FIT4004 - System validation and verification, quality and standards - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit covers the fundamental products, processes and techniques for system validation and verifications including testing methodologies, static program analysis and code quality measurement and monitoring. Open-source tools will be used to apply in practice knowledge learnt about software testing from a theoretical perspective. Inspection and testing methodologies, analysis of artefacts, robustness, performance analysis configuration management, quality assurance plan and standards, compliance, assessment, certification issues are covered. It shows how to predict, analyse and control defects in complex software systems.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the importance of quality assurance in software engineering;
  2. articulate the role of validation and verification methods in the system development life cycle; key issues in software testing, testing levels and testing techniques;
  3. categorise and apply selection and combination of techniques and test related measures;
  4. measure, evaluate and analyse software under test using different quality and complexity metrics;
  5. develop adequate test cases to help detect software system defects using industry-strength IDEs, unit testing frameworks such as JUnit, code coverage tools such as Cobertura, and other similar products;
  6. implement continuous integration (CI) at unit, integration & system testing level using a CI server such as Jenkins to automatically run regression test suites on the system under test.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 1-hour tutorial
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MAT1830 and FIT2004 and FIT2024 and FIT3077



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