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Software Testing and Quality

Code: EIC0103     Acronym: TQSO

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Software Engineering

Instance: 2014/2015 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~apaiva/teach/1314/TQSO.htm
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEIC 18 Syllabus since 2009/2010 5 - 6 56 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
João Carlos Pascoal Faria 3,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Be familiarized with the terminology used in software testing. Acquire knowledge about the main techniques that may be applied in software quality control. Acquiring sensitivity to issues relating to software quality processes.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the course students should understand the concepts of software testing techniques for designing test cases and when to use them, and know when to apply the different software testing tools.

Working method



1. Basic concepts of software quality: concept of quality attributes and quality metrics, according to ISO 9126; factors of quality, costs, quality, verification and validation versus quality assurance. 2. Software testing: basic concepts and definitions, technical design of test cases (black box testing and white box), unit testing and test-driven development (TDD), integration tests, system tests (through the user interface, performance tests, reliability, availability, compatibility, etc.). Model-based testing, acceptance tests, tests planning and documentation, problems reporting and tracking, metrics related to testing, testing process management, test automation. 3. Inspections, reviews and other forms of static analysis software.

Mandatory literature

Burnstein, Ilene; Practical software testing. ISBN: 0-387-95131-8
Mathur, Aditya P.; Foundations of software testing. ISBN: 81-317-1660-0

Complementary Bibliography

Kent Beck; Test Driven Development: By Example. ISBN: 978-0321146533
Rick Mugridge, Ward Cunningham; Fit for Developing Software: Framework for Integrated Tests, Prentice Hall, 2005. ISBN: 978-0321269348
Utting, Mark; Practical Model-Based Testing. ISBN: 978-0-12-372501-1

Teaching methods and learning activities

The lecture classes are used for formal exposure of the subject, followed by the presentation of their cases and discussion. In laboratory classes, students will have the opportunity to conduct small projects and work with testing tools. This work will consist of two phases: initially, students will have to give a lesson on a software testing practical tool; in the second phase, students will have to prepare a report with a comparison of test tools.


JUnit / NUnit / TestNG
SpecExplorer (VS2010)


Technological sciences > Technology > Computer technology > Software technology
Technological sciences > Engineering > Computer engineering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Trabalho de campo 25,00
Trabalho laboratorial 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 50,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Trabalho de investigação 50,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

50% minimum in frequency assessment

Calculation formula of final grade

(E) Final exam with 50% weight. Minimum score of 45% on the exam.

Practical work with weight of 50%:

- (A) classroom practice: 25%;

- (P) research work: 25%.

Final Rating = (E) * 50% + (A) * 25% + (P) * 25%

Note: in any case, the final grade can not exceed by more than 3 values to classification of the test rounded to the nearest whole next.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

The practical work is mandatory for all students

Classification improvement

The classification of the final exam can be improved in appeal exam. The ratings obtained in the practical work can be improved in the following edition of discipline.

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