Test Release Candidate (Activity)

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Title Release Testing
Overview Student will test a release candidate for an open source software project and report findings.
Prerequisite Knowledge Students will probably need to use git (see the Git_Activity series).
Learning Objectives Students will be able to:
  1. Explain how release testing fits into the software development life cycle (SDLC).
  2. Go through the steps of a release test and provide their observations.
  3. Describe (in generic terms) the steps required for release testing (3)


Is there background reading material?

Are there other activities the student should have done first?

What is the rational for this activity?

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(reference links for later)


  1. Read about what release testing is and why it's done.
  2. Test a release.
  3. Write release testing instructions for a new version of a boxed cake mix.


What will the student hand in?


How will the activity be graded?

How will learning will be measured?

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Criteria Level 1 (fail) Level 2 (pass) Level 3 (good) Level 4 (exceptional)
The purpose of the project
Why the project is open source


What should the instructor know before using this activity? What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?

Additional Information

Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
Materials/Environment What does the student need? Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
Author(s) Gina Litkins
Source Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
License Under which license is this material made available? (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)

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