Fall 2022 - CMPT 473 E100

Software Testing, Reliability and Security (3)

Class Number: 6114

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    SRYE 1002, Surrey

    Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    SRYE 1002, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SRYC 2600, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    (CMPT 275 or CMPT 276) with a minimum grade of C- 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. Success in the course depends on in-person participation for quizzes, exams, and in-class exercises. Some projects will require group communication and collaboration.


  • Testing techniques
  • Measuring how well software is tested
  • Automated test generation
  • Program analysis technologies and techniques
  • Assessing program performance
  • Understanding security concerns
  • Empirical methods for reliability



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).



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