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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Fundamentals of Software Testing
Module Code CA358
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul M Clarke
Semester 2: Paul M Clarke
Autumn: Paul M Clarke
Module TeachersPaul M Clarke
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To familiarise students with basic software testing strategies and techniques most relevant to computing in a business environment.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the principles the importance and principles of the software testing process.
2. Identify and contrast the main lifecycle approaches from a testing perspective
3. Explain the main static testing techniques
4. Explain the main test design techniques
5. Evaluate the test management process
6. Explain the principles behind and role of tool support in software testing

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture2412 lectures x 2 hours per week
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestAutomated testing practical lab exam15%Week 3
In Class TestAutomated testing practical lab exam35%Week 6
In Class TestGeneral questions of practical and theoretical focus drawn from all module content (this could be a number of smaller quizzes depending on progress and structure in any given year)50%Week 11
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Andreas Spillner, Tilo Linz, Hans Schaefer,: 0, Software Testing Foundations, 978-1-933952-08-6
  • Dorothy Graham, Isabel Evans, Erik Van Veenendaal and Rex Black: 0, Foundations of Software Testing: ISTQB Certification, 97818444809899
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMBUSBSc in Computing for Business
ECBSc in Enterprise Computing
Date of Last Revision20-DEC-11

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