Course ObjectiveAfter completing this practical, the students will be able to build in a
short time a prototype of a safety-critical embedded system, and
produce all the needed artifacts, such as: system requirements
specification, safety and risk analysis, design, code, test plans and
test reports and a post-mortem analysis.
Course ContentThis project creates a "playground" where students can experiment with
different testing techniques they learned during the Software Testing
course. Moreover, testing is practiced as just one phase in a more
general, systems engineering process, where software meets hardware.
systems under test, a model railway and a salinity and temperature
controlled water plant, are inspired from real safety-critical systems,
such as railway management systems and automatic insulin pumps. Both
systems are realized using an NXP LPC 1768 mbed microcontroller and
The students will work using an Agile methodology during four weeks full
time, in groups of four
students. The idea is to specify, design, code and test a functional and
safe embedded system. Each group will demonstrate its product and write
a report. The grading is based on the quality of the testing strategy
and self-reflection, and
not on the quality of implementation. Expertise from software industry
will be available to steer the student groups, thus bringing the
academic setup closer to a realistic, industrial setting.
Teaching MethodsThe lab is open daily for the students and there are weekly meetings
with the steering group. Full-time commitment is needed to fulfil the
Method of AssessmentWritten report and presentation. The final grade is calculated as: 0,2 *
scope definition + 0,5 * testing strategy * 0,1 * reflection + 0,2 *
presentation. A pass needs a final grade that is >= 5.5. There is no
possibility to resit the practical.
Entry RequirementsA Software Testing course. Programming skills. C++ and electronics
knowledge is recommended, but not required.
Additional InformationAll material is available in Canvas. The number of participants is
limited to 24.
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a limited capacity of 24 students. In case the number of candidates exceeds this number, we will select the most qualified and motivated students.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. N. Silvis-Cividjian|
|Examiner||dr. N. Silvis-Cividjian|
dr. N. Silvis-Cividjian
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Computer lab|
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