Course syllabus - Quality assurance - The applied science of software testing 7.5 credits


Course code: DVA464
Valid from: Autumn semester18
Level of education: Second cycle
Subject: Informatics/Computer and Systems Scie...
Main Field(s) of Study: Computer Science,
In-Depth Level: A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements),
School: IDT
Ratification date: 2018-02-01


The course will provide participants with an understanding of fundamental problems, practical methods and tools for systematic software testing.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student shall be able to:

1. understand the basic objectives and challenges in software testing,
2. show knowledge in and ability to apply basic test design techniques,
3. show knowledge in and ability to apply static and dynamic analysis, and
4. have an overview of the state-of-the-art in software testing.

Course content

The course covers the following areas:
1. Code, integration and system testing, and their basic objectives and problems,
2. Test processes (including process models, standards and test levels),
3. Different metrics for quality measurement of code and test,
4. Test Design Techniques (for example, coverage-based techniques, equivalence partitioning and model-based testing) and
5. Static and dynamic analysis.

The course is divided into five modules:
Module 1: Introduction to Software testing
Module 2: Testing at the unit level
Module 3: Testing the integration level
Module 4: Static and dynamic analysis
Module 5: Advanced test design

Teaching methods

Flexible teaching supplemented by laboratory work and seminars.

Specific entry requirements

100 credits, out of which 70 credits are within technology or information technology, with at least 15 credits in programming or software development.
In addition Swedish course B/Swedish course 3 and English course A/English course 6 are required. For courses given entirely in English exemption is made from the requirement in Swedish course B/Swedish course 3.


Written assignment (INL1), (Module 1), 0,5 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL2), (Module 1), 1 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL3), (Module 2), 0,5 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL4), (Module 2), 1 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL5), (Module 3), 0,5 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL6), (Module 3), 1 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL7), (Module 4), 0,5 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL8), (Module 4), credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (INL9), (Module 5), 0,5 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)
Written assignment (ÖVN1), (Module 5), 1 credit, marks Fail (U) or Pass (G)

A student who has a certificate from MDH regarding a disability has the opportunity to submit a request for supportive measures during written examinations or other forms of examination, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for Examinations at First-cycle and Second-cycle Level at Mälardalen University (2016/0601). It is the examiner who takes decisions on any supportive measures, based on what kind of certificate is issued, and in that case which measures are to be applied.

Suspicions of attempting to deceive in examinations (cheating) are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, and are examined by the University’s Disciplinary Board. If the Disciplinary Board considers the student to be guilty of a disciplinary offence, the Board will take a decision on disciplinary action, which will be a warning or suspension.

Rules and regulations for examinations


Two-grade scale

Enviromental aspects

Environmental considerations have been taken into account in the learning outcomes.

Transitional provisions

The course completely overlaps with Software Verification and Validation and DVA434 Software Testing.

Course literature is preliminary until 3 weeks before the course starts. Literature may be valid over several terms.

Valid from: Spring semester19

Decision date: 2018-12-18

Last update: 2018-12-18

Reference litterature

Pezzè, Mauro.; Young, Michal.;

Software testing and analysis : process, principles, and techniques

ISBN: 978-0-471-45593-6 LIBRIS-ID: 12918672

xxii, 488 p.

Ammann, Paul; Offutt, Jeff;

Introduction to software testing

ISBN: 978-0-521-88038-1 (hbk.) LIBRIS-ID: 10875362

322 p.

Other Materials

In addition, pointers to recent topic-specific scientific literature on software testing is provided within the course modules.