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: email@example.com; Webpage: www.engr.smu.edu/~tian/class/7314.06f
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.
- black box or functional testing,
- clear box or structural testing,
- usage-based statistical testing.
The rest of the class time will be devoted to the following topics:
general concepts about quality,
other alternatives to testing,
including, defect prevention, inspection, formal verification,
and fault tolerance and safety assurance,
quality assessment and improvement, including,
measurement and feedback mechanisms,
quality models, defect analysis, risk identification,
and software reliability engineering.
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:
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
"Software Quality Engineering:
Testing, Quality Assurance, and Quantifiable Improvement"
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., and IEEE Computer Society Press, 2005.
List of topics and tentative schedule.
Other references, reading material,
and selected class material will be listed or posted online at
If you need to make alternative arrangements for turning-in
material or taking exams,
you must contact the instructor ahead of time
and get an extension.
(Otherwise you'll receive 0 for the specific item.)
(Relevant SMU policies):
* Disability Accommodations:
Students needing academic accommodations for
a disability must first contact Ms. Rebecca Marin, Coordinator,
Services for Students with Disabilities (214-768-4557)
to verify the disability and establish eligibility for accommodations.
They should then schedule an appointment with the professor
to make appropriate arrangements. (See University Policy No. 2.4.)
* Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be
absent on holidays that require missing class should notify
their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester,
and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of
making up any work missed because of the absence.
(See University Policy No. 1.9.)
* Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities:
Students participating in an officially sanctioned,
scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given
the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded
assignments missed as a result of their participation.
It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements
with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination
or other missed assignment for making up the work.
(University Undergraduate Catalog)
Prepared by Jeff Tian
Posted: Aug. 18, 2006;
Last update: Aug. 21, 2006.