Advanced Topics in Software Engineering

  • March 26, 2020: Today's lesson has been cancelled due to a last minute meeting of the teacher. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • March 16, 2020: Lectures will start on Tuesday March 24th.


  • Andrea Polini
  • Barbara Re

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Lessons schedule:

  • Tuesday, 14.00 - 16.00, Room AB1, Polo Lodovici;
  • Thursday, 11.00 - 13.00, Room AB1, Polo Lodovici.

The course intends to provide to the students the basic knowledge and competences for testing complex software systems. The following topics will be covered:

  • Software Testing generalities
  • Software Testing phases
  • Test derivation strategies
  • Test adequacy assessment

The various conceptual aspects will be illustrated using examples and competences will be assessed with a course project that will require the usage of professional tools.

  • General Information
    • Basic of software testing
    • Software quality dimensions
    • Testing and other verification activities
    • Type of testing
  • Test Generation Strategies from Requirements
    • Equivalence partitioning
    • Boundary analysis
    • The Category Partition method
    • Cause-Effect graphs
    • Test generation from predicates
      • BOR,BRO, BRE adequate test sets
  • Test Generation from Finite-State Models
    • Finite State Machines (FSM)
    • Conformance testing
    • The W-Method
    • The partial W-Method
  • Test Generation from Combinatorial Design
  • Test Adequacy Assessment Using Control Flow and Data Flow
    • Control-Flow criteria
    • Data-Flow criteria
  • Unit and Integration Testing

Exam Dates A.Y. 2020/2021

  • June 18th, 2020 - 11am-1pm, room AB1
  • July 16th, 2020 - 11am-1pm, room AB1
  • September 8th and 29th, 2020 - 11am-1pm, room AB1
  • February 2nd and 23th, 2021 - 11am-1pm, room AB1

Exam rules:

The exam consist of two parts.

  • Written test (1h30). On the exam date a written test takes place, it has a mixed structure: solution of exercises, and open/close answer questionnaire.
  • Optional oral presentation that can be performed in a date agreed with the teachers.


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