The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course focuses on software verification and validation throughout the software life cycle. Topics covered in this course will include reviews, inspections, formal verification, testing techniques, and testing frameworks

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply the concepts and theory related to software verification and validation.

2. Identify different testing techniques and design test plans, develop test suites, and evaluate test suite coverage

3. Use testing frameworks and testing tools.


1. Basic concepts in software verificaion and validation

2. Software testing techniques (black-box testing, white-box testing, etc.)

3. Test adequacy and coverage criteria

4. Automated testing tools and techniques

5. Testing lifecycle and test management

6. Non-functional testing

7. Formal methods for software verification


Assumed knowledge

SENG2130 Systems Analysis and Design

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term