PMC240 - Quality Assurance and Testing in IT Projects

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Subject Title
Quality Assurance and Testing in IT Projects

Subject Description
This course teaches students how to plan and manage for quality in Information Technology projects with a focus on testing across a variety of platforms. Test plans, unit testing, regression testing, integration testing and acceptance testing, including security and load testing, are all examined. Testing frameworks are discussed as well as strategies for working with external testers. Students learn best practices for walkthroughs, code reviews and how to make go/no-go decisions.

Credit Status
1 credit in the PMC program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  •     Create a test plan that aligns with the IT project plan and that addresses testing throughout the project lifecycle and across all required platforms.
  •     Understand a variety of testing techniques and when to apply each.
  •     Identify preliminary quality thresholds for IT Project work processes and deliverables.
  •     Communicate test requirements and results to testers and management.
  •     Understand the tools available for testing and their advantages/limitations.
  •     Carry out a preliminary risk analysis.
  •     Carry out a path analyses.
  •     Identify project cancellation points to minimize losses in an IT Project.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.