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Unit Overview


Software testing and quality assurance processes are critical to ensure the success of software projects. Various testing methodologies and theories covered in this unit includes (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.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate threats against software quality; (2) describe the types of software quality, and measures that reflect software quality; (3) design software tests to mitigate threats at the unit, system and user level; (4) apply test suites to evaluate software quality; and (5) describe the principles of formal project correctness, and prove simple programs conform to a given specification.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project; (2) workshop exercises; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Arran Stewart
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Major(s) Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
or Enrolment in
Major(s) BH008 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science [Honours]
Successful completion of
Unit(s) CITS2002 Systems Programming
or Successful completion of
Unit(s) CITS2005 Object Oriented Programming
Enrolment in
Unit(s) CITS5501 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
Advisable prior study
Familiarity with a statically-typed language, and
CITS4401 Software Requirements and Design
or CITS3301 Software Requirements and Design
Contact hours
2 hours of lectures weekly
2 hours of labs weekly

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

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