Software Quality and Testing 2018 T2

Assignment 1 – A Report of Black Box (or Equivalent) Testing (20 marks)

Due Date: 4:00 pm, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 August 22, 2018

Submission: a report file in PDF format prepared according to the following objectives and problem statement.


1. To understand the critical issues in software testing, including but not limited to black box, white box and grey box testing.

2. To demonstrate the ability to research and apply proper techniques to address a given bug.

3. To write a proper essay for a specific topic and presenting/arguing the findings.

Problem Statement

Selenium, JUnit, TestNG and Yasca are automation testing frameworks widely used by the industry. You are required to demonstrate your ability of correctly identify which testing method along with testing tool(s) to use to perform a test on a selected program.

You have given a program along with this assignment question as an example of the programs you can use for purpose of assignments of this unit. The taxMe program mimics some basic Australian taxation rules by calculating the taxable annual income based on four input variables including salary, medicareLevy, TBRLevy (Temporary budget repair levy), and Lilevy (Lowincome levy). The output of the program will be the amount of the payable tax and the income after tax. It calculates the payable tax based on the following rules:

1. If your annual income is less than $18,200, you do not need to pay any tax.

2. If your income is between $18,201 and $37,000, you have to pay 19% for the amount that exceeds the tax-free threshold, which is $18,200.

3. If your income is between $37,001 and $80,000, you have to pay $3572 plus 32.5% for the amount that exceeds $37,001.

4. If your income is between $80,001 and $180,000, you have to pay $17,547 plus 37% for the amount that exceeds $80,001.

5. If your income is more than $180,000, you have to pay $54,547 plus 45% for the amount that exceeds $180,000.

6. There are levies applicable to each stage of tax, each will make subtle changes to your payable tax:

· medicareLevy will introduce a 2% increase on the tax.

· Lilevy will offset the first taxable tier to $20,543 instead of $18,200.

TBRlevy will introduce a further 2% increase, however, it can only be applied to the top tier of income earners. Please note that provided program is just an example of what you can use. It is your choice to use this program or any other program with the same level of complexity including web application as you wish. Also, note that you need to use the same program for your assignment 2.

Upon satisfactory completion of this assignment, you will be able to conduct basic level research in software engineering, analyse gathered information, and communicate your findings. To demonstrate your achievement of these goals, you must write a 3,000-word report.

Your report should consist of the following chapters:

1. A proper title which matches the contents of your report.

2. Your name and Deakin student number in the author line.

3. An executive summary which summarises your findings. (You may need hints on writing good executive summaries from

4. An introduction chapter which explains about your chosen program, test methods and test tools.

5. A literature review chapter which surveys the latest academic papers regarding software testing and testing tools which include all papers listed below. You are advised to identify and include more papers published by ACM and IEEE journals or conference proceedings. Your review must not simply be a summary of each paper, but rather a deep analysis of the body of work reported in the set of paper. Your aim in this part of the report is to demonstrate deep and thorough understanding of the existing body of knowledge encompassing software testing. The minimum number of references for this assignment is 20.

6. An evaluation and justification of your chosen testing method and tool(s) based on the program.

7. A conclusions chapter which summarises major findings of the study and indicates future work which should be conducted in the area.

· 8. A bibliography list of all cited papers and other resources. IEEE and Harvard are preferred.