Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology

Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI926
Subject Name Software Testing and Analysis
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Final examination 50% Individual assignment 10% Group project 40%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in Tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hour lec, 1 hour tut/lab
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
George Zhou
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
George Zhou
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
Testing is a crucial task in the software development life cycle, and can easily exceed fifty percent of a project's total development cost. This subject will provide students with practical software testing and analysis methods for software quality assurance. Topics may include: software qualities, static analysis methods including reviews and analysis by tools, specification-based or black-box testing techniques, structure-based or white-box testing techniques, debugging techniques, data flow analysis, model checking, automation of testing, quality assurance for Web applications, testing for software security, testing throughout the software life cycle, test management, and the psychology of testing. Practical components will include designing and implementing strategies and methods to test real-world programs effectively and efficiently.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify key qualities for different types of software applications.
2. Develop appropriate software testing and analysis strategies to verify key qualities of industrial software applications.
3. Explain the principles on which state-of-the-art software testing tools work.
4. Make effective use of existing tools for software testing and their application.
5. Discuss the major open problems in software testing and analysis.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Assumed knowledge: Students should be familiar with C, C++ or JAVA programming languages.

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