SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE - 2018/9
Module code: COM2036
In the traditional project management triangle, the vertices of that triangle are usually labelled scope, time and money with quality being in the centre. As technical progress continues to advance at a rapid pace, time to market is usually critical for most companies, including software companies. Due to the time constraint, quality is usually one of the first casualties of the software development process as it tends to happen towards the end of the development process leaving precious little time to assure the quality of the deliverables.
This module puts forward the view that quality is something that mustn’t be marginalised and needs to be embedded throughout the software development cycle. Rather than fearing quality control, software developers and project managers responsible for the delivery of a software product should embrace it and ensure that at each stage of the life cycle numerous quality checks are used to ensure an overall “fit for purpose” solution. The main mantra is that finding and fixing bugs early is much cheaper than doing it later.
WESEMEYER Stephan (Computer Sci)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
COM1027 Programming Fundamentals and COM1028 Software Engineering COM2027-Software Engineering Project is a co-requisite
Indicative content includes:
The need for software quality
Unit, System, Integration, Functional, Non-Functional, Usabiliy, Acceptance Testing
Frameworks and standards (ISO9001, Six Sigma, CMMI)
Test plans and testing artefacts
Bugtrackers (BugZilla, Trac, Jira)
Continuous Integration:CruiseControl, Jenkins, Apache Continuum
Software Quality and software development methodologies
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||Group presentation on the software quality assurance frameworks/standards||20|
|Coursework||Individual project: Create a test environment||40|
|Coursework||Individual report: Develop a test plan and testing documentation||40|
A short report(1000 words) comparing two different software quality assurance frameworks/standards Qualifying Condition(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Their understanding of the pros and cons of using a software quality assurance framework/standard like ISO9001, CMMI, Six Sigma
Their ability to set up, configure and use a bugtracker together with a continuous integration and testing package
Their ability to produce a test plan and various testing artefacts for a small-scale application
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
A group presentation describing a software quality assurance framework/standard highlighting its pros and cons as well as its applicability to various project sizes (during week 4 and 5). This addresses LO1 and LO2.
An individual test environment that consist of a bugtracker and continuous build environment (for week 8). This addresses LO1 and LO3.
An individual report providing a test plan and testing documentation for a small-scale project together with a justified recommendation of the necessary software tools to be used (for week 10). This addresses LO1 and LO4.
Formative assessment and feedback:
Individual formative feedback is provided as part of the first two summative assessments as well as in the lab sessions and during lectures.
- Describe the role of quality as part of a “fit-for-purpose” solution
- Show the importance of embedding software quality throughout the software development lifecycle
- Introduce different software tools to help with quality
- Investigate the challenges that different software development methodolgies pose with respect to software quality assurance
- Review different Software Quality Assurance standards and associated certifications, eg ISO 9001, Six Sigma, CMMI
|001||Discuss the benefits of embedding software quality throughout the software development process||KC|
|002||Evaluate the pros and cons of a number of software quality assurance frameworks & standards like ISO9001, Six Sigma, CMMI||KCP|
|003||Demonstrate the ability to set up, configure and use a bugtracker together with a continuous integration and testing package||PT|
|004||Produce the necessary testing plan and testing artefacts for a small-scale application||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Help students understand the importance of software quality assurance as part of the overall software development lifecycle
Provide students with the opportunity to install, configure and use a number of tools used in software quality assurance
Provide the students with sample test plans and testing documents that they can use in other modules (eg COM2027)
Encourage students to research software quality assurance frameworks and standards
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures (11 weeks @ 2h) with class discussions to introduce the theoretical background
Labs (9 weeks @ 2h) to put the theory into practice
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/com2036
Programmes this module appears in
|Software Development for Business BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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