Spring 2018 - CMPT 473 D100

Software Quality Assurance (3)

Class Number: 12510

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SUR 5140, Surrey

    We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SUR 5140, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SUR 3310, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Nick Sumner
    1 778-782-7592
    Office: SUR 4146
  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 373.



Factors in software quality include functionality, reliability, usability, efficiency, maintainability, and portability. Techniques for assessing the quality of software with respect to such factors, and methods for improving the quality of both software products and software development processes.


The goal of this course is to provide students a comprehensive understanding of the quality factors in software as well as the tools, technologies and techniques that may be used to assess and improve software quality. Students will apply these concepts to quality assessment and improvement of external open source software.


- Overview of software quality assurance
- Defining quality: requirements and specifications
- Security as a fundamental aspect of quality
- Quality by design: building in quality
- Program verification technologies and methods
- Inspections and code reviews
- Testing methods - white box, black box, control flow, data flow
- Test data assessment: when have you tested enough?
- Tools and technologies for quality assessment and improvement
- Quality assurance process and process improvement
- Standards for software quality assurance


  • assignments 40%
  • exams 30%
  • quizzes and homework 30%

Registrar Notes:

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