SWE 737 Course Syllabus
Advanced Software Testing
This class is a seminar!
It is not a lecture class.
Students should expect to contribute heavily to the class.
This version of SWE 737 is about advanced testing techniques.
The heart of the course is a testing-related research project,
drawn from one of three areas:
Context-based approaches to mutation testing.
This project has substantial infrastructure already
built and is suitable for a variety of semester-long research projects.
Empirical studies in evaluating methods for choosing components for test automation.
This is a small MITRE-funded project that might be of interest
to one or two students.
A testing-related research project identified by the student
and approved by the instructor.
Degree Credit for PhD IT Students
This class counts towards the
"Select at least 18 credit hours with at least 12 credits at the 700 level as follows"
Software Engineering Advanced Emphasis Requirement.
Note: The CS department approved adding SWE 737 to this list in 2016,
but a clerical error
resulted in it not appearing in the 2017-2018 catalog.
Nonetheless, the vote is what is binding, and hence
the course does count towards this requirement.
Approximate Schedule: Revisions likely!
First few weeks: General (re)orientation in testing.
I plan to lead some of these discussions,
but heavy student participation is expected.
Middle section of the semeter:
Student presentations of papers from the literature.
Last few weeks of the semester:
Student presentations of projects/papers.
This will cover your work.
There are three specific expectations of students
in this class.
The simplest is that each student come to lecture prepared
to discuss the topic of the day.
This is a seminar, not a lecture.
Each student is expected to add value to the discussion.
Discussions will continue outside of class on a Piazza forum.
Again, students are expected to contribute.
Each student will lead one or two discussions
in class, as well as one or more online discussions.
This will involve selecting suitable material,
making it available to other students,
and preparing a presentation to guide the discussion.
You should begin researching what topics you would like
to present now.
You should have clear your ideas with me a couple of weeks
before you are scheduled to present.
Group work is certainly allowed - even encouraged -
depending on what is most appropriate for the specific topic.
Each student will prepare a project or paper on
some advanced testing technique.
Again, you should discuss your ideas with me
as early as possible.
Group work is possible in this aspect of the course as well,
but requires a strong rationale and prior instructor approval.
PhD students should aim for a paper/project
that is potentially publishable.
Often, such papers require additional work outside the
scope of the class to bring them to the level of
quality required to satisfy a typical set of reviewers.
MS students are also welcome to aim
However, many MS students are often interested
in more practical applications.
Grades are computed as: Class participation (25%);
Discussion leading (25%);