The 1st International Workshop on Education and Training for Quality Software Engineering,
in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Quality Software (QSIC '05),
IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, pp. 55-63 (2005)

Software Testing Education and Training in Hong Kong 1

F.T. Chan 2 , T.H. Tse 3 , W.H. Tang 4 , and T.Y. Chen 5

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While the use of computer applications is widely spread in every business and, hence, the reliability of software is critical, it is believed that many organizations involved in software development do not take software testing sufficiently seriously as an important task. It is worthwhile to find out how far organizations are carrying out software testing in a systematic and structured manner or still taking on an ad-hoc approach. A survey was conducted to understand the software testing practices and the level of related education and training in Hong Kong. It was found that most testing team members did not have formal training in software testing. University curricula generally did not prepare graduates with enough coverage in software testing. It is proposed that a review of the current software engineering curricula in the universities to examine the coverage of software testing will be useful to the development of quality software.

Keywords: software testing, software engineering curriculum

1. This research is supported in part by a grant of the HKU SPACE research fund.
2. School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
3. Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
4. The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Hong Kong.
5. Centre for Software Analysis and Testing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn 3122, Australia.


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