Testing and Software Improvement COMPSCI1022

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is intended for Graduate Apprenticeship students only.


Students taking this course will know how to write code in a given language. The purpose of this course is to improve the quality of their code, bringing it up to a professional standard with considerations for testing, efficiency and readability.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Written examination 60%, in-class quizzes 5%, 10% Group Project, 25% Individual Project

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the concept of testing in broad terms, as well as the rationale for common strategies and methodologies employed by developers. It will also introduce students to code refactoring and clean coding guidelines.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

1. Describe and apply different software testing methodologies as part of a test suite. 

2. Explain various development methodologies and underline the benefits and drawbacks of each in different contexts. 

3. Apply clean code concepts in order to write code of a high standard. 

4. Employ refactoring techniques to improve the efficiency and readability of code. 

5. Apply a range of measurement and analysis techniques to improve quality of software.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.