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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in Software Quality Assurance
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19-06-2019

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Program

Edition
4th Edition
Credits
15 ECTS (172 teaching hours)
Modality
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Catalan / Spanish
Fee
3.800 €
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0.7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 05/11/2019
Classes end: 30/04/2020
Programme ends : 18/07/2020
Timetable
Tuesday: 18:00 to 22:00
Thursday: 18:00 to 22:00
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Barcelona
Why this programme?

Software is part of most everyday activities today. Software bugs therefore have an economic and social impact for companies, institutions and for society in general. Examples include when it is impossible to make an online reservation that is crucial for a company's business, when an air accident occurs because of a bug in information systems, when an organisation erroneously bills for its services, when a system allows quality standards to be breached (Software Quality Assurance - SQA) during the software's development, delivery and maintenance process.

Recent history contains many examples of major consequences arising from software errors. An inadequate SQA strategy increases the risk of errors and as a result, the consequences for users and for organisations responsible for the software, which can have a major impact in some cases (millions of euros in losses, diplomatic conflicts, loss of human life, etc). The effects are varied and can range from income and business volume to reputation. In the United States, for example, a study conducted in 2012 by the US Department of Commerce entitled The Economic Impacts of Inadequate Infrastructure for Software Testing revealed that "the national annual costs of an inadequate infrastructure for software testing is estimated to range from $22.2 to $59.5 billion".

Today, the search for flexibility in the development process and the continuous delivery of applications also affects software quality strategies. A reduced time-to-market is an essential requirement in many software engineering contexts, which must be combined with management of a broad-based quality process. This involves various activities, ranging from defining the requirements of a system to its maintenance and delivery, through quality assurance in its development and the application of testing techniques (manual or automated) enabling the systems to be validated from various perspectives (functional, security, performance, usability, etc.)

This postgraduate programme aims to train professionals with a profile of experience combined strategic project management and the technical expertise required for quality assurance in software development, maintenance and processing projects. The market demands that companies have engineers qualified in this field. For this reason, the UPC School has created this postgraduate programme, with the collaboration of the company main Sogeti España and the best professionals.

The program offers the possibility of internships in Sogeti España. During this period the student will be able to expand and implement the knowledge acquired in class and extend their professional network within the sector.

An advanced level of English is required to take full advantage of the programme.

Promoted by:
Aims
  • To train engineers specialising in Software Quality Assurance.
  • To meet the need for this professional profile in today's software engineering market, in which there are challenges such as reducing maintenance costs, reaction to ongoing changes, investment in improvement processes in software projects, the consolidation of quality assurance activities, a cross-disciplinary perspective, etc.

Who is it for?

Graduates in computer engineering and related degrees and/or professional experience in software engineering.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 32h
Introduction & Requirements Engineering
  • Purpose and motivation of the quality assurance systems software.
  • Software economics and ROI.
  • Short review of software engineering methods.
  • History and case studies.
  • Ensuring software quality as a cross-wise activity.
  • Requirements Engineering as a base for Software Quality Assurance.
  • Specification techniques (requirements in natural language, use cases, models, business process models and user stories).
  • Prototyping.
  • Business-Driven Development (BDD).
  • Model-Driven Engineering (MDE).
  • Acceptance criteria & validation techniques.
  • Prioritization.
  • RE in different domains: Embedded software, Off-the-shelf, Internet & Mobile, Government, Health Care, Banking, etc.
  • Tool-based hands-on exercises.
3 ECTS 44h
Software Testing
  • Introduction and motivation.
  • History, evolution and challenges of testing.
  • Testing levels (Unit testing, System testing, Integration testing, User Acceptance Testing).
  • Testing types (Smoke testing, Functional testing, Regression testing, Sanity testing, Performance testing, Usability testing, Security testing).
  • Tests design techniques.
  • Coverage and impact analysis.
  • Beta testing/ alpha testing.
  • Testing & knowledge management.
  • Security testing.
  • Test automation.
  • Testing in regulated environments.
  • Testing in different domains.
  • Testing of APIs.
  • Tool-based hands-on exercises.
1 ECTS 16h
Quality in Software Engineering
  • Quality Assurance in Software Development Methodologies.
  • Quality models and standards (CMMI, ISO, ...).
  • Code inspections & reviews.
  • Knowledge and Technical Debt.
2 ECTS 32h
Quality in Agile Methods
  • User stories.
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD).
  • eXtreme Programming (XP).
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD).
  • Best Practices in Coding (Clean Code).
  • Tool-based hands-on exercises.
1 ECTS 16h
DevOps and Continuous Integration
  • DevOps. Continuous integration and continuous delivery.
  • Customer support.
  • Software and product maintenance (ticketing, bug tracking, escalation).
  • Transformation projects.
  • Tool-based hands-on exercises.
2 ECTS 28h
Cross-Wise Software Quality Management
  • Definition of a Software Quality strategy.
  • Risks management.
  • Decision matrices and KPIs.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Roadmaps.
  • Existing tools for cross-wise Quality Management.
  • Tool-based hands-on exercises.
4 ECTS 4h
Course Project

