Guía Docente 2020-21


Id.: 30071
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 3 Teaching period: Segundo Cuatrimestre
Credits: 3 Total hours: 75
Classroom activities: 35 Individual study: 40
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Inglés
Lecturer: COLOMA BAIGES, DANIEL (T) Email:


Day by the day the complexity and amount of problems to be solved via Software is increasing. Unfortunately, the software tools, methodologies and techniques are not evolving at the same pace. Due to this, guranteeing the Quality of the Software has become more complicated. Hence, In a global world, where competition is so strong, having products of better quality than the competitors is essential.

However, the first challenging question is understanding what is Software Quality. We will work to identify different ways to assess Software Quality, especially paying attention to the customers point of view, as they are the ones that make a Software Product meaningful.

We will also review different metrics that can be useful in order to asses the quality of a product as well as the quality of the process a product was build with.

We will present how the dynamic nature of Software requires a suitable set of tools that allow the Software to be managed, allowing many people to work together in the same software and in different versions.

Last but no least, we will review the activities that allow to assure the quality of a product (e.g. check that the product meets some expectations) with special emphaysis in Testing.


General programme competences G02 Innovative capacity to propose and find new and efficient ways to undertake any task and/ or function within the professional environment - highly motivated by quality.
G03 Capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams to achieve common objectives, placing group interests before personal ones.
G06 Capacity to analyse and find a solution to complex problems or unforeseen situations which may arise while working in any type of socio-economic organisation.
G07 Capacity to work flexibly and with versatility to adapt to the needs and requirements of the work situation.
G09 Capacity to make decisions impartially and rationally.
G11 Ability to get on in a multicultural or international environment, interacting with people of different nationalities, languages and cultures.
Specific programme competences E05 Capacity to assess the economic and business features of engineering activities.
E06 Capacity to apply quality assurance processes to processes and products.
E12 Capacity to manage complexity through abstraction, modelling, 'best practices', patterns, standards and the use of the appropriate tools.
E21 Capacity to perform tests that verify the validity of the project (functional, data integrity, performance of the computer applications, equipment, communications, etc.).
E22 Capacity to undertake implementation tasks which require a high degree of technical awareness in different spheres (programming, configuration of hardware and communications equipment, etc.).
E26 Capacity to define and manage quality policies for IT and communications systems, applying quantitative principles based on metrics and statistics.
Learning outcomes R01 Work methodically.
R02 Automate repetitive tasks.
R03 Anticipate potential problems.
R04 Analyse risks.
R05 Rigorously apply quality processes.
R06 Design solutions to problems.
R07 Master methodologies for organised software construction.
R08 Interact in English in a work situation.
R09 Interact in English in a work situation.
R10 Apply mathematical techniques to engineering.


"Software Engineering"




- Understand what is Quality and Sottware Quality and how quality is part of the Software Development (and Delivery) process.

- Learn how to measure some attributes related to Quality.

- Learn about which activities can be carried out to increase Software Quality (preventing defects, removing them or minimizing the impact on end-users)

- Learn which tools are available and should be used to deliver high quality software.


Subject contents:

1 - Introduction to Software Quality
    1.1 - What is Software Quality
    1.2 - Software Quality Activities
    1.3 - Software Quality Engineering
2 - Software Quality Metrics
    2.1 - Product Metrics
    2.2 - Process Metrics
    2.3 - Metrics in Object Oriented Programming
3 - Software Configuration Management
    3.1 - Basic Principles
    3.2 - Patterns
    3.3 - Continous Integration
    3.4 - Other Tools
    3.5 - SCM in practice: Git
4 - Testing
    4.1 - Basic Concepts
    4.2 - Key Activities
    4.3 - Test Coverage
    4.4 - Input Domain Partition and Boundary Testing
    4.5 - Flow Control, dependencies and interactions
    4.6 - Patterns
    4.7 - Frameworks
    4.8 - Test Driven Development
5 - QA Activities beyond Testing
    5.1 - Defect Prevention and Process Improvement
    5.2 - Code Inspection and Formal Verification
    5.3 - Assertion Driven Development and Design by Contract
    5.4 - Error Tolerance and Failure Contention

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

- Master classes: Teacher will use these to solve doubts about lessons that should have been studied before, assignments as well as presenting new subjects for the following weeks.

- Tutoring Sessions: These sessions will be used for having more interactive sessions with the students, especially about practical cases, assignments or exercises.

- Practical Cases: These sessions are intended to learn a specific tool or a best practice, for instance, learning how to use git.

- Problem Resolution: These sessions will be used for resolving practical exercises.


It is recommended to students:

- to be up-to-date with the subject, following the topics that are presented by the teacher in every session.

- To participate actively in the classes, asking questions or raising any issue in a timely manner.

- To resolve optional exercises and assignments as suggested by the teacher.


The attendance rules and the corresponding penalties will be strictly enforced as described in section 4.5 of the academic guide for degree programs 2018-2019 (pages 29, 30 and 31).

Students won't be allowed to enter the classroom after the beginning of the class or leave before it ends without a clear and fair justification (can be considered either of the two alleged lack of assistance)


Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 20
Practical exercises 5
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 5
Other practical activities 2
Assessment activities 3
Individual study
Individual study 16
Individual coursework preparation 14
Group cousework preparation 5
Research work 5
Total hours: 75


Calculation of final mark:

Written tests: 10 %
Individual coursework: 40 %
Group coursework: 10 %
Final exam: 30 %
Participation: 10 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

Horch, John W. “Practical Guide to Software Quality Management”, Artech House, 2003
Patton, Ron. “Software Testing”, 2nd ed., Sams Publishing, 2005
Nygard, Michael, "Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software", O'Reilly, 2018
Humble, Jez & Farley, David. Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases Through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation, Addison-Wesley, 2010
Fowler, Martin. "Refactoring", Pearson Addison Wesley, 2018
Martin, Robert C. "Clean Code", Prentice Hall, 2008

Recommended bibliography:

Kan, Stephen (2002). “Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering”, Addison Wesley
Evans, Isabel (2004). “Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork”, Artech House.
Ravindranath, Pandian. “Software Metrics. A Guide to Planning, Analysis and Application”, Auerbach Publications, 2004
Tian, Jeff. “Software Quality Engineering. Testing, Quality Assurance and Quantifiable Improvement”, John Wiley, 2005.
Stamelos, Ioannis G. “Agile Software Development Quality Assurance”, Idea Group Inc, 2007.
Burnstein, Ilene. “Practical Software Testing”, Springer-Verlag, 2003.
Lewis, William. “Software Testing and Continuous Quality Improvement” 2nd ed., Auerbach Publications, 2005.

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