Software Testing
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 21.0
Credit Value: 1.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A

Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Business Analysis, Project Management - Other rel
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a Sheridan College course that is offered through Sheridan FCAPS. Students who register for the course through Sheridan will receive credit from Sheridan College only. Access to the course materials will be through This course is offered in a classroom version and an online version. In the classroom version, classes are conducted on campus, students engage in classroom instruction. The online version is a web-based course offered entirely online through Sheridan College, students will need reliable access to the internet. Students should have a basic level of comfort using computers as well as the self-discipline to study online.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Study concepts and processes of software testing to verify implemented solutions against documented specifications. Review various levels of software testing such as black box, grey box, white box, regression, static, dynamic or automated and learn to create test cases and a test plan. Additionally, students may find this course helpful preparation for the (ISTQB) International Standard Testing Certified Qualification Board, Certified Tester Foundation Level exam.

Program Context

Business Analysis Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is an elective course in the Business Analysis Sheridan Certificate offered through the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Project Management - Other rel Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce the key deliverables expected of a software tester, including test cases, test reports and a test plan, while applying the fundamental concepts of software testing.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the role of the tester and the business analyst in the quality assurance process.
  2. Distinguish among the various test levels such as component, integration, system, acceptance, and among the various test types such as functional, usability, and regression.
  3. Describe the seven core software testing principles and their limitations.
  4. Write test cases using black-box testing techniques test system functionality.
  5. Write test cases using white-box testing techniques to test the individual components of the system architecture.
  6. Develop non-functional test cases in order to test non-functional requirements.
  7. Write an incident report in order to document a possible defect observed during testing.
  8. Write a test plan in order to document the testing scope and approach.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 In-Class Assignments (8x5%)40.0%
 Quizzes (6x10%)60.0%

Evaluation Notes:

Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Graded Discussions (2x5%)10.0%
 Individual Assignment30.0%
 Group Project10.0%
 Quizzes (5x10%)50.0%

Evaluation Notes:

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Individual Assignment30.0%
 Group Project10.0%
 Quizzes (5x10%)50.0%

Evaluation Notes:

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact: Registrar’s Office

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous life and work experiences. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Other
    Notes:This course is delivered through OntarioLearn at and is hosted by (Sheridan College) SH-MGMT70043.

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookSoftware Testing: An ISTQB-ISEB Foundation Guide, Brian Hambling, 3, ISBN 9781780172996, Instructor will provide details on how to purchase this textbook.

Applicable student group(s): In-class and online students in the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Course Details:

Orientation Module 
- Welcome and Introductions

Module 1: Testing Fundamentals & Testing Lifecycle
- The role of the tester and the business analyst in the QA process
- The seven principles of software testing
- Test levels and test types

Learning Outcomes covered: 1, 2, 3
Learning activities and Assessments: Quizzes (2x10% =20%), Discussion (5%)

Module 2: Static Testing & Test Design Techniques
- Static testing
- Test design techniques
- Black-box testing
- White-box testing
- Testing of non-functional requirements

Learning Outcomes covered: 4, 5, 6
Learning activities and Assessments: Quizzes (2x10%=20%), Assignment (30%), Discussion (5%)

Module 3: Test Management & Test Tools
- Incident reports
- Test plans
- Test tools

Learning Outcomes covered: 7, 8
Learning activities and Assessments: Group Work Project (10%); Quiz (10%)

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Couse Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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