An investigation of software development and testing

An investigation of software development and testing
Refer to Course Description, especially in regard to: Extensions, Special Consideration, Late Submissions and
Plagiarism.
This assignment is an individual assessment.
Purpose:
The purpose of the assignment is to help you to:-
• improve your research and comprehension skills
• develop a good understanding of professional industry standards for software testing
• appreciate the value of various processes and methods used in industry to test and evaluate software
systems
Introduction:
According to Standards Australia:
“Standards are published documents setting out specifications and procedures designed to
ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way
they were intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety
criteria.”
There are several standards, international and national, that relate specifically to software testing.
Standards formalize industry best practice and they are agreed upon by professionals in the
industry in which the standards apply to.
This assignment is an investigation into those standards.
Assignment tasks:
You will need to:
• locate two current documents for one national standard and one international standard that
relate to software testing
• research, comprehend and analyse each document to find relevant details to answer a set of
questions, and
• prepare a written summary report of findings
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Commence your search for standards at the Federation University website. There is a listing of Databases AZ
(http://libguides.federation.edu.au/az.php ) which has a link for Australian Standards Online.
Note: If you are on campus, just clicking on the link will send you through to the database.
If you are off campus, you will need to authenticate with your log on details
Your search should target published standards, not drafts. You can include any of the following but
you are not limited to:
• AS/NZS ISO/IEC 9126.1:2005
Software engineering – Product quality – Quality model
• ISO/IEC 12119:1994
Information technology – Software packages – Quality requirements and testing
• AS/NZS ISO/IEC 25062:2006
Software engineering – Software product Quality Requirements and Evaluation (SQuaRE) –
Common Industry Format (CIF) for usability test reports
• ISO 829 Software documentation standards
• IEEE 12027
• ISO 25000 series
Select and research one Australian and one international standard relating to software testing to
ascertain the answers to the following questions. Be sure to check appendices in these documents
as they can be very helpful. Your answers should illustrate a good understanding of the standard
documents you select.
For each standard
• What is the standard name?
• Who holds the copyright for the standard?
• Amongst the acknowledged contributors to the document, which universities were involved
(if any)?
• What is the scope or intent of the standard?
• What are key terms and understandings needed for the standard to be understood and
applied?
• In your own words, what does application of the standard result in? Or in other words, what
does the standard do?
• Finally, what specific relevance to software testing is the standard?
Make a comparison of the two standards.
• Relate any commonalities between your two selected standards
• Highlight any significant differences in their approach and applications.
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Prepare a report of no more than 1,500 words answering all questions. The report should have
the following structure.
• an introduction to standards and a brief description of the two standards researched
• responses to questions for each standard
• listing and a discussion of commonalities and differences between the two standards
• a conclusion summarizing the report findings
Marking guide
Assessment component Maximum
grade
Introduction 2
Responses to questions 4
Listing and discussion of commonalities and differences 6
Conclusion 1
Spelling, grammar and report presentation 2
Total 15

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