CSE 7314/5314 (Fall 2006) Syllabus

Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Prof. Jeff Tian, CSE Dept., SMU, Dallas, TX 75275
Phone: (214)768-2861; Fax: (214)768-3085
E-mail: tian@engr.smu.edu; Webpage: www.engr.smu.edu/~tian/class/7314.06f

General Description

Quality assurance (QA) includes many techniques and activities aimed at assuring that appropriate functionality has been implemented correctly in the software system or product. We will devote substantial time of this course to various topics related to testing, with a focus on testing techniques, including: These testing techniques are organized by their underlying models, including lists, partitions and equivalent classes, finite-state machines. Test activities, management, and related issues, such as testing sub-phases, team organization, testing process, people's roles and responsibilities, test automation, etc., will also be discussed.

The rest of the class time will be devoted to the following topics:

Workload and Grading

The course grade each student receives will reflect the weighted average of exams, homework assignments, and course project. The approximate weight assignment is as follows:

Midterm Exam
Final Exam

The primary difference for graduate students (enrolled in 7314) and undergraduate students (enrolled in 5314) is in the project, as explained in the project assignment information.

Textbook and Other Information

Prepared by Jeff Tian (tian@engr.smu.edu).
Posted: Aug. 18, 2006; Last update: Aug. 21, 2006.

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