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SWE 637: Software Testing and Quality Evaluation
This syllabus is from a graduate course at George Mason University.
SWE 637 is an elective in the Masters of Software Engineering program
that is taught every semester.
It is taken by 30 to 40 masters students in the
Information and Software Assurance programs;
and PhD students in Information Technology and Computer Science.
The class meets one day per week for 2.5 hours in the early evening.
| Professor: || Jeff Offutt |
| Office: || S&T II 347, 993-1654, fax: 993-1638 |
| Email: || offutt +=+=+ gmu.edu|
| URL: ||http://www.cs.gmu.edu/~offutt/|
| Class Hours: || Tue 4:30-7:10, S&T I, 206 |
| Prerequisite: || SWE 619 and SWE Foundation material, or CS 540 and CS 571 |
| Office Hours: || anytime electronically,
Thur 2:00-3:30, Tue 7:30-8:30,
or by appointment |
|TA: ||Shuang Wang, swangb +=+=+ gmu.edu
|Office Hours: ||Wed 1:30-3:30 pm, S&T II, room 335
Concepts and techniques for testing software and assuring its quality.
Topics cover software testing at the unit, module, subsystem,
and system levels,
automatic and manual techniques for generating and validating test data,
the testing process, static vs. dynamic analysis, functional testing,
inspections, and reliability assessment.
The course will attempt to prepare students to test software in
structured, organized ways.
should provide practical knowledge of a variety of ways to test software,
an understanding of some of the tradeoffs between testing techniques,
and a feel for the practice of software testing and
the research in software testing.
Paul Ammann and Jeff Offutt,
Introduction to Software Testing
Cambridge University Press
Check out the book website
- PREREQUISITE NOTES:
Knowledge of programming and data structures and
a general knowledge of software engineering.
You will need a basic familiarity with some of the subjects and terms
of software engineering.
You will need an in-depth understanding of the syntax and semantics of
multiple programming languages.
I expect you to read the relevant material before lecture.
The lectures may not cover everything in the readings and
will often include material not found in the readings.
There will be small computer and homework assignments for
most of our topics.
Some will require pencil and paper and others will require
modest programming or use of tools available from the Web.
I do not accept late homework unless arrangements are worked out
and 10% per week will be deducted
for late submissions.
We will have weekly quizzes and no midterm exam.
Quizzes will be given during the first 10 minutes
of each class and no makeup or late quizzes will be given.
You are allowed to miss up to three quizzes
(the lowest three quiz grades will be dropped).
The 10 quizzes with the highest scores will be used to calculate
the final grade (10 * 3% = 30%).
- IN-CLASS COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATION:
Phone calls, text messages, instant messages, email, and general web surfing are not allowed
during class time.
Computers may only be used to follow the material in class.
Violators will have their devices confiscated or asked to leave the room.
- HONOR CODE STATEMENT:
As with all GMU courses,
SWE 637 is governed by the GMU Honor Code
In this course, all
assignments, exams, and project submissions
carry with them an implicit statement that it is the sole work of the author,
unless joint work is explicitly authorized.
Help may be obtained from the instructor or other students to understand
the description of the problem and any technology,
but the solution, particularly the design portion,
must be the student's own work.
If joint work is authorized,
all contributing students must be listed on the submission.
Any deviation from this is considered an Honor Code violation,
and as a minimum, will result in failure of the submission
and as a maximum, failure of the class.
- GRADING POLICIES:
- Weekly homework assignments: 33%
- Weekly quizzes: 33%
The lowest three quiz grades will be dropped;
allowing for missed classes.
- Closed book, in-class, comprehensive final exam: 34%