SENG403-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Software Process and Product Quality

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course introduces software quality key concepts, practices, methodologies and techniques present through the software lifecycle.

2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

This course will discuss concepts for systematically establishing, defining and managing software quality from technical, organisational and management perspectives. Topics covered in the course include the following:

• Quality basics and introduction
An introduction to the basic concepts of quality, its relation to Software Engineering, the current obstacles and solutions for ensuring quality of software systems.
• Quality models and standards
A review of quality standards, conventions and models used in the industry.
• Managing quality in software projects
An overview of the quality management knowledge and techniques, including planning and control activities.
• Quality in software processes
An in-depth review of the challenges faced by organizations developing software products, and how those are managed through software process improvement initiatives.
• Product quality
A description of the quality approach focused on the quality attributes of a software product, the models, standards and validation and verification practices.
• Introduction to measurement
An overview to the need of measure, its basic concepts, the standards and methodologies related with metrics and measurement.
• Tools and techniques
A review of quality tools and techniques useful during management and assurance processes.

Learning Outcomes

  • LO1 – Demonstrate advanced knowledge of quality concepts. Describe, discuss, and apply the principles of SQA.
  • LO2 – Apply analysis skills to abstract and devise quality problems that affect process, product and people (the P’s) in the software engineering context, paying special attention to the communities’ realities (including Māori communities) and people’s norms and origins.
  • LO3 – Hypothesize specific improvements to make the three P’s more effective, efficient and reliable.
  • LO4 – Evaluate complex and integral systems in order to recognize failures.
  • LO5 – Implement and justify quality management systems in a controlled and organized manner, allowing a continuous improvement.
  • LO6 – Compare and evaluate available solutions and apply the most suitable strategy to improve quality aspects of the P’s.
  • LO7 – Demonstrate and apply advanced SQA techniques and tools proficiently.
  • LO8 – Plan and evaluate, in the form of an experience report, an organizational process or product in terms of quality attributes.
  • LO9 – Write, compose and explain SQA outcomes (assessments, audit reports, plans), supported by an oral synthesis to demonstrate effective communication skills both in report writing and presentation.


Course Coordinator

Miguel Morales


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment One 27 Aug 2021 30%
Assignment Two 04 Oct 2021 30%
Final Exam 40%

2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,033.00

International fee $4,938.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

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