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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Black-box and White-box Testing by University of Minnesota

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About the Course

After completing this course, learners will have an understanding of a variety of black-box and white-box testing techniques. The learner will have put this understanding into practice, creating effective sets of test cases (called a test suite) to properly exercise software for defect finding. The learner will have examined requirements for testability, created an oracle for automated testing, assessed fault-finding effectiveness of test suites, and generated inputs using a variety of techniques. After completing this course, you will be able to: - evaluate testability of requirements - define testable units within a program specification - apply black-box test input selection methods - specifically boundary-value analysis, fuzzing, and random selection - and select the method most-suited to achieve the given testing objective - assess the fault-finding effectiveness of a functional test suite using mutation testing - use category partitioning to develop automated functional tests (with Cucumber) based on a given software specification - create an expected-value oracle from a program description to use within the generated tests In order to do well in this course, you should have experience with an OOP language (like Java), have an IDE installed (e.g., Eclipse), and be familiar with testing terminology (see Intro to Software Testing course within this specialization). we also expect a familiarity with the Software Development Lifecycle and the context in which the testing stage sits. This course is primarily aimed at those learners interested in any of the following roles: Software Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Test Automation Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Software Developer, Programmer, Computer Enthusiast....
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By Gerd K

Sep 13, 2020

The course is buggy and thanks to bugs impossible to complete, I have payed 150 dollars so far and I cant complete the spechialization now thanks to black-box and white-box testing week 4 assignment 1.

The staff are unresponsive and they dont answer questions on the discussion forum, the assignments are vague and look like they have been put together in a hurry.

Link to external resources for the course has been hijacked for months and it leaads to malicious websites.

For a course on testing they sure as hell havent tested their own course.

By Rakhi S

Oct 3, 2021

Do not get trap into this certificate "Software Testing and Automation Specialization" last topic is not available since march 2021, you will end up wasting your money.

This is a fraud.

By Marcela M

Dec 26, 2020

There is not support of the teachers, the material is old because now we have Java 14 and some configurations doesn't work.

By Budi S

Sep 16, 2021

Very good & well constructed course material, especially the introduction to Gherkin language part. The only thing needs improvement is the automated assignment validation, it does not provide sufficient information for the learner to debug

By Jean J

Feb 20, 2022

Great course, covering important theoretical foundations. I really appreciate Dr Whalen's teaching, because he goes in depth into the topics. I also enjoyed his parts in the previous course of this specialization. Hope to see more of his materials.


Nov 18, 2021

Course is very interesting but, i think there are some problem in the system where it graded automatically. Same file i submitted repeatedly but got different comments. Anyway, the course was very exciting and mindstorming.

By Bhuvana R

Jan 4, 2023

Great experience with Coursera!

By Majd K

Apr 9, 2022

it is a proffissional course

By Maria E O

Feb 17, 2023


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Aug 23, 2021

By Amfilohios I

Nov 28, 2020

It was a good and fruitful course, a lot of technical material is presentend and the knowledge is present.... but the assignments at the end of the course proved a bit more difficult for the given material. Thanks to the instructors for their excellent work though!

But you have to take under serious consideration the AutoGrader strange behavior!

The grader needs to be better and more detailed at feedback, since when you are left with one these tasks to complete your course this is extremely frustrating! To be more precise, you end up constantly submitting your draft assignment files (with trial and error logic) to be prompted with error messages for your many errors, that are quite abstract and you are walking blind!

By Marco A A M

Jul 22, 2021

In this course you really learn what testing is, if you do not have experience it will cost you and I mean hat you should look for more theory and examples than those that come in this course, there is not much in the forums that you can verify more than the people who ask For the full course, some pogramming tasks are very simple (more thinking than writing) and others are really a monster if you want to get 10

In conclusion if you pass it you learn very, very well you could be at the basic intermediate level of Junit and cucumber tests

By Alcides C d M N

Mar 28, 2022

The theory and classes are very good, but the two final projects are very hard to get right, the grading could be better, either you pass perfectly or you dont', its' really finnicky, you make very small changes to your tests and hope that it passes each time, theres not much output feedback, so you really dont know which tests are failing and why, it makes it way harder than it should.

By Santiago R Z

Sep 28, 2022

Little feedback in the programming assignments. It just says that you did not verify the version correctly but it says so even if you are missing one dot.

By Mohammed Y

Feb 14, 2023

Lil Difficulty

By Typical U

Jan 3, 2021

The final task is very difficult because It has uninformative feedback. I never knew which one of my tests is wrong. And I had to find errors in my package by sending a lot of combinations of my tests to the grader.

The most unobvious error in the buggy version was four recipes instead of three. It is not an error at all, because in this task we don't have Golden versions or requirements and even installation of CofeeMakerUI was written as if four recipes were a norm (4 recipes in the list).

Also, I don't understand why I have so small coverage. Maybe the issue is in the errors from mutant versions. On my computer coverage was higher than 90% in all checked classes.

By Chinemelu E

Feb 14, 2021

Week 4's test instructions is not clear and no easy way to tell if one is in the right direction or not. Maybe give more hints about what to test for or at least indicate which bugs are not caught in the results feedback or something!

By Clare A

Mar 4, 2022

Would be an excellent course if there were still live support and if some of the required course materials were not becoming outdated. Very few people complete the course. Most get stuck at week 3 or 4. I got stuck at week 4.

By Timothy K

Sep 8, 2022

Automatic grader is too strict, with very little feedback on what you're doing wrong. Had to spend several hours guessing where the error in my program was, since on my PC it was working fine.

By Daniels P

Apr 1, 2022

Last 2 assignments are difficult to understand at first, but they're possible. Still, it takes way too long to get through them.

By Surya N D

Feb 16, 2022

The course is fine but the assignments are extremely difficult to complete as no error is explanatory enough to say what exactly is missing in your code..No sample snippet is there to help.

The staff are unresponsive and they dont answer questions on the discussion forum, the assignments are vague and look like they have been put together in a hurry.It seems the people who hae put the course have left this course unattended as they never respond in the discussion forums.

By Tasko D

Sep 2, 2021

Complete dissatisfcation with this course. Platform for checking submission of the assignments is not relaiable at all. For empty files, you may get a mark of 5/10: complete disappointment and 0 support for the problems. No one is checking the feedback from the learners. Learners should find something else if they want to progress. They can wait for weeks, and no one will unblock them or provide any feedback.

By Julio O L P

Jul 12, 2022

This course is definitely the worst of the University of Michigan QA Automation course series, it uses a bit outdated technologies and in week 4 there are a lot of compilation errors in the last assignments.

By Manasa H V

Feb 21, 2023

Programming Assignments details could have been better since it is an introduction to cucumber & gherkin. Learning videos or some sort of help videos with more detail would have been helpful