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 SWE 326: Software Testing And Quality Assurance

Course Information

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

3 lectures per week, 50 minutes each (3-0-3)

Designation:   Required Course

Course Level:   Undergraduate


Prerequisite(s) by Topic: 

  • STAT 319 and SWE 316

Prerequisite Courses: 

Catalog Description: 

  • The concept of software quality, and software quality metrics. Software quality assurance planning & implementation. Quality process standards. Validation & verification. Reviews, walkthroughs, & inspections. Mechanisms for validating software systems. Techniques for generating and validating test data. Students participate in a group project on software validation and verification.


“A Practical Guide to Testing Object-Oriented Software,” by John McGregor and David A. Sykes. Addison-Wesley, 2001, ISBN: 0-201-325640
Pressman, R.S. Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2001 (for Quality assurance part)

Course Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to:

  • Design comprehensive test plans.
  • Apply software inspection techniques.
  • Apply a wide variety of testing techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key techniques and tools in software testing.
  • Assess and evaluate software quality.
  • Work as a team leader/member of a software testing team.

Topics Covered: 

  • Introduction to software quality assurance [14 classes]
  • Inspections and reviews [2 class]
  • Principles of software validation [1 class]
  • Software verification [1 class]
  • Software testing [14 classes]
  • Specification-based test construction techniques [2 classes]
  • White-box and gray-box testing [2 classes]
  • Control flow oriented test construction techniques [2 classes]
  • Data flow oriented test construction techniques [2 classes]
  • Clean room approach to quality assurance [2 classes]
  • Software process certification [1 class]