivalent course.

Assumed Knowledge: ISYS1117/1118 Software Engineering Fundamentals.    

 

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites – 7.29.1.6: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c     

 


Course Description

Software Testing is an essential component of any organisation’s ability to build software quality. Software Testers are, in general, not programmers. This course presents the Foundational software testing goals as laid out by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)and approaches to testing software through all phases of the Software Testing Lifecycle. The course material includes – software testing standards and metrics, types of testing (black-box and white-box), test planning, analysis, test case generation, estimating test resources, test scheduling, test execution, assessing and managing risk, test prioritisation, automation strategy, defect management, test execution. Software quality assurance activities will be discussed as part of a dynamic process that is flexible and constantly tuned to the changing needs of a project.

Practical testing tools are will be used in labs. Tutorials will cover specific problems in more depth than possible during a lecture.    

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course is an option course so it is not required to contribute to Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), though it should assist with your learning of several PLOs.    


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of software testing
  • CLO 2: Use fundamental techniques to implement techniques to extrapolate fundamental techniques in the framework of real world scenarios
  • CLO 3: Demonstrate competence in using software designed to assist in the software testing life cycle for given portions of the testing cycle
  • CLO 4: Present a collaborative approach in groups to map out how the group (a pseudo company) hopes to attract the contract to perform the oversight of Software Testing for a project or company.
  • CLO 5: Communicate clearly and effectively using the technical language of the field correctly.    

 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Lectures: Key concepts will be explained in lectures in which course material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with examples;
  • Tutorial sessions focus on analysing and problem solving of given testing scenario phases;
  • Laboratory sessions provide practice in the finding and exploring the ever developing suite of testing software used to assist the software testing; and
  • Presentation skills in a collaborative demonstrating a plan for approaching a software testing contract will be held and feedback obtained from current Industry Software Testers and Software Quality Managers.    

 

A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Each week there will be 2 hours of lecture and tutorial plus 2 hours of computer laboratory work. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material. The tutorial / laboratory sessions will introduce you to the mind-set and tools necessary to undertake practical testing and assignment work.

Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class.    


Overview of Learning Resources

The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See also the RMIT Library Guide at http://rmit.libguides.com/compsci 
 


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises class quizzes, computer laboratory practice, tutorial assignments, and a presentation plan.

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks

 

 

Assessment Task 1:  Quizzes

 

 

Six quizzes administered during lectures, based on the lecture material, aim to provide you with feedback and assist you to manage your progress and learning.

Weighting 24%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 5

 

Assessment Task 2: Tutorial Exercises

 

Weighting 24%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

 

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Exercises

 

Weighting 24%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 3

 

Assessment Task 4: Industry Group Presentation

 

Weighting 28%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 and 5