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.

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.