CITS5501 Software Testing and Quality Assurance

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Software testing and quality assurance processes are critical to ensure the success of software projects. This unit covers testing methodologies and theories including (1) standard test processes—unit tests, integration, system, performance, acceptance and installation; (2) testing methods—code inspections, equivalence class tests, path testing, conformance testing and use case tests; (3) verification and validation of software—inspections, test case design and execution, and test metrics; (4) quality assurance—ISO 9001 and CMMI standards, configuration management, process modelling, usability, complexity and process metrics, project and risk management, and reliability modelling; and (5) formal methods for design and verification.
Students are able to (1) formally document and communicate software quality assurance processes; (2) assess a software system/project for threats to project quality; (3) describe the types of software quality, and measures that reflect software quality; (4) design comprehensive tests to mitigate threats at the unit, system and user level; (5) explain the testing process and manage and prioritise test suites; and (6) explain the principles of formal project correctness, and prove simple programs conform to a given specification.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory project; (2) research seminar; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Arran Stewart
Unit rules
enrolment in the
BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours] (International Cybersecurity major) or
62510 Master of Information Technology or
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Software Engineering)
completion of 12 points of programming-based units
CITS4220 Software Quality and Measurement

Pressman, R. S. Software Engineering: a Practitioner's Approach, 7th edn: McGraw-Hill 2009

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