Course : Special Topics: Software Quality Assurance
- Course Number
- Section Number
- Spring 2019
- Bolin Hall, 320
- Dr. Catherine V. Stringfellow
- Days & Times
- Final Exam Day/Time
- Tuesday, May 07, 2019 12:00 am
Catalog Description: A study of the process of creating large software systems. Encompasses system design, development, maintainability, testing, and documentation. Emphasis is on concepts and practices that reduce software cost and increase reliability and modifiability.
The course will also focus on concepts and practices that assure and measure software quality.
General Course Objectives: This course is a study of the following topics:
- Quality Assurance,
- Defect Prevention and Removal,
- Testing techniques,
- Formal specification and verification methods,
- Quality Improvement
Specific Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand how to detect, classify, prevent and remove defects
- Understand how to conduct formal inspections, record and evaluate results of inspections
- Know how to choose which metrics to collect and use them to make predictions
- Choose appropriate testing strategies and develop test cases
- Be able to use Z to formally specify a system and write proofs for algorithms.
Prerequisites: Twelve hours of graduate computer science or CMPS 5153: Advanced Software Engineering.
Course Assignments and Evaluation:
Students will be asked to perform software quality assurance activities on different pieces of software. There will also be a few short assignments involving formal specifications, proof of correctness, developing test cases, applying prediction models, and other course topics. There will also be a midterm and final.
Final grades will be based on the following criteria:
Activity Percentage of Grade
Assignments (Homework, Quizzes, Group Work) 50%
Grading Scale is as follows: 90-100% is an A, 80-89% is a B, 70-79% is a C, 60-69% is a D, and 0-59% is an F. Late assignments will result in a lower grade.
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