Fall 2020 - CMPT 473 D100

Software Testing, Reliability and Security (3)

Class Number: 6650

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM

    Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    (CMPT 275 or CMPT 276) and 15 upper division CMPT units.



Methods for software quality assurance focusing on reliability and security. Test coverage and test data adequacy including combinatorial testing. MC/DC testing, and mutation testing. Security engineering techniques for vulnerability discovery and mitigation including fuzz testing. Testing techniques will be applied to the assessment of external open source software.


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, reliability, and security. Students will apply these concepts to real world software projects and gain an understanding of the challenges that arise in practice. This course will be taught using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods. Students will be expected to watch video lectures asynchronously as well as participate in exercises, quizzes, and exams at times scheduled for the class. These may require video or voice chat. Projects will involve group collaboration for which students must be able to synchronously meet via voice and/or video chat.


  • Overview of software quality assurance
  • Defining quality: requirements and specifications
  • Quality by design: building in quality
  • Program verification technologies and methods
  • Testing methods - white box, black box, control flow, data flow
  • Test data assessment: when have you tested enough?
  • Standards for software quality assurance


  • Course work will consist of applied assignments, written homework, exams, and quizzes. The marking scheme will be given in the first week of the course. Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).