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G53QAT Quality Assurance and Testing
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  09/10

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students:  Third year undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module introduces concepts and techniques for testing software and assuring its quality. Topics cover software testing at the unit, module, subsystem, and system levels, automatic and manual techniques for generating and validating test data, the testing process, static vs. dynamic analysis, functional testing, inspections, and reliability assessment.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks2 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 60 Written examination open questions style 
Coursework 1 40 Several assignments researching, reporting, presenting and assessing a given topic within the remit of the module. 

Dr C Higgins

Education Aims:  The module introduces concepts and techniques for software testing and quality assurance.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding: knowledge and understanding of evaluation and testing of software systems. Intellectual skills: ability to use formal methods of software analysis. Professional skills: ability to test software in a systematic way and carry out quality assurance process, experience of using specialised testing software. Transferable skills: abstract thinking, systematic approach to problem solving.

Offering School:  Computer Science

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