820 – Principles of Test Design

Course Description:

This is an introductory course of test design, covering many test techniques at a superficial level, with ways to compare strengths of different techniques and select complementary techniques to form an effective testing strategy.

The participants will have the opportunity to deepen and expand their understanding of the Heuristic Test Strategy Model for specification analysis and risk and concept-mapping tools for test planning.








Requirements for a Certificate:

Minimum attendance requirement is 75% of course events.

Assessed portfolio work for practical tasks like group and individual planning, observation, demonstration, micro-teaching, discussion and feedback sessions.

1000-word end of course Reflective Essay.





Course Outline:

820.01 – Cornerstones of Test Design

820.02 – Available software to work with

820.03 – The functionality to be tested

820.04 – Competences / Standards Based Assessment

820.05 – Testing techniques and heuristics

820.06 – Function testing, testing tours

820.07 – Risk-based testing, specification-based testing

820.08 – Scenario testing, domain testing, combination testing

820.09 – Planning skills to schedule the order of tests

820.10 – Testing Higher-Order Thinking Skills

820.11 – Heuristic Test Strategy Model

820.12 – Interpreting Test Scores & Benefiting from their results