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Test data generation method for dynamic - structural testing in automatic programming assessment

Sarker, Md. Shahadath (2016) Test data generation method for dynamic - structural testing in automatic programming assessment. Masters thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Automatic Programming Assessment or so-called APA has being known as a significant method in assisting lecturers to perform automated assessment and grading on students’ programming assignments. Having to execute a dynamic testing in APA, it is necessary to prepare a set of test data through a systematic test data generation process. Particularly focusing on the software testing research area, various automated methods for test data generation have been proposed. However, they are rarely being utilized in recent studies of APA. There have been limited early attempts to integrate APA and test data generation, but there is still a lack of research in deriving and generating test data for dynamic structural testing. To bridge the gap this study proposes a method of test data generation for dynamic structural testing (or is called DyStruc-TDG). DyStruc-TDG is realized as a tangible deliverable that acts as a test data generator to support APA. The findings from conducted controlled experiment that is based on one-group pre-test and post-test design depict that DyStruc-TDG improves the criteria of reliability (or called positive testing) of test data adequacy in programming assessments. The proposed method is expectantly to assist the lecturers who teach introductory programming courses to derive and generate test data and test cases to perform automatic programming assessment regardless of having a particular knowledge of test cases design in conducting a structural testing. By utilizing this method as part of APA, the lecturers’ workload can be reduced effectively since the typical manual assessments are always prone to errors and leading to inconsistency.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: test data generation, Automatic Programming Assessment, dynamic testing, structural testing, path coverage, Modified Condition/Decision Coverage.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 01:30
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 01:30
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/6547

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