Software Reliability

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Software reliability is a Masters level course which explores classic and modern methods of software testing. The course will be modified and updated over time.

IMPORTANT! covid-19 Arrangements for VT 2021

In line with ongoing KTH covid-19 policy, this course is currently expected to be given entirely online. To support this, the lectures have all been video recorded, and films will be made available online in Canvas for self-study. The same lecture material will also be delivered live online using Zoom at the course scheduled times, where you can raise questions. Course lecture notes are available online, and there will also be a variety of self-study written material that supports the course. Labs will be supported online, and model lab answers will be presented during interactive online seminars. In this way we will minimise the health risks to ourselves and our course colleagues.

The examination form for DD2459 Software Reliability has been a take-home exam for the last 8 years. This examination form is well adapted to the covid-19 pandemic constraints, and no changes are needed this year.

Course Content

The subject matter of this course concerns modern and practical techniques for software testing and reliability modeling, suitable for the working software engineer. Software testing concerns the problem of analyzing and evaluating software products to reach some conclusion about their fitness for use. For safety critical, mission critical and enterprise critical systems development it is nowadays essential to have some form of software quality assurance measures in place within an IT project. Quality assurance measures may involve both managerial and technical procedures. However, the primary focus of this course will be on technical procedures to predict, discover and diagnose errors in software systems.

Performance on the course for individuals will be assessed by the grade awarded for lab work and a take-home examination. Successfully completed lab work gives a total of 3 points. The examination gives 4.5 points. The total number of points given by the course is 7.5 points.


If you have a disability, you may receive support from Funka, KTH’s coordinator for students with disabilities, see . Please inform the course coordinator if you have special needs not related to the written exam, and show your certificate from Funka.

- Support measures under code R (i.e. adjustments related to space, time, and physical circumstances) are generally granted by the examiner.

- Support measures under code P (pedagogical measures) may be granted or rejected by the examiner, after you have applied for this in accordance with KTH rules. Normally, support measures under code P will be granted”.


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