Syllabus for SSE 660

Software Test

Spring Semester

Early version, changes are certain.


  • A Practitioner's Guide to Software Test Design by Lee Copeland, Artech House Publishers (2004) ISBN 978-1580537919 (Required).
  • Software Testing (2nd. ed.) by Ron Patton, Sams Publishering (2005) ISBN 978-0672327988 (Required).
  • Software

    Other Resources

  • TBD.
  • Course Description

    Software testing at several levels and at several states of development, including acceptance testing. Software validation and verification.

    This Online Learning course begins on January 12, 2015.

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    Course Objectives

    Breadth and Depth in Defining, Analyzing, and Solving Complex Problems:

    Communicate Technical Aspects of the Solution for Complex Software Engineering Problems to a Technical Audience:

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    SSE 550 Object-Oriented Design I

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    Class Location

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    Percent of Term Grade
    Direct Activity Report 1
    Direct Activity Report 2
    Direct Activity Report 3
    Project 1
    Project 2
    Project 3

    Credit will be given only for original work.

    The Mercer University Student Handbook, including its provisions for academic honesty (including plagiarism), applies to all Mercer students.

    Project reports are to be submitted complete, not as incremental partial submissions.

    All course work is categorized as either Direct or Non-Direct (but not both). More information about the Direct and Non-Direct categories is contained in the Direct and Non-Direct and Report Logs. Please read these pages very carefully.

    Instruction Time

    Federal and regional accreditation requirements stipulate that a 3-credit hour course must include 150 minutes of direct instruction time per week. For this course, that direct instruction time includes"

    In addition to the 150 minutes of direct instruction time each week, students are expected to spend a minimum of 300 additional minutes per week completing reading and writing assignments:

    More information about the Direct and Non-Direct categories is contained in the Direct and Non-Direct and Report Logs. Please read these pages very carefully.

    Use the Report Logs to help you to manage your time and keep on schedule. You should schedule your work evenly throughout the term. If you fall behind schedule for your Direct Activities, and you "catch up" by your last Direct Activity Report, your previous Direct Activity Report grades can be raised to reflect your success in meeting this requirement, provided that your previous Direct Activity Reports were submitted in a timely manner. Direct Activity Reports not submitted in a timely manner will receive a grade of 0 (zero) unless the professor has approved an extension in advance.

    The Non-Direct Activity reports do not receive a separate grade, but are used to help in evaluating your project reports.

    More information about project grading is contained in the General Project Rubric .

  • If you have a question about any of this, please ask.
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    Additional Information

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    Changes to this Syllabus:

    There will be changes to this syllabus, so check back frequently, and don't forget to hit "Reload" or "Refresh".

    Schedule of Assignments and Events (tentative)

    Start Date
    End Date
    January 12, 2015 May 1, 2015 Course in Progress
    January 12, 2015 February 17, 2015 Work on Project 1

    February 9, 2015 Direct Activity Report 1 due.

    February 17, 2015 Project 1 due.

    March 23, 2015 Project 2 due.

    April 6, 2015 Direct Activity Report 2 due.

    May 1, 2015 Direct Activity Report 3 due.

    May 1, 2015 Project 3 due.
      May 1, 2015 Course ends. Firm date.



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    Contact Information

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