GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN SOFTWARE TESTING – LEVEL 7

        

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The aim of this programme is to equip learners with specialist and advanced software testing practices and technical skills.

Graduates of this programme will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge involving complex scenarios for various aspects of testing.

Equip learners with specialist and advanced software testing practices and technical skills.


Programme Outcomes:

  • Apply specialised knowledge of the software testing lifecycle.
  • Critically evaluate advanced software testing techniques.
  • Apply advanced software test management and leadership skills.
  • Plan and conduct testing in a range of software development projects.
  • Research, analyse and apply effective test management tools.
  • Critically evaluate and implement automation testing.
  • Evaluate and implement performance testing tools.
  • Apply acquired academic skills to carry out a research project.
  • Apply the specialise knowledge to ensure quality, design integrity and proper functionality in a software development or maintenance project.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Software Testing Level 7 constitutes an NZQA approved 120 credit Level 7 qualification. This qualification consists of eight modules. You need to pass in all papers to complete the qualification. The 40-week study of Graduate Diploma in Software Testing provides a specialist understanding, knowledge and skills in software testing. The aim of this programme is to equip learners with the specialist software testing advanced practices and technical skills in the IT industry. The programme will provide learners the advanced knowledge involving complex scenarios for test planning, test estimation, test designing, test execution, test scripting, performance testing, test governance and test management across software development life cycle over various platforms. The programme is suitable for learners who have a previous qualification, knowledge or experience in the IT sector and would want to become a specialised professional in software testing in the software development lifecycle (SDLC). This programme can act as a vehicle for IT degree graduates and/ or other graduates with experience in the IT sector to pursue a significant body of study at an advanced undergraduate level. This programme will enable learners to maintain their current currency and continuously develop their skills needed to excel in the software testing environment. This programme provides an up-to-date theoretical and applied knowledge to broaden student’s expertise by acquiring specialist software application testing knowledge which complements their current experience and/ or qualifications. Graduates will be capable of operating within applicable professional standards and practice, both independently and as part of a team.

Class Details:

  • Total class time is expected to be minimum of 20 hours per week
  • The classes will be held between 08:30 am and finish not later than 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
  • The classes may be held between 09:00 am and finish not later than 3:00 pm on Saturdays.
  • AGI reserves the right, due to insufficient student enrolments, staffing resource or any other matter, to cancel, reschedule, postpone classes or vary this schedule.
  • Module Aims

    Semester 1 Semester 2

    GDST 701 Software Testing Life Cycle Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to tune learners with industry recognized software testing terminologies, concepts, structure and various life cycles to contribute efficiently in a typical testing engagement of a realistic environment.

    GDST 702 Testing Tasks and Techniques Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to enable learners to learn, select and practice optimal techniques across testing tasks for the high-quality software deliveries by revealing deviations of the software product from the requirements.

    GDST 703 Test Management and Test Governance Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to enable learners to manage and control various testing activities, changes, associated risks, quality standards, stakeholder’s relationship in a testing project context and enabling them to align testing objectives with overall project and organisational objectives to meet the customer’s requirements.

    GDST 704 Specialized Testing Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to enable learners to do effective planning and execution around testing of various application development environments including mobile, web-services, hardware and software compatibility to deliver globally acceptable and workable software applications for an IT organisation. Version: 1 Date: January 2017 11

    GDST 705 Test Management Tool Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to enable learners to evaluate, select, implement, use and maintain an effective test management tool to enhance the effectiveness and improve efficiencies in a testing department to meet IT organisation needs.

    GDST 706 Functional Automation Testing Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to build test automation capabilities in learners to select, develop, implement and perform efficient functional automation testing for an IT organisation.

    GDST 707 Performance Testing Credit 15

    The aim of this module is to enable learners to evaluate, select, implement, use and maintain an effective performance testing tool and scripts to ensure developed software program or application is meeting required performance standards as per organisation need.

    GDST 708 Related Learning Experience Credit 15

    This paper will enable learners to critically evaluate and understand the requirements of software testing working in an IT organisation which will inform their personal and work attitude on placement, apply industry standards and best practices to meet standards expected at the workplace. Learners can gain added knowledge while working in the IT setting.
    The timetable is subject to final confirmation by AGI.

    Class timetable will be provided on the Orientation day.

    Possible Career Pathways:

    Graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge to gain employment in roles such as:
    • Test Engineer (Manual Testing)
    • Test Engineer (Automation Testing)
    • Test Engineer (Performance Testing)
    • Test Analyst (Manual Testing)
    • Senior Test Analyst (Manual Testing)
    • Test Lead (Manual Testing)
    • Technical Test Lead (Automation)
    • Test Consultant (Manual and Automation)

    Entry Requirements



    • Domestic applicants must have: * Bachelor or higher IT degree; and/or * Subject to the regulations of the award, those who have been able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience in an IT related field may be granted admission


    • International applicants must have: * Bachelor or higher IT degree; and * NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (Appendix 2) i.e. an IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5; or the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) [Ref: 1883].