Test Design Techniques

Test Design Techniques


Software testers, test analysts and test managers.

The course is generic and not based on any software or hardware platform.


A basic knowledge of software testing.


4 days.

Lecture presentations are supported by practical exercises allowing reinforcement of learning and enhancement of the understanding process. Delegates will use a number of specially designed training applications to carry out hands-on testing.

Course Objectives

Testing shows the presence, not the absence, of bugs. How many times have you heard that? The trick, however, is finding critical bugs - and quickly. There are many techniques available to a tester but deciding which to use under different sets of circumstances can be daunting. Do you just use the ones you know and hope for the best?

This course introduces the latest software testing standard ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 and then concentrates on the techniques contained in the standard. Additionally, two areas of non-functional testing which are of increasing importance - usability/accessibility and security penetration testing - are included, with no specialised knowledge required.

At the end of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the testing process as defined in the standard and how it fits into a development cycle.
  • Choose suitable test techniques for the level of testing to be undertaken, taking into account project constraints and the software quality required.
  • Carry out testing using the chosen techniques and produce appropriate test documentation.
  • Understand how to perform usability and accessibility testing.
  • Provide support for a security penetration testing effort.

Course Content

Testing and Quality
Software quality, ISO 9126.
Quality control and quality assurance.
What do we test against?
What do we test with?

The Testing Process
Development process (Waterfall, Incremental, RAD, Agile).
Levels of test.
The testing process, ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119.
Dynamic test process documentation.

Structure-based Testing Techniques
Statement testing.
Branch testing.
Decision testing.
Condition testing.
Data flow testing.

Specification-based Testing Techniques
Equivalence partitioning.
Classification tree method.
Boundary value analysis.
State transition testing.
Decision table testing.
Cause-effect graphing.
Syntax testing.
Combinatorial test techniques.
Scenario testing.
Random testing.

Risk-based Testing
Risk identification.
Risk assessment.
Risk exposure.
Test prioritisation.

Experience-based Testing Techniques
Error guessing.
Checklist-based testing.
Quick attacks.
Common failure modes.
Exploratory testing.
Testing without requirements.

Test Automation
Why automate?
Tool issues.
Guidelines for using automated testing.
Criteria for automating.

Usability and Accessibility Testing
General usability testing. 
Help systems.
Usability guidelines.
Use case analysis.
Performing usability tests.
Multivariate testing.
Usability metrics.
Colour confusion.
Components of Web accessibility.
Web accessibility initiative.
Web content accessibility guidelines.

Application Security Testing
Client attacks - text input and drop-down lists.
Credentials transport testing.
Testing for user enumeration.
Brute force attacks.
Password remember and reset.
Logout testing, cached pages.
Hidden fields.
CGI parameters.
Cookie poisoning.
Session hijacking and session fixation.
Testing for SQL injection.
Testing for authorisation bypass attacks.
Testing for SELECT statement attacks.
URL-based SQL injection.
Testing for INSERT statement attacks.
Cross site scripting, phishing.
Reflective and persistent cross site scripting.
HTTP methods and cross site tracing.
Buffer overflows.

Virtual Courses

ALL of our courses can be delivered virtually. And our Bath public schedule of courses are now available as live virtual sessions, using the popular Zoom Virtual Classroom and remote labs. Delegates can test their access at: www.zoom.us/test

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