The final project will be based on the following characteristics:

  • It will be a contribution in the context of a real project of a company.
  • It will be a way to promote technical innovation and to improve the quality assurance practices, taking the contents of the program as a base.

The project can be done individually or in previously defined gorups. It will be advised by a standing project manager.

The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Visits
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Business Game
Game thinking and its mechanics are used to solve certain problems or to make decisions, in order to motivate students in the learning process and to provide some results for analysis.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assesment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual Campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Sancho Samsó, Maria Ribera
    Former dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and lecturer in the Department of Service and Information System Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Academic coordination
  • Tort Pugibet, Albert
    Technical and responsible director of R & D in the unit of Digital Assurance & Testing of Sogeti Spain. He was a researcher and professor at the UPC, where he specialized in software engineering and quality assurance. He presented the doctoral thesis "Testing and Test-Driven Development of Conceptual Schemas". He has written several publications in specialized journals and has participated in international conferences. He currently coordinates the postgraduate course in Software Quality Control at the UPC and directs the Sogeti innovation laboratory (Sogeti Lab Spain).
Teaching staff
  • Álvarez Diz, Isaac
    Computer engineer and has extensive experience in the software quality industry. Currently, he is an innovation lead and QA manager in Sogeti's digital assurance & testing unit. He is a specialist in implementation and improvement of processes, tools and techniques for both test and quality assurance. He is in charge of QA projects for different international clients, as well as managing innovation initiatives in the field of quality. All this combines with his assiduous participation in publications and specialized presentations.
  • Malservisi, Giorgio
    He has a degree in electronics engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan (2000) and postgraduate degree in Business Administration and Management with "great distinction" from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2012). He works as IT Service Delivery Manager at the company Sogeti Spain, in the Software Control & Testing department. He has worked in various sectors in the software and electronics industry as a specialist in managing the lifecycle of products.
  • Pradel Miquel, Jordi
    The holder of a degree in computer engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). In 2005 he founded Agilogy, a company specialising in the agile development of custom-made software, where he helps combined teams from Agilogy and the client to successfully implement agile software development methodologies in technologically complex and rapidly changing environments, using functional programming and Scrum, Kanban and XP techniques, among others.
  • Sancho Samsó, Maria Ribera
    Former dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and lecturer in the Department of Service and Information System Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Teniente López, Ernest
    Professor in the Department of Service and Information System Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He has been head of software engineering courses for more than fifteen years, as regards both the specification of requirements and software design. He has also participated in various agreements with companies on issues related to software engineering. He is the lead researcher of the Information Modelling and Processing research group at the UPC, and has published numerous research papers on subjects related to software and database engineering. He has been a visiting researcher at the Politecnico di Milano and at the Universita' dei Roma Tre, in Italy.
  • Tort Pugibet, Albert
    Technical and responsible director of R & D in the unit of Digital Assurance & Testing of Sogeti Spain. He was a researcher and professor at the UPC, where he specialized in software engineering and quality assurance. He presented the doctoral thesis "Testing and Test-Driven Development of Conceptual Schemas". He has written several publications in specialized journals and has participated in international conferences. He currently coordinates the postgraduate course in Software Quality Control at the UPC and directs the Sogeti innovation laboratory (Sogeti Lab Spain).

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Sogeti España, SLU
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
    • Offers professional internships for students on the programme.
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Test engineer.
  • Quality assurance manager.
  • Development process consultant.
  • Consultant of transformation and improvement projects.

Testimonials & news

Testimonials


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Albert Tort, coordinador del posgrado en Software Quality Assurance, participa en el World Quality Report
28-09-2018
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