Course Title: Perform unit test for a class

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: BUSM7781C

Course Title: Perform unit test for a class

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251409

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Name: Richard Bull
Ph: +61 3 99255831

Name: Catherine Han Lin
Phone: +61 3 9926 1336

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to ensure that the systems and routines that are developed is proved adequate, before handover to the user by unit testing the functionality and reliability of the system developed.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAT4242A Perform unit test for a class


Prepare for test

Performance Criteria:

1. Determine test criteria
2. Prepare the test environment
3. Perform static tests using appropriate test tools to verify correct behaviour of modules
4. Use a test harness program to exercise module behaviour
5. Test objects containing lower level class instances separately
6. Prepare data to facilitate path testing
7. Prepare data to facilitate member function testing


Analyse and classify results

Performance Criteria:

1. Ensure clean test environment
2. Initialise test environment
3. Run test harness and document results in line with test and acceptance processes
4. Forward test results to appropriate person
5. Finalise test environment


Conduct test

Performance Criteria:

1. Review and classify test results to highlight areas of concern
2. Compare test results against requirements and design specifications in line with quality benchmarks
3. Review feedback
4. Ensure compliance with documentation and reporting standards

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

Teaching Schedule

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities including face to face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning.

The total scheduled hours also covers the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Week NumberWeek Beginning (Monday) Weekly Topics Resources & Assessments
18th Feb 2010 Introduction to the Course – Alice TutorialsChapter 1
215th Feb 2010Getting started with AliceChapter 1
322nd Feb 2010MethodsChapter 2
41st Mar 2010Variables and FunctionsChapter 3
58th Mar 2010Review and Practice testChapters 1,2 & 3
615th Mar 2010Assessment 1 (30%)Chapters 1,2 & 3
722nd Mar 2010Flow controlChapter 4
829th Mar 2010
Flow controlChapter 4
Student Vacation 1st April til 7th April inclusive – Split Week
85th Apr 2010
Flow controlChapter 4
912th Apr 2010Lists and ArraysChapter 5
1019th Apr 2010EventsChapter 6
1126th Apr 2010Assignment reviewChapters 1 to 6
123rd May 2010Assessment 2 (Assignment) due (40%)Chapters 1 to 6
1310th May 2010From Alice to JavaChapter 7
1417th May 2010From Alice to JavaChapter 7
1524th May 2010Types and expressionsChapter 8
1631st May 2010Review and Practice testChapters 7 & 8
177th Jun 2010Assessment 3 (30%)Chapters 7 & 8
1814th Jun 2010Review and FeedbackChapters 7 & 8

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Joel Adams (2008) Alice in Action with Java. Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Mass. ISBN 978-1-4239-0096-2


P,Dann. W, Cooper.S, Pausch. R, Learning to program with Alice, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., NJ, ISBN 978-0-13-208516-8
Sparke. G, The Java Way, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education Inc, ISBN 978-07339-7508-X
Sierra. K, & Bates. B, Head First Java, 2nd Edition, O’Reilly Publication, ISBN 0-596-00920-8
Overton. J, Simple Program Design, Thomson Learning Inc, ISBN 978-0-17-012895-7

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignment, practical and written tests, practical problem solving in-class exercises.
You will be asked to demonstrate your work to your teacher to ensure relevant competency standards are met. You will be provided feedback throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 – Week 6 - This is a practical assessment in Alice. Competency grade: CA / NYC -30%

Assessment 2 – Week 10 - This is a progressive project in Alice -  Competency grade: CA / NYC - 40%

Assessment 3 – Week 15 This is an Assessment in Java - Competency grade: CA / NYC -30%

Assessment Matrix

ElementsAssessment 1
CA – NYC/ 30 %
Assessment 2
CA – NYC/ 40 %
Assessment 4
CA – NYC/ 30 %
Element 1: Prepare for testYesNoYes
Element 2: Conduct testYesYesYes
Element 3: Analyse and classify resultsNoYesYes

Other Information

Competency and grading requirements:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade. Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.

If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA. If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.
Reassessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt or have an approved special consideration application.

In adherence with RMIT’s commitment to sustainability, course teachers will seek to incorporate environmental concerns in the facilitation of this course. These include, but are not limited to:
• Conserving natural resources
• Using recycled materials wherever possible
• Minimising pollution
• Applying energy savings measures
• Reducing waste
Students are encouraged to identify and follow environmental and resource efficient ways of working whilst studying this course.

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